Champ Bailey played college football for the Georgia Bulldogs, where he earned consensus All-American honors, and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft.
31 Facts About Champ Bailey
In 2004, Bailey was traded to the Denver Broncos, where he played for ten seasons until he was released in early 2014, following the Broncos' Super Bowl XLVIII loss.
Champ Bailey signed by the New Orleans Saints shortly afterward but was released before the start of the regular season.
In October 2014, Champ Bailey announced his retirement from the NFL after 15 seasons.
Champ Bailey was selected to 12 Pro Bowls in his career, the most ever for a cornerback.
Champ Bailey holds the current NFL record for most passes defended, with 203.
Champ Bailey was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky and grew up in Folkston, Georgia, where he was a three-sport athlete at Charlton County High School.
At Charlton County High School, Champ Bailey recorded 3,573 rushing yards, 58 rushing touchdowns, 13 100-yard rushing games, and 1,211 passing yards on 74 completions.
Champ Bailey still holds school records for season rushing yards, season rushing touchdowns, season scoring, and single-game rushing, while tying the record for single-game rushing touchdowns.
Champ Bailey received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Georgia, where he played for the Georgia Bulldogs football team from 1996 to 1998.
Champ Bailey was regarded as one of college football's greatest multiple threats in his three seasons as a Bulldog.
Champ Bailey averaged 103.5 all-purpose yards per game and logged 957 plays 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.
Champ Bailey was an All-SEC first-team selection as a sophomore, starting every game at left cornerback and one game at wide receiver.
Champ Bailey was 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.
Champ Bailey was drafted with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Redskins.
Champ Bailey was the first ever drafted player to come from his hometown of Folkston, Georgia.
On July 24,1999, Champ Bailey signed a 5-year, $12 million contract including a $2 million signing bonus.
Champ Bailey quickly established a reputation as one of the league's best defensive backs.
Champ Bailey 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.
On September 12,2004, during the NFL's opening Sunday Night Football game of the season, Champ Bailey intercepted his first pass as a Denver Bronco.
In 2006, Champ Bailey had 10 interceptions and did not give up a touchdown during the season.
On September 15,2009, Champ Bailey was chosen for the Broncos 50th Anniversary team by the Denver community.
In 2010, Champ Bailey matched up against some of the NFL's best wideouts.
Champ Bailey held Dwayne Bowe to no catches on 2 targets.
Champ Bailey was selected to play in his record-breaking 10th Pro Bowl.
In 2012, Champ Bailey was named an All-Pro for the 7th time of his career and was selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl.
Champ Bailey failed to make the final roster and was released by the team on August 30,2014.
Champ Bailey announced his retirement from professional football on October 18,2014.
On February 2,2019, Champ Bailey was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Champ Bailey was enshrined on August 3,2019, during a ceremony in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
Champ Bailey married his wife, Jessica, at the Pelican Hill resort in Newport Beach, California in 2014.