Former Ram Anthony Hargrove is getting a 3rd chance with the undefeated New Orleans Saints. For now, he is on the right track. Last week he scored his 1st touchdown of his career and was named the NFC’s defensive player of the week.
An injury to fellow teammate Sedrick Ellis has given the 26 year old defensive tackle an opportunity to see more playing time. And in the past three weeks he has stepped up with three sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Hargrove was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft and started in two games his rookie season recording one sack, in 2005 he appeared to live up to his promise by starting 15 games and recording 6.5 sacks. But off the field troubles haunted him, which included him taking two days off without permission in 2006 which led to his being traded to the Buffalo Bills for a 5th round draft pick.
Hargrove never started a game while in Buffalo; he saw limited playing time in 10 games in 2006 and limited playing time in 12 games in 2007, not counting a four game suspension he received from the NFL. There was no football for him in 2008 as he was handed a one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
The Saints, hoping that he got his life straightened out, were willing to give him a chance to re-invent himself on the football field.
When asked about this week’s game in St. Louis, Hargrove said: “I’m trying to treat it as just another business trip,” Hargrove said Wednesday. “That’s where I started, where I was drafted to, and I have to make amends with the city. I have to apologize for letting them down and not being the player they wanted me to be.”
(Expect Anthony Hargrove to start against the Rams as Sedrick Ellis has been ruled out for this game.)