Georgia football legend Champ Bailey named to 2021 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

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Georgia all-time great Champ Bailey has been nominated to the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021 ballot.

ATHENS — Former Georgia football All-American defensive back Champ Bailey was among the names announced on the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame ballot on Tuesday.

The National Football Foundation released the names of 78 players (and 7 coaches) from the FBS ranks who are being voted on by NFF members and current College Football Hall of Famers.

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The size of each College Football Hall of Fame class varies, typically between 13 and 15, though last year’s class swelled to 19.

The 2021 Class will be announced in early 2021, with the induction taking place on Dec. 7, 2021, at the New York Hilton Midtown.

 

Bailey made the rare jump from first-time nominee to the ballot. He was selected out of group (District 2) of nominees that included players from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Bailey was once a teammate of current Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart in the Georgia secondary from 1996-98.

The former Charlton County High School standout won the Bronco Nagurski award — which annually goes to the nation’s best defensive player — but he also accumulated more than 1,000 yards of offense while taking more than 1,000 total snaps.

Bailey finished that season with 52 tackles, 3 interceptions, 744 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns, 49 punt return yards and 216 kick return yards. Bailey also finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting that season.

Also a part of the Bulldogs’ track and field team, Bailey set what was then an indoor long jump record at the 1998 SEC Championship meet.

The Washington Redskins made Bailey the seventh overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. Bailey had run the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds and recorded a 42-inch vertical jump during combine testing.

Bailey went on to become a 12-time NFL Pro Bowl selection during his stints with the Redskins (1999-2003) and Denver Broncos (2004-2013).

Former Georgia all-time great David Pollack was announced as a member of the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame in March.

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