Carlton Bailey

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Carlton Bailey
Date of birth (1964-12-15) December 15, 1964 (age 51)
Place of birth Baltimore, Maryland
Career information
Position(s) Linebacker
College North Carolina
NFL draft 1988 / Round: 9 / Pick: 235
Career history
As player
1988–1992 Buffalo Bills
1993–1994 New York Giants
1995–1997 Carolina Panthers
Career stats

Carlton Wilson Bailey (born December 15, 1964 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former professional American football player who played linebacker in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, and Carolina Panthers. He played college football at the University of North Carolina and was drafted in the ninth round of the 1988 NFL Draft.

Perhaps his most memorable play came in the third quarter of the AFC Championship Game on January 12, 1992 between the Bills and Denver Broncos. He intercepted a John Elway pass that had been deflected by teammate Jeff Wright and returned it 11 yards for the game's first touchdown. The Bills went on to win, 10-7, to reach Super Bowl XXVI. Bailey played in the first three of four straight Super Bowl appearances by the Bills.

Bailey's son, Justin Bailey, is a professional hockey player who has spent most of his first pro season as a member of the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. He is currently under contract to the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres and received his first NHL promotion on February 10th, 2016.