It was a typical interview after practice Friday, with questions about fighting to make the roster and assessing how his play had been thus far in Flagstaff. Linebacker Stevie Baggs was coming off what looked like his best practice of camp, and the former CFL star was asked — after spending seven years playing everywhere else trying to get a training camp shot in the NFL — if he was getting any chance to enjoy the moment.
“I had a real, real emotional moment in my room today,” Baggs said. “Just thinking about how, on my worst day, it’s somebody else’s paradise. My aunt passed from cancer last August …”
Baggs actually looked away for a few seconds, trying not to let the emotion — or the tears fighting to get out — take over.
“Even when I can’t play football, man,” he continued, “I still have my life, my strength. Those are the types of things I was thinking about. I think about it often. ‘To whom much is given, much is required.’ If you want a lot in life, if you want a lot in what you do, you have to put in and work.”
Baggs is growing comfortable in what he is doing, even if the Cards have a logjam of outside linebackers. He is currently running third-team, behind starters Clark Haggans and Joey Porter, and backups Cody Brown and Will Davis. But he should get some chances to play in games, and — as a defensive end racking up sacks during his Canadian Football League stint — has a definite knack to get to the quarterback. He thinks he has done well at practice, which he knows is important.
“I think you can make a ton of inroads, because if you don’t show up in practice, you won’t be here,” Baggs said. “You won’t make it to the game, truthfully.
“I’m just so excited about this opportunity to be here. I want to take advantage of every play, every rep, so I get get better. The more comfortable you are with the playbook, the more comfortable you are playing football. Simple as that. I’m just trying to do my due diligence.”
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