When the movie "Blind Side" first came out, having heard only bits and pieces of the story, I remembered a story I had read about, and thought it was about Allen Bailey. Perhaps a movie about his life is still to come.... Bailey's ancestors were among 400 slaves who were brought to the island of Sapelo Island, (which is about 15 miles off the Georgia coast) from West Africa and the West Indies by British planter Thomas Spalding during the 1800s to work his cotton and sugar cane plantations.
Hog Hammock's 434 acres were set aside....is the last settlement in the country where the culture of the Geechee people, as they call themselves....lists the population as 70.
Nearly every major Division I-A college program gauged Bailey's interest, despite the fact that as a senior in 2006, he played in only four games due to a stress fracture in his back
When University of Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong visited Bailey in early December, he was surprised to learn he was eating raccoon.
During football season, Bailey typically spends five nights each week sleeping at a teammate's home, then returns to Sapelo Island on Saturday mornings for the weekend.... carries a 3.4 GPA and will be the first in his family to attend college.....started at linebacker and fullback.....then moved to DE between his freshman and sophmore year at Miami.
Tony Pauline (draftinsider.net, cnnsi.com) says this:
"One topic of conversation at the Senior Bowl is the marginal performance of the Miami Hurricane players. Most believe the prospects are not properly developed and enter the league poorly coached. They point to players such as Sam Shields and Calais Campbell, underachievers in college who are developing fine NFL careers. The most glaring case this year is defensive lineman Allen Bailey."
Even though he played four years at Miami under former Coach Randy Shannon, I believe Bailey is still very raw, but with good coaching, in a few years he has the potential to be the one of the best DEs in the entire NFL.
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