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Published on 08/15/2011 at Mon Aug 15 00:00.
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BaileyTo help pass the time, we’re reviewing 31 players in 31 days (in alphabetical order) leading all the way up until Game Day on Monday, September 12th.  Today’s player: cornerback Champ Bailey.

A 13-year veteran, Bailey was acquired by the Broncos via trade with the Washington Redskins in 2004.  Standing 6’0 and weighing 192 pounds, Bailey played collegiate football at Georgia.

Quick Facts/Stats (courtesy of the Denver Broncos):

  • A 13th-year player and eighth-year Bronco whose 10 career Pro Bowl selections are the most by a cornerback in NFL history.


    Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos during warm-ups prior to the start of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 5, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

  • Named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s as chosen by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
  • Earned Associated Press All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors during each of his first four seasons in Denver from 2004-07 after spending five years with Washington to begin his NFL career.
  • Tied for fifth in franchise history in Pro Bowl selections (6) and tied for fifth in club annals with 30 interceptions as a Bronco.
  • Leads all NFL cornerbacks (3rd among all players) with 48 interceptions since his rookie year in 1999 while placing sixth in the league with 30 interceptions since joining the Broncos in 2004.
  • Began his NFL career starting 99 consecutive regular-season games and has totaled the second-most starts (181) among league cornerbacks since his rookie year in 1999.
  • Penalized for pass interference only three times during the last five years in the 360 times he was targeted (0.83%) according to Stats Inc.
  • Recorded 18 interceptions with Denver from 2005-06, marking the most by an NFL player in a two-year stretch since Everson Walls had 18 interceptions for Dallas from 1981-82.
  • Tied for the NFL lead in 2006 with a career-best 10 interceptions, which marked the second highest single-season total in Denver history and propelled him to a second-place finish in the Associated Press’ NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting.
  • Turned in one of the most dramatic plays in NFL postseason annals when he returned an interception 100 yards in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game against New England (1/14/06), marking the longest non-scoring interception return in league playoff history.
  • Became the youngest player in NFL history to post three interceptions in a game as a rookie with the Redskins (at Arizona, 10/17/99).
  • Won the 1998 Bronko Nagurski Award at the University of Georgia as the nation’s top defensive player while also earning consensus All-America honors that year.
  • Joined the Broncos on March 4, 2004, in a trade with Washington that brought Bailey and a second-round draft choice (RB Tatum Bell) to Denver in exchange for running back Clinton Portis.
  • Selected by Washington in the first round (7th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft.

Did You Know… Bailey played alongside Hall of Fame cornerbacks Deion Sanders and Darrell Green in Washington.  Those were some pretty talented defensive backs to learn under.

Quote ‘Em:  “I’m still elite, definitely. I’m still one of the top-five corners in this game. I look at my whole game, not just covering, not just tackling, not just one area, my whole game. I’m definitely one of the elite — still.”  — Bailey on getting older. (Via the Denver Post)

Film Room:

Expect another stellar year from Champ in 2011.
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  • td30ismpv

    Wow, he seems like a great player…wonder why McDaniels didn't trade him away?

  • 5280

    IMO he's the best corner in the league period. yes that means above darrel revis. darrel might be able to cover well but he cant tackle or rush like bailey. And to me his age means nothing because he hasnt shown it. he's still able to go in there and shut down the best.

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  • Psmithpamela9

    I totally agree with #5280. He does not play like his age. But I still get nervous when he is slow getting up! You go Champ! You are still my favorite plqyer.

  • Noskills07

    put him at wr 

  • WhidbeyBronco

    Love me some Champ but IMO we're in trouble at CB. These old guys wont last all season

  • td30ismpv

    Thank the Lord we still have Nate Jones! 
    We are doomed….

  • Mike Birtwistle

    Now all we have to do is figure out a way to make people throw at him

  • 5280

    hey now, wait up , we still got some young talent in the secondary. the draft picks(Quinton Carter, Raheem more) should be good especially learning from Dawk. Rahim is already startin. I think Sydquan can eventually start. the problem is parrish cox. all that talent waisted. hes in jail for sure. i think he totally out played the cowboys 3rd string. i dont think theyre serious about him because of his charges. he'd take goodmans place eventually if he wasnt going to jail. if goodman stays healthy he'll be solid.  i still think theyll have a problem up front. lets hope warren and bunkley step up

  • herc_rock

    Ty Warren is likely done for the year.  Marcus Thomas out for the rest of pre-season

  • 12508

    What's wrong with Ty? Champ has been great for us but his best days are behind him. It's ok to say that. He is no longer the best in the league. We can argue about who is the best all day long. I think people forget how good Woodson has been since he came into the league. Woodson can cover,play the run,get to the qb on the blitz,tackle,and was awesome on special teams. No holes in Woodson's game. He was even better in big games. Bailey and Woodson are the best I've seen. Primetime was great but he had several holes in his game.

  • WhidbeyBronco

    sarcasm i hope

  • 5280

    ya deon staright up could not tackle.  i remember woodson at michigan and he looked unbelievable then too. he's always been a total package.

  • td30ismpv

    That one was for East…and dripping with sarcasm.

  • TD30isMVP

    That one was for East…and dripping with sarcasm.