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Old 09-06-2010, 09:20 AM   #1
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Saints DT Hargrove never thought hed make team in 09

METAIRIE, La. ― Anthony Hargrove came to the Saints as a project, a player with tremendous potential but an explosive past.

A year later, hes an integral part of an aggressive, chaos-creating defense.

(Im) going into training camp and giving it my all, Hargrove said of August 2009. I remember thinking to myself, Man, theres no way. Im playing d-tackle now. Im trying to learn a new defense. Im heavier. How am I even going to compete to even play?

At that point, they wasnt really playing me on special teams. Im like, damn. (Im) just praying it works. But they kept me. The rest is history.

Hargrove played the 2009 season as an inspiration to those who followed his story. He was out of the NFL twice in his past for drug-related transgressions. He spent more than a year in drug rehab facilities.

And when he got out, the Saints were the only team to give him one final chance.

He responded with 63 tackles, five sacks, four fumble recoveries and a touchdown.

It wasnt really about me playing football as much as it was about me finding a better life, Hargrove said. That was the opportunity they gave me. For that, I cant thank them enough.

This year on cut day, Hargrove wasnt worrying.

Now hes comfortable as a member of the team.

I dont feel like that guy on t he outside looking in where I dont know anybody, Hargrove said. I only knew a few coaches last year and didnt really know anybodys name, just walking around here smiling at people thinking, What do they think about me?

Now I talk to everybody. Its nothing but love. Its very comfortable.

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Here's to some Hargrove love!
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In a year full of good stories Hargroves was still one of the most uplifting!!
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As long as he takes Favre out for a series or two... everything will be forgiven.
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He's a key piece of GW's chess pieces. I hope he really meant it about turning his life around.
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I he keeps on the straight and narrow he should be able to have a great second career as a motivational speaker. Just hope he can help bring the Saints a couple of more championships first
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