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Champ Bailey elected to College Football Hall of Fame


Pro Football Hall of Famer and Broncos Ring of Famer Champ Bailey will soon join yet another hall of fame.

The former Broncos cornerback has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2022, the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame announced Monday. Bailey is one of 18 former players in the class.

Bailey and the rest of the Class of 2022 will be enshrined by the College Football Hall of Fame at the NFF's annual awards dinner on Dec. 6.

During his three seasons at Georgia, Bailey excelled on both defense and offense, as he played cornerback and wide receiver for the Bulldogs. In that time, he recorded eight interceptions and also caught 59 passes for 978 yards and five touchdowns. He also returned 23 kickoffs and four punts. After his first season, he was named to the SEC's All-Freshman Team and then followed it up with two consecutive first-team All-SEC selections in 1997 and 1998.

In his final collegiate season, Bailey earned consensus All-America honors and won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as college football's top defensive player. That season, he recorded three interceptions and also caught 47 passes for 744 yards.

Bailey then entered the NFL as the seventh-overall pick by Washington. After five years, including four Pro Bowl seasons, he was traded to Denver and became the best cornerback in franchise history, adding eight more Pro Bowl selections and three first-team All-Pro nods.

Following his NFL career, Bailey was elected as a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame selection in 2019.

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