Once among 23 kids in a house, Redskins’ Kapri Bibbs chases dream

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The unwritten rule was basic, one that a household of 23 kids sharing two rooms and three beds had to adhere to when it came to sleeping arrangements: first come, first served. Kapri Bibbs knew if he wanted a spot on the bed, he had to be on it when it was time to sleep. And if he went to the bathroom at night, there was a good chance someone would grab the opening and he’d be back on the floor, one with no carpeting and more dirt than wood.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

“Sometimes you’re laying there with nine kids and a twin bed,” said Bibbs, a Washington Redskins running back. “We had people laying down like sardines. One person would lay their head down that way and the other person would lay their head down [the other way] and you’d have to sleep on someone’s feet and use their feet as a pillow.”

Rats and mice roamed the floors of his Chicago house, as did spiders and other insects. What was supposed to be similar to a basement, he said, was really a dirt hole that flooded, bringing unwelcome critters. There were days with one meal — Malt-O-Meal was a go-to — and days when he witnessed shootings.5

That also gave Bibbs a great deal of confidence, which was boosted by success in football. He was a high school star in Chicago, once rushing for 520 yards in a game — third-most in Illinois state history — and seven touchdowns in a game. In one season at Colorado State, Bibbs rushed for 1,741 yards and 30 touchdowns despite starting only six games. He rushed for 312 yards in one game and followed it a week later with 291 yards and six touchdowns.

But it’s been tough for Bibbs to find a permanent home in the NFL. He spent most of two seasons on Denver’s practice squad, with one regular-season game in 2015. He made it to the Broncos’ active roster again in November 2016 and took a screen pass 69 yards for a score. But three games later, he suffered a season-ending high ankle sprain. Last season, he was cut by San Francisco and later was signed to the Redskins’ practice squad. He spent three weeks on the active roster, finishing with 21 carries for 79 yards and 14 catches for 128 yards.

He’s in a tight competition for perhaps the final running back spot. Redskins running backs coach Randy Jordan said Bibbs’ background has led to determination.

One day in practice, Bibbs messed up in pass protection; he had his man lined up, but the defender got past him.cheap nike jerseys nfl

“He couldn’t turn the page,” Jordan said. “He looked me in the eye and said, ‘Coach, put me back in; put me back in.’ He wanted to rectify that, and he got in and made a tremendous play on a choice route.

“When you come from a background where you don’t have a whole lot and had to fight for everything you got, you develop a shell in terms of having the mentality like, ‘Hey, man, I have to grind through this. When things get tough, this is the way we have to roll.’”