Champ Bailey (24) speaks to the media during a press conference held at Broncos headquarters. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Champ Bailey To Be Given 'Professional Award' by Boy Scouts of America

Champ Bailey will be honored March 26 with the “Professional Award” from the Atlanta Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Bailey will be given the award at the 2013 Role Model Banquet at the Cobb Energy Centre in Atalanta.

The Professional Award is given to a professional athlete who exemplifies outstanding character and qualities of a responsible citizen. Past recipients have included Calvin Johnson, Brian Jordan, Brad Johnson, Archie Griffin, Ray Buchanan, Terance Mathis, Warrick Dunn, and Herschel Walker.

As a 14-year NFL veteran and 12-time Pro Bowler, Bailey has been nominated for the Broncos’ Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award two times. That honor is given to the player who best leads his team on and off the field.

Bailey is a Georgia native and played college ball at the University of Georgia where he won the 1998 Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player.

On March 26, Bailey will attend the Role Model Banquet which honors outstanding “Role Models for Youth” in athletics, academics, community service, and Scouting.

Bailey is just as active in the community as he is on the field. He adopted the Denver Rescue Mission’s Denver Broncos Youth Center at The Crossing and has spent the last several years making monthly visits to the center to meet and inspire young people living at The Crossing. He also developed “Champ’s Volunteers,” which is a youth volunteer recruitment program benefitting the Rescue Mission.

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