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Boss Bailey
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Bailey in 2008 with the Broncos
No. 97     
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-10-14) October 14, 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth: Folkston, Georgia
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2003 2007)
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-American (2002)
Tackles     305
Sacks     7.0
Interceptions     2
Defensive touchdowns     1
Stats at NFL.com

Rodney "Boss" Bailey (born October 14, 1979) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Georgia. He is the brother of former NFL cornerback Champ Bailey.

Early lifeEdit

Bailey was born in Folkston, Georgia.[1] He received honorable mention All-America honors from USA Today at Charlton County High School in Folkston Georgia.

College careerEdit

Bailey was a three-year starter at Georgia. As a senior, he was a first-team All-SEC selection as well as a semifinalist for the Butkus and Lombardi Awards.

Professional careerEdit

Bailey appeared in 58 career games (51 starts), posting 265 tackles (204 solo), seven sacks (40.5 yds.) and two interceptions (32 yds.). He also registered 13 pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and seven special-teams tackles for his career.

Detroit LionsEdit

He was named All-Rookie by ESPN.com and Football Digest with Detroit in 2003 when he set a career-high with 88 tackles (77 solo) as a 16-game starter. After missing the 2004 season with a knee injury, Bailey started all 11 games played in 2005 and had 58 tackles, one sack and one interception, which he returned 34 yards for a touchdown. He started eight games at strongside linebacker and four contests at middle linebacker for the Lions in 2006, appearing in all 16 games and totaling 67 tackles (51 solo) with one sack that year. In 2007, Bailey posted a career-high 3.5 sacks (16.0 yds.) while adding 51 tackles (37 solo), two pass breakups and one forced fumble in 15 games (12 starts) at strongside linebacker for Detroit.

Denver BroncosEdit

On March 6, 2008, Boss signed a five-year contract worth $17.5 million that included $8 million in guarantees over the first two seasons.[2] Bailey was released on June 17, 2009.

Career statisticsEdit

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2003 DET 16 88 68 20 1.5 0 1 0 1 -2 -2 -2 0 6
2005 DET 11 59 39 20 1.0 0 0 0 1 34 34 34 1 3
2006 DET 16 67 51 16 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2007 DET 15 51 37 14 3.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2008 DEN 6 40 31 9 0.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 64 305 226 79 7.0 2 2 0 2 32 16 34 1 13
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