Cowboys defensive end Anthony Hargrove truly knows what it's like to be without a home. And that's why he didn't panic when his NFL career appeared to be on the rocks in the aftermath of the Saints' bounty scandal.
Hargrove spent his childhood bouncing between shelters and foster homes after his family's home in Brooklyn, N.Y., burned when he was 6. His mother, Rosa, died three years later of AIDS and he was finally adopted by an aunt in 1993. He's missed an entire NFL season because of a third violation of the league's substance-abuse policy, so it wasn't the first time he'd been away from the game.
But the Cowboys believe the 29-year-old Hargrove still has something to offer. He played a key role on the Saints' 2009 Super Bowl team, and he's regarded as a remarkably versatile player. When I visited with him at Valley Ranch recently, he was wearing a T-shirt with the words "Amazing at multiple positions" on the front.