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birth: June 22, 1978
|Place of birth: Folkston,
Height: 6 ft 0 in
Weight: 192 lb (87 kg)
Draft: 1999 / Round: 1
/ Pick: 7
|Debuted in 1999 for the
| As player:
|Career highlights and awards
- Nagurski Trophy (1998)
- 9× Pro Bowl selection
(2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009)
- 3× First-team All-Pro
selection (2004, 2005, 2006)
- 3× Second-team All-Pro selection (2000, 2003, 2007)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17,
|Stats at NFL.com
Roland "Champ" Bailey (born June 22, 1978) is
football cornerback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.
Bailey was drafted in the 1st round (7th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft by
the Washington Redskins. He played college
football at the University of Georgia.
Champ attended and played football at Charlton County High
Bailey was regarded as one of college football’s greatest
multiple threats (offense, defense and special teams) in his three
seasons at the University of Georgia. During his
final year at Georgia as a junior, 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 All-America and first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors
and claiming the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the
nation’s top defensive player following his junior season. Against
Virginia in the Peach
Bowl, he caught three passes for 73 yards, including a 14-yard
touchdown, rushed three times for nine yards, returned five
kickoffs for 104 yards, returned a punt 12 yards, and posted two
tackles and one pass defensed at cornerback. In three 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 defensed. He was an All-SEC first-team
selection as a sophomore, starting every game at left cornerback
and one game at wide receiver. Bailey set a school indoor long jump
record in 1998 of 25-10 3/4 feet to finish third at the SEC Indoor
Track and Field Championships.
Bailey was drafted in
the first round (seventh overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Washington
Redskins. He was the first player ever drafted from his
hometown of Folkston, Georgia, an achievement Bailey states was big
for his town to increase its interest in football.
|* represents NFL
Combine **represents Georgia Pro
Day—"X" Denotes "No Data" or "Did Not
(1999 to 2003)
On July 24, 1999, Bailey signed a five-year, $9.64 million
contract including a $5.2 signing bonus.
Bailey's reputation was established at the professional level. He was
a large presence on a defense that had its ups and downs. He
benefited from time spent with iconic cornerbacks Deion Sanders and
both are considered among the best of all time.
Denver Broncos (2004 to
Prior to the 2004 season, Bailey was traded to the Broncos along
with a second-round draft pick (who ended up being Tatum Bell) for Clinton Portis.
Following the trade, he signed a seven-year contract worth $63
million. Bailey has been named to eight consecutive Pro Bowls and
four All-Pro teams.
On January 14, 2006 in a divisional playoff game between the New
England Patriots, Bailey broke the record for the longest
non-scoring play in NFL history. With the Patriots
poised to score, Bailey intercepted a pass from Tom Brady in the end zone
and returned it 100 yards to the one yard line, and fumbled the
ball out of bounds, after being chased down and tackled out of
bounds by Patriots tight
Watson, who also went to Georgia. The Broncos scored a
touchdown on the next play. The play was considered the most
crucial of the contest, which the Broncos would go on to win,
ending the Patriots' quest for a historic third straight Super Bowl title.
On December 3, 2006, the defending NFC champion Seattle
Seahawks did not test Bailey once in the first half. The first
Hasselbeck threw in Bailey’s direction, the cornerback
intercepted a deep throw intended for Darrell Jackson.
Hasselbeck was not surprised saying in an interview following
the game, "I've thrown him interceptions in my career, who hasn't?
He's a great corner, a great cover guy and just a very, very
Bailey had ten interceptions through the season (tied for the NFL
lead with Asante
Samuel although Samuel went to the playoffs and intercepted two
more passes which he returned for touchdowns). Bailey also did not
give up a touchdown during the season. Bailey, San Diego
back LaDainian Tomlinson and Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, were unanimous choices for
the NFL All-Pro team in 2006. 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.
In an injury-plagued 2007 season, Bailey recorded 84
tackles, along with three interceptions. He was named to another
Pro Bowl and received second-team All-Pro honors in 2007. He was
also named to the 2009 Pro Bowl after finishing the season with 3
He is the older brother of linebacker Boss Bailey who joined Champ on the Broncos
for one season in 2008 after playing the first 5 years of his
career on the Detroit Lions.