Champ Bailey

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{{Infobox NFL player |name=Champ Bailey |image=Champ Bailey 2010.JPG |image_size=200 |alt= |caption=Bailey during 2010 NFL season. |number=24 |position=Cornerback |birth_date= (1978-06-22) June 22, 1978 (age 36) |birth_place=Folkston, Georgia |death_date= |death_place= |heightft=6 |heightin=0 |weight=192 |highschool=Folkston (GA) Charlton County |college=Georgia |draftyear=1999 |draftround=1 |draftpick=7 |debutyear=1999 |debutteam=Washington Redskins |finalteam=Denver Broncos |finalyear=2013 |pastteams=

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NFL Records

  • Pro Bowl selections by a Defensive Back (12)
  • Career Pro Bowl interceptions (6)
  • Youngest player to intercept 3 passes in a single game

|statlabel1=Tackles |statvalue1=909 |statlabel2=Quarterback sacks |statvalue2=3.0 |statlabel3=Passes defensed |statvalue3=235 |statlabel4=Interceptions |statvalue4=52 |statlabel5=Forced fumbles |statvalue5=7 |statlabel6=Defensive Touchdowns |statvalue6=4 |nfl=1999) Roland "Champ" Bailey Jr. (born June 22, 1978) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Georgia and earned consensus All-American honors. Bailey was drafted in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. In 2004, he was traded to the Denver Broncos, who released him in early 2014 following Super Bowl XLVIII. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints shortly after, but was released before the start of the regular season. Bailey was selected to 12 Pro Bowls in his career, the most for any cornerback.

Early years[edit]

Bailey was born in Folkston, Georgia.[1]

Notable statistics from his Charlton County Indians High School career: Total rushing yards 3573, 58 rushing touchdowns, with 13 100yd games. He passed for 1211 yards on 74 completions. On defense/special teams he caught 8 interceptions, had 26 KR for 731yds, 22 PR for 318yds. His total offensive yardage was 5855 with 394 points scored. He still holds school records for season rushing yards with 1858, season rushing TD with 28, season scoring with 180, single game rushing with 417yds, and tied the record for single game rushing TDs which has stood since 1953 (He is also tied with the same person from 1953 for 3rd with 5).[2]

College career[edit]

Bailey received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Georgia, where he played for the Georgia Bulldogs football team from 1996 to 1998. He was regarded as one of college football's greatest multiple threats (offense, defense and special teams) in his three seasons as a Bulldog. In his final year at Georgia, he registered 52 tackles (four for losses), three interceptions, seven passes defensed, 47 catches for 744 yards (15.8 avg.), five touchdowns, 84 yards rushing on 16 carries, 12 kickoff returns for 261 yards and four punt returns for 49 yards. He averaged 103.5 all-purpose yards per game and logged 957 plays (547 defense, 301 offense and 109 special teams) on the way to earning consensus first-team All-America and first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors and claiming the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defensive player. Against the Virginia Cavaliers in the Peach Bowl, he caught 3 passes for 73 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown, rushed 3 times for 9 yards, returned 5 kickoffs for 104 yards, returned a punt 12 yards, and posted 2 tackles and 1 pass defended at cornerback. In 3 years at Georgia, he played 33 games (24 starts) and recorded 147 total tackles, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, eight interceptions and 27 passes defended. He was an All-SEC first-team selection as a sophomore, starting every game at left cornerback and one game at wide receiver.[citation needed]

Track and field[edit]

Bailey was also a standout athlete; he ran the 55 meters and 60 meters, recording personal bests of 6.35 seconds and 6.85 seconds, respectively. He also competed in long jump and triple jump.[citation needed]

Bailey set a school indoor long jump record in 1998 of 7.89 meters to finish third at the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships.[3]

Professional career[edit]

1999 NFL Draft[edit]

Bailey was drafted in the first round (seventh overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Redskins.[4][5] He was the highest drafted player to ever come from his hometown of Folkston, Georgia, an achievement Bailey states was big for his town to increase its interest in football.[citation needed]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0¾ in 189 lb 4.25 s 1.42 s 2.43 s 3.74 s 6.43 s 42 in 11 ft 1 in 22 reps
Values from NFL Combine and Georgia Pro Day

Washington Redskins[edit]

On July 24, 1999, Bailey signed a 5-year, $12 million contract including a $2 million signing bonus.[6] Bailey quickly established a reputation as one of the league's best defensive backs.[7] He was a large presence on the Redskins defense and benefited from time spent with Hall of Fame cornerback teammates Deion Sanders and Darrell Green. After the 2003 season, Bailey's contract with the Redskins expired and he threatened to boycott training camp if the club exercised the franchise tag.[8] In a surprising move, the Redskins gave Bailey permission to seek a trade.[9]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Prior to the 2004 season, Bailey was traded to Denver along with a second-round draft pick (who ended up being Tatum Bell) for Clinton Portis.

On September 12, 2004, during the NFL's opening Sunday Night Football game of the season, Bailey intercepted his first pass as a Denver Bronco.

On January 14, 2006, in a divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots, he broke the record for the longest non-scoring play in NFL history at the time. With the Patriots near the goal line, he intercepted a pass from quarterback Tom Brady in the end zone and returned it 100 yards to the New England one-yard line before he was tackled by New England's Benjamin Watson, who is also a former Georgia Bulldog.

In 2005, Bailey had 10 interceptions (tied for best in the NFL with Asante Samuel), and did not give up a touchdown during the season. Bailey, San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson and Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor were unanimous choices for the NFL All-Pro team. Also in 2006, Ron Jaworski stated during a MNF pre-season game against the San Francisco 49ers that Bailey only got tested 35 times and only four passes were completed over him, none for touchdowns. Following the seasons conclusion, Bailey finished second in voting for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

In 2009, Bailey did not allow a touchdown in 80 passes thrown his way that year, played in 98% of the snaps and remained one of the best-tackling cornerbacks in the game.[10]

On September 15, 2009, Bailey was chosen for the Broncos 50th Anniversary team by the Denver community. This team was honored during the halftime-show of the Legacy game versus the Patriots on October 11.[11]

In 2010, Bailey matched up against some of the NFL's best wideouts. He held Dwayne Bowe to no catches on 2 targets. The Arizona Cardinals only completed 3 passes on him for 19 yards in a game where he matched up with Larry Fitzgerald. Bailey was selected to play in his record breaking 10th Pro Bowl. No cornerback in NFL history has been to more.[citation needed]

It was announced on February 22, 2011 by the Broncos vice president of football operations, John Elway that Bailey was re-signed to a 4-year contract [12]

During the 2012 offseason, Bailey was named the 48-best player in the NFL by the league's network, NFL Network.

In 2012, Bailey was named an All-Pro for the 7th time of his career and was selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl selection was his 12th, extending the record he set for trips by a cornerback, and will also tie the record for most Pro Bowls played, tied with Randall McDaniel and Will Shields.[13]

During the 2013 offseason, Bailey was named the 53rd-best player in the NFL by the league's network, NFL Network.[citation needed]

During the course of the 2013 season, Bailey was limited to a career-low 5 games with a foot injury; however, Bailey returned in time for the playoffs, and held his own when fellow cornerback, Chris Harris, was ruled out for the remainder of the season after a torn ACL.[14] Bailey played in his first Super Bowl at Super Bowl XLVIII in which Bailey had 4 tackles in a 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

On March 6, 2014, the Denver Broncos released Bailey.[15]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On April 4, 2014, Bailey signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the New Orleans Saints.[16][17] Bailey failed to make the final roster, and was released on August 30, 2014.[18]

Retirement[edit]

Bailey announced his retirement on October 18, 2014.[19] On November 14, 2014, it was announced that Bailey would sign a one-day contract with Denver to allow him to officially retire as a Bronco.[20]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR YDS INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
1999 WSH 16 71 66 6 1.0 2 0 0 6 92 15 59 1 22
2000 WSH 16 62 57 5 0.0 1 1 0 6 68 11 48 0 20
2001 WSH 16 65 58 7 0.0 1 1 0 5 39 7 12 0 22
2002 WSH 16 73 67 6 1.0 2 0 0 5 78 15 69 1 27
2003 WSH 16 76 72 4 0.0 1 2 0 4 67 16 49 1 14
2004 DEN 16 86 73 13 0.0 3 0 0 5 52 10 38 0 17
2005 DEN 14 80 74 7 1.0 3 2 0 10 179 17 65 2 28
2006 DEN 16 90 78 12 1.0 4 1 0 12 221 18 70 2 26
2007 DEN 15 89 76 13 0.0 1 0 0 6 80 13 63 1 19
2008 DEN 9 44 39 5 1.0 2 1 0 2 9 4 9 0 8
2009 DEN 16 79 68 11 0.0 2 0 0 5 43 8 18 0 20
2010 DEN 16 55 51 4 1.0 1 0 0 4 8 2 7 0 18
2011 DEN 13 49 45 4 0.0 1 0 0 4 5 1 4 0 15
2012 DEN 16 71 66 5 0.0 1 1 0 4 20 5 18 0 14
2013 DEN 5 14 12 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
Career 216 1,012 902 110 6.0 25 9 0 78 961 12 70 8 278

[21]

NFL records[edit]

  • Most Pro Bowl selections for a cornerback (12)
  • Most interceptions in one game (4) (at Pittsburgh Steelers, 11/05/06), (tide with 20 other players)
  • longest interception return in a postseason game without scoring (100 YDS) (at Denver Broncos, 1/14/06)
  • Most consecutive games without allowing a touchdown by a cornerback (106) ( 11/13/05-12/29/13)
  • Most tackles in a single game by a cornerback (14) (tied with Charles Woodson, Ronde Barber, Dick Lane, Rod Woodson, Mel Blount)
  • Youngest player to intercept 3 passes in a game (21) (at Arizona Cardinals, 10/17/99)

Pro Bowl records[edit]

  • Most career interceptions in Pro Bowl (6)

Personal life[edit]

Bailey is the older brother of former NFL linebacker Boss Bailey, who joined him on the Broncos for one season in 2008 after playing the first five years of his career on the Detroit Lions. They, their oldest brother Ronald, and their cousin Kenny all played at Georgia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Champ Bailey". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Charlton County Indians School Records". Charlton County High School. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Champ Bailey". Denver Broncos Official Website. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  4. ^ http://www.nfl.com/draft/history/fulldraft?season=1999
  5. ^ http://football.about.com/od/nfldrafthistory/a/1999draftresult.htm - NFL Draft History - 1999 NFL Draft Results
  6. ^ "REDSKINS, LIONS SIGN NO 1 DRAFT PICKS", Chicago Tribune, July 25, 1999.
  7. ^ Aikman, Troy (2004). "Shutdown corner: the term starts—and ends—with Deion". The Sporting News. 
  8. ^ Broncos swap Portis for Bailey, CBC Sports, March 5, 2004.
  9. ^ Len Pasquarelli, 'Skins could use 'franchise' tag on CB; Champ Bailey, one of the league's top cornerbacks, was surprisingly given permission by the Redskins to seek a trade, ESPN, February 16, 2004.
  10. ^ Klis, Mike (June 23, 2010). "Broncos will have to deal with Bailey decision". Denver Post. 
  11. ^ http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/9/15/1032381/denver-broncos-50th-anniversary/
  12. ^ Klis, Mike (February 22, 2011). "Broncos re-sign Champ Bailey to four-year contract for $43 million". Denver Post. 
  13. ^ "Mind-blowing stats for the 2013 Pro Bowl". National Football League. January 24, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Champ Bailey starting in place of Chris Harris". CBS Sports. January 19, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Broncos release Champ Bailey". ESPN. March 6, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_25495319/champ-bailey-signing-new-orleans-saints-report
  17. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (April 4, 2014). "Champ Bailey, New Orleans Saints agree to contract". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  18. ^ http://beta.sportingnews.com/article/4605504-nfl-roster-deadline-cutdown-bubble-top-10-michael-sam-champ-bailey-manningham-waivers-contracts
  19. ^ Sessler, Marc (October 28, 2014). "Champ Bailey retiring after 15 NFL seasons". NFL.com. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  20. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000428115/article/champ-bailey-to-sign-oneday-contract-retire-with-broncos
  21. ^ "Champ Bailey Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 

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