Stedman Bailey Takes Part in Pro Day 2 Years After Shooting; Seeking NFL Return

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2018

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2014, file photo, St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey (12) carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. The Rams waived Bailey this week, but they intend to keep the receiver around the team while he recovers from gunshot wounds sustained last year. Bailey hasn’t been cleared medically to resume his football career. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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Former NFL wide receiver Stedman Bailey participated at Marshall's Pro Day on Wednesday, as noted by Grant Traylor of the Herald-Dispatch. This comes after he was shot in the head twice in November 2015 and told his playing career was likely over. 

"I don't think the Mountaineers would be happy to see this, but at the same time, those guys and everybody back in Morgantown knows what kind of mission I'm on," Bailey, a former wideout for West Virginia and the St. Louis Rams, said of working out at Marshall. "This is the first opportunity for me to show scouts what I've got and how I'm feeling. I don’t care about the colors. I'm just here to capitalize on the opportunity."

Bailey was the victim of a drive-by shooting, putting his career in jeopardy. Bailey, however, believed he would play again:

"I never had a doubt in my mind that I'd be able to play again. It kind of hurt with reports from doctors that I may not be able to walk or I may have trouble speaking again. Me, just being a positive person that I am, I just waved those reports off like, 'OK, we'll see.' I set it in my mind to show them differently. That incident happened in November 2015 and, five months later, I was on the field running routes and feeling good."

He credited a surgery that added a plate into his skull for accelerating his recovery and paving the way for his comeback attempt.

Bailey, 27, last played in the NFL during the 2015 season. For his career, he registered 59 receptions for 843 yards and two touchdowns in three seasons, adding a punt-return and rushing touchdown as well. He was a game-breaker during his college career, catching 114 passes for 1,622 yards and 25 touchdowns in the 2012 season alone.

He believes he's still capable of contributing to an NFL team despite being two years removed from playing in the league.

"I know a lot of teams probably remember me and what type of player I was at the time," he noted. "I'm trying to prove that I am still that guy and probably even better. It's all about proving it and capitalizing on the opportunities that are given to me."

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