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4. Champ Bailey

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4. Champ Bailey

Champ Bailey began his professional football career with the Washington Redskins where the Cornerback was named to the Pro Bowl four of his five seasons there.  Bailey was franchise tagged and was permitted to seek a trade and one was surprisingly worked out for Running Back Clinton Portis of the Broncos.  The deal arguably worked better for the Broncos and definitely for Bailey whose best was yet to come.

In his first three years at Mile High (2004-06), he not only returned to the Pro Bowl but was named a First Team All-Pro each year and was the NFL leader in Interceptions and Interception Return Yards.  Bailey never was a First Team, but he was a Pro Bowl Selection five more times as a Bronco.

He was released after 2013, and after failing to land a spot with the New Orleans Saints, he retired.  The Cornerback would pick off opposing Quarterbacks 34 times as a Bronco, with 52 overall.

Bailey entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019 in his first year of eligibility.  Denver enshrined Bailey into their Ring of Fame the same year.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Cornerback
  • Acquired: Traded from the Washington Redskins with a 2004 2nd Round Pick (which would be Tatum Bell) for Clinton Portis 3/4/04.
  • Departed: Released 3/6/14.
  • Games Played: 135
  • Notable Statistics:

    132 Games Started
    34 Interceptions
    340 Interception Return Yards
    3 Interception Return Touchdowns
    1 Fumble Recovery
    4 Fumble Recovery Yards
    2 Quarterback Sacks
    599 Combined Tackles
    524 Solo Tackles
    75 Assisted Tackles
    32 Tackles for Loss
    1 Reception
    11 Receiving Yards
    4 Quarterback Hits*
    106 Approximate Value

    9 Playoff Games
    1 Interception
    10 Interception Return Yards
    31 Combined Tackles
    27 Solo Tackles
    4 Assisted Tackles

    *Quarterback Hits became a statistic in 2006.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (2004, 2005 & 2006)
    Second Team All-Pro (2007 & 2012)
    Pro Bowl (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012)
    Most Interceptions (2006)
    Most Interception Return Yards (2006)

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