Champ Bailey

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 Georgia, where he earned consensus All-American honors, and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He is the brother of former NFL linebacker Boss Bailey.

In 2004, Bailey was traded to the Denver Broncos, who released him in early 2014, following their Super Bowl XLVIII loss. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints shortly afterward, but was released before the start of the regular season. In October 2014, Bailey announced his retirement from the NFL after 15 seasons. He was selected to 12 Pro Bowls in his career, the most ever for a cornerback. He holds the current NFL record for most passes defended, with 203. In 2019, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Champ Bailey
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Bailey with the Denver Broncos in 2010
No. 24, 27
Personal information
Born:June 22, 1978 (age 40)
Folkston, GA
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school:Charlton County
(Folkston, Georgia)
NFL Draft:1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Quarterback sacks:3.0
Passes defensed:203
Forced fumbles:7
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Bailey was born in Fort Campbell, KY.[1]

Notable statistics from Bailey's Charlton County Indians High School career: Total rushing yards 3573, 58 rushing touchdowns, with 13 100-yard 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 TDs with 28, season scoring with 180, single game rushing with 417 yards, 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

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 deflected, 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.

Track and field

Bailey was also a standout track and field athlete at Georgia; 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.

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

1999 NFL Draft

Bailey was drafted with the seventh overall pick in the first round 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.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 34 in
(1.85 m)
189 lb
(86 kg)
4.28 s 1.42 s 2.43 s 3.74 s 6.43 s 42 in
(1.07 m)
11 ft 1 in
(3.38 m)
22 reps
Values from NFL Combine and Georgia Pro Day

Washington Redskins

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 eventual 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

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.

In 2006, 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. As of 2017, it is still an NFL record for defensive backs.[10] Following the season's 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 on 98% of the snaps and remained one of the best-tackling cornerbacks in the game.[11]

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.[12]

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.

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 [13]

During the 2012 offseason, Bailey was named the 46th-best player in the NFL by the league's network, NFL Network.[14]

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 tied the record for most Pro Bowls played, along with Randall McDaniel and Will Shields.[15]

After the Broncos' loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the 2012–13 NFL playoffs, critics blamed Bailey's poor play for two Ravens touchdowns. Ravens receiver Torrey Smith was being covered by Bailey when Smith caught touchdown passes of 59 and 32 yards.[16] The Broncos lost the game 38-35 in double overtime. During the 2013 offseason, Bailey was named the 53rd-best player in the NFL by his peers on the league's network, NFL Network.

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.[17] Bailey played in his first Super Bowl at Super Bowl XLVIII in which he had 4 tackles in a 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.[18]

On March 6, 2014, the Denver Broncos released Bailey.[19]

New Orleans Saints

On April 4, 2014, Bailey signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the New Orleans Saints.[20][21] Bailey failed to make the final roster and was released by the team on August 30, 2014.[22]


Bailey announced his retirement from professional football on October 18, 2014.[23] 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.[24]

Hall of Fame

On February 2 2019, Champ Bailey was elected in the NFL HOF in his first year eligible.

Career statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sack Int Yds Avg Long TD PD FF FR Yds
1999 WSH 16 16 66 61 5 1.0 5 55 11.0 59 1 0 2 0 0
2000 WSH 16 16 57 52 5 0.0 5 48 9.6 48 0 0 0 1 0
2001 WSH 16 16 50 48 2 0.0 3 17 5.7 12 0 14 1 1 0
2002 WSH 16 16 68 62 6 0.0 3 2 0.7 2 0 19 0 2 0
2003 WSH 16 16 71 67 4 0.0 2 2 1.0 2 0 7 1 2 1
2004 DEN 16 16 81 68 13 0.0 3 0 0.0 0 0 9 0 0 0
2005 DEN 14 14 64 59 5 0.0 8 139 17.4 65T 2 15 1 0 0
2006 DEN 16 16 85 73 12 0.0 10 162 16.2 70T 1 11 0 1 4
2007 DEN 15 15 84 71 13 0.0 3 3 1.0 3 0 14 0 0 0
2008 DEN 9 9 44 39 5 1.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 3 2 0 0
2009 DEN 16 16 74 63 11 0.0 3 18 6.0 11 0 15 1 0 0
2010 DEN 15 15 45 41 4 1.0 2 0 0.0 0 0 13 0 0 0
2011 DEN 13 13 39 35 4 0.0 2 0 0.0 0 0 10 1 0 0
2012 DEN 16 15 66 61 5 0.0 2 18 9.0 18 0 9 0 0 0
2013 DEN 5 3 14 12 2 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Career 215 212 909 812 96 3.0 52 464 8.9 70 4 142 9 7 5


NFL records

  • Most Pro Bowl selections for a defensive back (12)
  • Longest interception return in a postseason game without scoring (100 yds) (vs New England Patriots, 1/14/06)
  • Youngest player to intercept 3 passes in a game (21) (at Arizona Cardinals, 10/17/99)

Pro Bowl records

  • Most career interceptions in Pro Bowl (4)


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  3. ^ "Champ Bailey". Denver Broncos Official Website. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
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  5. ^ - 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 startsand endswith 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. ^ Brett Kollmann (November 3, 2017), The Film Room Ep. 52: Marshon Lattimore is a historically good rookie, retrieved November 4, 2017
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External links

1998 Peach Bowl (December)

The 1998 Peach Bowl featured the Georgia Bulldogs and Virginia Cavaliers.

After a scoreless first quarter, Virginia scored first on a 2-yard Anthony Southern touchdown run, making the score 7–0. Aaron Brooks threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Wilkins making the score 14–0. Brooks threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Jones as Virginia took a 21–0 lead. An 11-yard touchdown pass by Quincy Carter made the halftime score 21–7.

In the third quarter, Carter threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Champ Bailey, as Georgia cut the deficit to 21–14. Olandis Gary's 15-yard touchdown run tied the game at 21. Brooks threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Wilkins, but Todd Braverman missed the extra point, giving Virginia a 27–21 lead at the end of three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Olandis Gary scored on a 2-yard run, giving Georgia a 28–27 lead. Quincy Carter later scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, giving the Bulldogs a 35–27 lead. In the fourth quarter, Brooks scored on a 30-yard scoring run, bringing the score to 35–33, but failed on the two-point conversion. After Virginia recovered the ensuing onside kick, Braverman's last second field goal attempt barely sailed wide right, giving Georgia the victory.

1999 Washington Redskins season

The 1999 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 68th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 63rd in Washington, D.C. The team improved on their 6–10 record from 1998 to 10–6. They succeeded to the extent of reaching their first postseason appearance since 1992 and beating the Lions in the first week of the playoffs, before losing to the Buccaneers by a single point in the divisional playoff round. The season would also be the first for new team owner Daniel Snyder. It would be the final season that the Redskins have qualified for the playoffs in the 1990s and for the next five seasons, the team fell out of contention. They returned to the playoffs in 2005.

2003 All-Pro Team

The 2003 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 2003. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 2003 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008.

2003 Washington Redskins season

The 2003 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 72nd season in the National Football League. The team regressed from their 7–9 record from 2002, dropping to 5-11 and missing the playoffs for the fourth straight year. This was their worst season since 1994.This was the first season since 1982 that the Redskins did not have cornerback Darrell Green, who retired after the 2002 season. Owing to different formulas for intraconference scheduling used by the NFL before 2002, it was the first time since 1994 that the Redskins played the Atlanta Falcons and the first time ever the Redskins had played at the Georgia Dome, which opened in 1992.

Following the season, defensive tackle Bruce Smith retired after 19 seasons in the NFL, Pro Bowl defensive back Champ Bailey would be traded to the Denver Broncos and head coach Steve Spurrier left after spending only two seasons coaching the Redskins.

2004 Denver Broncos season

The 2004 Denver Broncos season was the team's 45th year in professional football and its 35th with the National Football League. Under head coach Mike Shanahan the Broncos equalled their 10–6 record from 2003, and again finished second in the AFC West. In a repeat of 2003, the Broncos’ season ended in defeat to the Indianapolis Colts 49–24 in the AFC Wild Card playoffs.

Starting quarterback Jake Plummer finished the season with 4,089 passing yards (4th in the league). During the offseason, the Broncos traded running back Clinton Portis to the Washington Redskins in exchange for cornerback Champ Bailey.

2004 Washington Redskins season

The 2004 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 73rd season in the National Football League.

They improved on their 5–11 record from 2003 to 6-10, but missed the playoffs. It was also the season of Joe Gibbs’ return as head coach after coming out of retirement. The team acquired running back Clinton Portis in a trade that sent Champ Bailey to the Denver Broncos in the 2004 off-season.

2005 All-Pro Team

The 2005 All-Pro Team was composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 2005. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 2005 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice which continued through 2008.

2005 Denver Broncos season

The 2005 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 36th season in the National Football League and the 46th overall.

The Denver Broncos closed out the 2005 regular season with a 13–3 record, the franchise's second-best number of wins of all time and their third best win percentage ever. They won their first playoff game since winning Super Bowl XXXIII in the 1998 season. Although they eliminated the defending back-to-back Super Bowl champion New England Patriots to end their hopes of becoming the first NFL team to three-peat, they failed to get to the Super Bowl however, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the eventual champions, in the AFC Championship game. The Broncos were expected by many to make the Super Bowl for the first time in the post-John Elway era. Denver would not make the postseason again until 2011 under Tim Tebow's leadership or another Conference championship until 2013, under the leadership of Peyton Manning whom the Broncos acquired in 2012.

2006 All-Pro Team

The 2006 All-Pro Team comprised the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA), or The Sporting News All-Pro teams in 2006. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. The three teams are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 2006, the PFWA and the publication Pro Football Weekly combined their All-Pro teams.

2006 Denver Broncos season

The 2006 Denver Broncos season was the franchise’s 37th season in the National Football League and the 47th overall.

The season began with the team attempting to improve on their 13–3 record and make a return to (at least) the AFC Championship Game as they did in 2005. However, they failed to do so and they finished the season with a 9–7 record, which resulted in the Broncos missing postseason action on a tiebreaker.

2006 Pro Bowl

The 2006 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2005 season. The game was played on February 12, 2006, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. It marked the 27th consecutive time that the National Football League's all-star game was held in Honolulu. The NFC all-stars won by the score of 23 to 17.

2007 All-Pro Team

The 2007 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association and Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 2007. Both first and second teams are listed for the Associated Press.

These are the current teams that historically appear in Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the NFL. Although the NFL has no official awards according to the NFL spokesman Greg Aiello the NFL Record and Fact Book has historically listed All-Pro teams from major news sources such as the Associated Press, Sporting News, Pro Football Writers Association, as well as teams from organizations that no longer release All-Pro teams such as Newspaper Enterprise Association and United Press International.

The AP teams are selected by a national panel of 50 NFL writers. The Pro Football Writers Association team is from a poll of its more than 300 members and the editors and writers for Pro Football Weekly. The Sporting News's All-Pro team was determined through voting by professional NFL personnel directors.

Boss Bailey

Rodney "Boss" Bailey (born October 14, 1979) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Georgia. He is the brother of former NFL cornerback Champ Bailey.

Chris Harris Jr.

Christopher Harris Jr. (born June 18, 1989) is an American football cornerback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Kansas. He was signed by the Broncos as an undrafted free agent on July 27, 2011.

In his first season, Harris was named to the NFL All Rookie Team and achieved Breakout Player of the Year accolades. In 2015, Harris finished the season winning Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos over the Carolina Panthers, a season during which he was again selected as an All-Pro and chosen for the Pro Bowl. He is known for his off the field charitable activities, and in 2012, he started the Chris Harris Jr. Foundation to support children in need.

Larry Smith (defensive tackle)

Larry Smith Jr. (born December 4, 1974) is a former defensive tackle in the National Football League. He played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Green Bay Packers during his career. He attended Charlton County High school where he played with teammate Champ Bailey. They were both drafted in the NFL 1999.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame for professional American football, located in Canton, Ohio. Opened in 1963, the Hall of Fame enshrines exceptional figures in the sport of professional football, including players, coaches, franchise owners, and front-office personnel, almost all of whom made their primary contributions to the game in the National Football League (NFL); the Hall inducts between four and eight new enshrinees each year. The Hall of Fame's Mission is to "Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE."

The Hall of Fame class of 2019 (Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed, Champ Bailey, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, and Johnny Robinson) were selected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame by a 48-member selection committee and announced on February 2, 2019. Including the 2019 class, there are now a total of 326 members of the Hall of Fame.

Ricky Williams trade

The Ricky Williams trade was a trade between the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL), which occurred prior to the 1999 NFL draft. Mike Ditka of the Saints wanted to move up in the draft order to ensure that he would be able to select Ricky Williams from the University of Texas at Austin. To do so, he traded every pick he had in the draft for the fifth overall selection, which he used to select Williams.

The Saints struggled in the 1999 season, and Ditka was fired. Williams played for the Saints for three seasons before he was traded to the Miami Dolphins.

Sam Garnes

Sam Aaron Garnes (born July 12, 1974) is a former professional American football defensive back.

He was selected by the New York Giants in the 5th round of the 1997 NFL Draft. A native of the Bronx, Garnes is an alumnus of John Philip Sousa Junior High School located in the Edenwald section of that borough. Garnes currently resides in West Milford, New Jersey.In 2011, Garnes became an assistant secondary coach for the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos’ secondary in 2013 overcame numerous injuries to its personnel, including extended periods without 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey and starting safety Rahim Moore. In their absence, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. became a steadying force on the outside and second-year safety Duke Ihenacho emerged as solid contributor in the defensive backfield.

He joined the Chicago Bears' coaching staff as an assistant secondary coach in 2015, but was fired after the 2016 season.

Trung Canidate

Trung Jered Canidate (born March 3, 1977) is a former American football running back in the NFL. Drafted out of Arizona, Canidate was selected with the 31st overall pick of the 2000 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.

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