The stakes are as high as they’ve ever been in Curtis Steele’s football world, an opportunity there for the taking.
Back home in the growing Tennessee community of Williamson County, Steele’s friends and family are keeping close tabs on the daily events unfolding in Argoland.
“There’s more at stake now,’’ said Steele, who wed in the off-season and has a six-year-old son. “When you get married, you’re together as one. It’s a family and it means more. It makes you more hungry because what I do isn’t just about me, it’s about two other people I’ve got to look out for.”
When Steele reported to his second Argos camp two weeks ago, he was unaware of the total extent of Chad Kackert’s leg injury and the job of starting running back is there to be seized.
“I know it’s not going to be handed to me,’’ said Steele, who grew up in Franklin, Tenn., just south of Nashville. “I have to work for it. It’s competition and it’s what gets the best out of you.”