Tom Bailey (American football)

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Tom Bailey
No. 31
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1949-02-07)February 7, 1949
Place of birth: Gainesville, Florida
Date of death: September 2, 2005(2005-09-02) (aged 56)
Place of death: Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Career information
High school: Coral Gables (FL)
College: Florida State
NFL draft: 1971 – 10th round – 256th pick
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing att–yards: 60–186
Receptions–yards: 28–194
Touchdowns: 2
Stats at NFL.com

George Thomas Bailey (February 7, 1949 – September 2, 2005) was an American football running back in the National Football League. He was a 10th round selection (256th overall pick) in the 1971 NFL Draft out of Florida State University. He played four seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles (1971–1974). After his professional football career, Bailey earned an MBA from the University of South Florida and then began a successful executive career in multiple industries; the consumer products industry, the wholesale pharmaceutical industry,and his own successful IPO and corporation consulting firm. George (Tom) raised two children; Erin and Thomas with his wife Susan O'Shea Bailey in the Dallas, Texas area for the majority of his life. He died on September 2, 2005 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida due to a massive heart attack and complications from atherosclerosis. During his tenure at Florida State University, Tom Bailey held and still holds some of Florida State University's top athletic and running back statistics which include the first touchdown in the inaugural Peach Bowl. An endowment scholarship in his name was created by Florida State University athletic alumni in 2010, this scholarship being awarded to future Florida State University athletes.