NFL CAREER – A 15-year NFL veteran and member of the 2000’s All-Decade Team, Champ Bailey joined the New Orleans Saints in the offseason, bringing a combination of experience, production and leadership to the club’s secondary. Overall, Bailey has appeared in 215 career regular season games with 212 starts, totaling 983 tackles (837 solo), 52 interceptions, 235 passes defensed, three sacks, nine forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. His 52 interceptions represent the most among active NFL cornerbacks and his 235 passes defensed lead all active players. He has also started 10-of-11 career postseason games, recording 34 tackles (30 solo), two interception returns for 105 yards and 10 passes defensed. Bailey’s 12 career Pro Bowl selections trail only Ray Lewis and Reggie White (13) among defensive players in NFL history.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms with New Orleans on a two-year contract, 4/4/14; Released by Denver Broncos, 3/6/14; Re-signed by Denver to a four-year contract, 2/22/11; Signed by Denver, 3/22/04; Acquired by Denver from Washington Redskins with a second round draft pick in exchange for running back Clinton Portis, 3/4/04; Signed franchise tender with Washington, 2/23/04; Designated franchise player by Washington, 2/18/04; Signed by Washington to a five-year contract, 7/24/99; Selected by Washington in the first round (seventh overall) of 1999 NFL Draft.
HONORS –2012: Pro Bowl (starter); AP second-team All-Pro; USA Football All-Fundamentals Team; 2011: Pro Bowl; Darrent Williams Good Guy Award (Cooperation with Denver media); Sporting News 100 Greatest Players (No. 76); 2010: Pro Bowl; Defensive team captain; NFL All-Decade Team (2000’s-Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee); Sporting News 100 Greatest Players (No. 59); USA Football/NFLPA All-Fundamentals Team; Denver Athletic Club Athlete of the Year; 2009: Team captain; Pro Bowl; Sporting News 100 Greatest Players (No. 26); Sporting News All-Pro; AP second-team All-Pro; AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 4); Broncos Walter Payton Man of the Year; 2008: Broncos Walter Payton Man of the Year; 2007: Pro Bowl (starter); Second-team AP All-Pro; 2006: Pro Bowl (starter); AP First-Team All-Pro; Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Pro & All-AFC; Sporting News and Sports Illustrated (Dr. Z) All-Pro; Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Pro Athlete of the Year; AFC Defensive Player of the Month (October); 2005: Pro Bowl (starter); AFC Defensive Player of the Month (November); AP First-Team All-Pro; Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-NFL and All-AFC; Sporting News and USA Today All-Pro; Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Pro Athlete of the Year; 2004: Pro Bowl (starter); AP first-team All-Pro; Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-NFL and All-AFC; Sporting News All-Pro; 2003: Pro Bowl (starter) AP second-team All-Pro; 2002: Pro Bowl (Starter); 2001: Pro Bowl 2000: Pro Bowl (Starter); AP second-team All-Pro; Quarterback Club Redskins Player of the Year; 1999: Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie; NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month (October); NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 6).
2013 – Appeared in five regular season games with three starts for Denver, missing 11 games (foot). Posted 14 tackles (12 solo) and three passes defensed…Appeared in all three postseason games with two starts, including Super Bowl XLVII, and recorded 11 solo tackles. 2012 – Played all 16 games for the ninth time in his career and was named a starter for his 12th Pro Bowl-a record for selections by a DB. Earned second-team All-Pro from the AP and was named to USA Football All-Fundamentals Team...Ranked fifth on the team with 66 tackles (61 solo) to go along with two interception returns for 18 yards and nine passes defensed...Did not start a game for first time as Denver’s defense opened in a goal-line package at Atlanta, Sept. 17...Intercepted quarterback Andy Dalton’s pass, setting up a Broncos touchdown that gave Denver a 31-20 lead late in the fourth quarter at Cincinnati, Nov. 4...Led the team with six tackles and broke up quarterback Joe Flacco’s third-down pass in the third quarter at Baltimore, Dec. 16...Started Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Baltimore, 1/12/13 and made two tackles to go with one pass breakup. 2011 – Started all 13 games he played in the regular season and was selected to his 11th career Pro Bowl after totaling 39 tackles (35 solo), two interceptions, 10 passes defensed and one forced fumble...Started both of Denver’s postseason games and recorded five tackles (3 solo) to go along with three passes defensed...Registered fifth career multi interception game at Oakland, Nov. 6, picking off Carson Palmer twice in Denver’s 38-24 win...Tied postseason career-high with three passes defensed in AFC Wild Card Game vs. Pittsburgh, 1/8/12. 2010 – Selected to his 10th career Pro Bowl—a record for NFL cornerbacks—after starting all 15 games he played in and totaling 45 tackles (41 solo), one sack, two interceptions and 13 passes defensed...Named a defensive captain prior to the season...Earned a spot on the USA Football/NFLPA All- Fundamentals Team for his skill in playing the ball...Recorded one assisted tackle, one interception and two passes defensed vs. Seattle, Sept. 19…Recorded three solo tackles, one interception and one pass defensed at San Diego, Nov. 22…Held Pro Bowl wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to zero catches and drew an offensive pass interference penalty in three targets at Kansas City, Dec. 5 as he also posted a sack. 2009 – Voted a team captain by his teammates and selected to his ninth Pro Bowl at cornerback (tied for most in NFL history), started all 16 games and finished fourth on the Broncos with 72 tackles (62 solo) while adding three interceptions, 15 passes defensed and a forced fumble. Earned second consecutive Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nomination by his team. Was the most targeted (98) defensive player in the league to not allow a touchdown...Helped Denver’s pass defense rank third in the NFL, allowing only 186.3 passing yards per game...Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after posting eight tackles, one interception and four pass breakups vs. Dallas, Oct. 4. 2008 – Had 56 tackles (45 solo), one interception, four passes defensed, a team-high three forced fumbles and one sack, starting all nine games he appeared in for Denver...Nominated as the Broncos’ Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee...Injured his groin in the first half on Monday Night Football at New England, Oct. 20, and was declared inactive for seven consecutive games before playing in the final two contests...Started alongside his brother, linebacker Boss Bailey, vs. San Diego, Sept. 14, for the first time since his final season at Georgia in 1998...Added his second career sack vs. Buffalo, Dec. 21. 2007 – Earned his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl selection along with second-team AP All-Pro with Denver, starting all 15 games played and tying for third on the club (first among DBs) with 81 tackles (68 solo). Added three interception returns for three yards and 14 passes defensed in addition to five special teams stops. Called for just one penalty for five yards on season. 2006 – Started all 16 games for Denver and posted career-bests in tackles (98), interceptions (10) and passes defensed (30). Earned consensus first-team AP All-Pro honors for third consecutive season and chosen to play in the Pro Bowl for seventh year in a row. Placed second in the AP’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting. Led NFL with 11 takeaways. 10 interceptions marked second-best single-season total in club annals and tied for NFL lead. Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month for the second time in career when he was recognized for his play in October when he posted three interceptions, 20 tackles (13 solo) and nine passes defensed that month. 2005 – Started all 14 games he played in and finished fourth on Broncos with 72 tackles (62 solo) while leading team with a career-high eight interceptions (139 yds.) and 28 passes defensed. Earned first-team AP All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors, helping Denver win division and advance to AFC Championship. Tied for fourth in the league with eight interceptions. Returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns to become the sixth player in team annals to return two interceptions for scores in single season. Had at least one interception in team-record five consecutive games midway through year and forced two fumbles on season. Totaled one interception in each of the Broncos’ three November contests to earn AFC Defensive Player of the Month…In AFC Divisional Playoff vs. New England, 1/14/06, the Patriots were driving for a potential go-ahead score in the third quarter when Bailey intercepted Tom Brady’s pass in the end zone and returned it 100 yards to the Patriots one-yard line, where he was stopped by Saints teammate Benjamin Watson to set up a Denver touchdown. The play marked the longest return in team annals as well as the longest non-scoring and second-longest interception return in NFL postseason history…Hamstring injury forced him to miss the first two games of NFL career (Games 4-5). 2004 – Started all 16 games with Broncos after being acquired from Washington in blockbuster offseason trade. Earned his fifth consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl and first AP first-team All-Pro nomination after a stellar campaign. Ranked fourth on team and led all Denver cornerbacks with 84 tackles (74 solo). Tallied team-high three picks along with 13 passes defensed while appearing on offense in three games (one catch for 11 yds. vs. Kansas City, Sept. 12)…In season opener vs. Kansas City, Sept. 12, posted five tackles, one interception, three passes defensed and the catch…Finished with nine tackles (eight solo), one interception and one pass defensed at Cincinnati, Oct. 25…Recorded a career-high 13 tackles (11 solo), one interception and two passes defensed at New Orleans, Nov. 21. 2003 – Earned his fourth consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl during his final season with Washington, starting all 16 games and finishing with 72 tackles (61 solo), two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Posted 17 passes defensed. 2002 – Registered 84 tackles (67 solo) and added three interception returns for two yards as a 16-game starter for Redskins. Earned his third consecutive Pro Bowl berth. Credited with 28 passes defensed. Saw his first action on offense since 2000 vs. Philadelphia, Sept. 16…In opener vs. Arizona, Sept. 8, posted seven tackles (six solo), one interception and one pass defense…Recorded four tackles (two solo), one interception and three passes defensed at San Francisco, Sept. 22…Finished with six solo tackles, had a pick for the second consecutive week and added two passes defensed at Tennessee, Oct. 6. 2001 – Started all 16 games for Washington and received Pro Bowl honors for second time. Finished fifth on Redskins in tackles (51) and tied for second in interceptions (3). Credited with team-high 18 passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery…In opener at San Diego posted four solo tackles, one interception, a pass defensed and one fumble recovery…Made four tackles (three solo) and one forced fumble at N.Y. Giants, Oct. 7…Finished with an interception and two passes defensed vs. Seattle, Nov. 4…Recorded four solo tackles, one interception and three passes defensed at New Orleans, Dec. 30. 2000 – Voted a starting cornerback on NFC Pro Bowl team and helped anchor the NFL’s second-ranked pass defense, totaling team highs in interceptions (five returns for 48 yards) and passes defensed (14). Totaled 66 tackles (52 solo) while starting all 16 games for Washington. Used on offense, catching three passes for 78 yards (26.0 avg.), including a long of 42, and rushing for one TD. Named The Quarterback Club Redskins Player of the Year. Started at CB and WR vs. Baltimore, Oct. 15…Made two tackles (one solo), two interceptions and two passes defensed at Detroit, Sept. 10. 1999 – Started all 16 games at cornerback and finished second on the Redskins in interceptions (5-55 yds.) while posting 83 tackles (64 solo), 19 pass breakups and one sack (12 yds.). Made 54 blocks and 14 stops (10 solo) on special teams. Honored by NFL as October Defensive Rookie of the Month...Picked off a Troy Aikman pass for first career interception vs. Dallas, Sept. 12...Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting three passes at Arizona, Oct. 17, to become the youngest player in NFL history to perform such a feat.
COLLEGE – Regarded as one of college football’s greatest multiple threats (offense, defense and special teams) in 33 career games (24 starts) at Georgia...Averaged 103.5 all-purpose yards per game and logged 957 plays (547 defense, 301 offense and 109 special teams) on his way to earning consensus All-America and first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors and claiming the Bronko Nagurski Award as nation’s top defensive player during junior season... Had 52 tackles (four for losses), three interceptions, seven pass breakups, 47 receptions for 744 yards (15.8 avg.), five touchdowns, 16 carries for 84 yards, 12 kickoff returns for 261 yards and four punt returns for 49 yards as a junior.
PERSONAL – Attended Charlton County (Folkston, Ga.) HS, where he was a Class-A All-State selection while earning USA Today honorable mention All-America honors and second-team All-South accolades...Voted MVP in each of final three seasons...Rushed for 1,858 yards with 28 TDs, threw for 277 yards, averaged 33.3 yards on punts and totaled 37 tackles along with two interceptions as a senior...Ran for 3,573 career yards with 58 TDs, threw for 1,211 yards with 10 TDs, gained 5,855 total yards and scored 394 points...Also posted 80 tackles, eight picks and four fumble recoveries...Honorable mention all-state selection in basketball and the state high jump champion as a junior...Set a school indoor long jump record of 25-10 3/4 feet to finish third at SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships as a junior at Georgia in 1998...Younger brother, Boss, was an All-SEC LB at Georgia and was selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Champ and Boss played together in Denver in 2008...Although given first name is Roland, Bailey was nicknamed “Champ” by his mother...Participated in a U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds ride along in 2012 and visited the Middle East as part of an NFL USO Tour in 2013...Roland “Champ” Bailey was born on June 22, 1978, in Fort Campbell, Ky., and was raised in Folkston, Ga.
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Champ Bailey speaks with reporters on Friday, August 29, 2014. Video by Justin Stout. (New Orleans Saints video)
Champ Bailey speaks after practice on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Video by Justin Stout (New Orleans Saints video)