College Georgia
NFL Experience 6
Height 6-3
Weight 235
Birthdate October 14, 1979
Hometown Folkston, GA
How Acquired Draft-2 ('03)
Career Highlights


2003 Det (16/16)
2004 Det (0/0)
2005 Det (11/11)
2006 Det (16/12)
2007 Det (15/12)
TOTAL: (58/51)

PRO: Bailey is the team’s strongside linebacker, and he provides versatility, having played both inside and outside positions, in the linebacker corps with the use of his speed and talent. As a rookie in 2003, Bailey immediately became the Lions’ starter at strongside linebacker and started all 16 games, emerging as one of the top young linebackers in the NFL and showing the potential to be an all-pro. The Lions took Bailey in the second round with the 34th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.

• Given name is Rodney, but goes by Boss after his grandmother gave him the name.
• Football runs in Bailey’s blood as his older brother, Champ, was an All-American cornerback and wide receiver at Georgia (1996-98), he was selected in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, and has played in seven Pro Bowls. His older brother, Ronald, started at Georgia and served a stint in NFL Europe (Frankfurt Galaxy, 1999).
• Received the Lions 2005 Ed Block Courage Award that recognizes men of courage for each of the NFL’s 32 teams.
• He and his brother Champ, recently started their own foundation.
• Participated in youth football clinics at Renaissance High School in Detroit and at the NFL Experience during the week of Super Bowl XL.
• Interacted with 2,000 Detroit-area underprivileged children at the NFL Experience Kid’s Day the week of Super Bowl XL.

13 at Car 12/21/03
1.5 vs. Min 9/16/07
Passes Defensed 2 vs. Chi 11/9/03
Forced Fumbles
1 vs. Oak 11/2/03
Fumble Recoveries
1 at Car 12/21/03
1 (twice) Last Time vs. Car 10/16/05

2007: Bailey settled in at the starting strongside linebacker position. He registered 74 tackles (44 solo), 3.5 sacks and six special teams tackles (career high) on the year. His 3.5 sacks were a career high.
• Bailey played at strongside linebacker at Oakland, where he posted seven tackles (four solo), including one tackle for loss.
• Against Minnesota (9/16), Bailey started and posted 8 tackles (5 solo), and 1.5 sacks.
• Bailey made five tackles (two solo) and made one special teams tackle against Chicago (9/30).
• At Washington (10/7), Bailey made five tackles (two solo).
• Bailey made six tackles (two solo) at Chicago (10/28).
• Had a season-high nine tackles (six solo) and a pass defensed against Denver (11/4).
• Made six tackles (four solo) and had a sack (7 yards) against the New York Giants (11/18).
• Had two tackles (two solo) and three special teams tackles against Green Bay (11/22).
• Inactive against Dallas (12/9) due to flu.
• Returned to action at San Diego, recording eight tackles (four solo), including one tackle-for-loss.
• Notched a sack-fumble in addition to six tackles (five solo) against Kansas City (12/23).

2006: Bailey finished the season with 85 tackles (51 solo), one sack, three passes defensed and four special teams tackles. He played both outside and middle linebacker position (8 starts at SLB, 4 at MLB).
• He recorded at least five tackles in 10-of-16 games this season.
• Saw first action at middle linebacker in his pro career as a backup, posting six tackles (one solo) and one sack against the Seattle Seahawks (9/10).
• Bailey notched five tackles (two solo) and one pass breakup at Chicago (9/17) as he saw action in the linebacker rotation, and he notched two special teams tackles.
• Had six tackles (three solo) against Green Bay (9/24) while manning the middle linebacker spot.
• In his first start at middle linebacker, Bailey recorded a then season-high eight tackles (two solo) at St. Louis (10/1).
• Had a team and season-high 11 tackles (10 solo) at Minnesota (10/8), marking his fourth career game registering double-digit tackles.
• Led the team and tied his season-best 11 tackles (six solo) against Buffalo (10/15) for his second straight double-digit tackles performance.
• Moved to strong-side linebacker to make five tackles (four solo) vs. Atlanta (11/5).
• Had five tackles (four solo) at Arizona (11/19).
• Registered three tackles (two solo) and a pass breakup at New England (12/3).
• Made seven tackles (five solo) and one special teams tackle at Green Bay (12/17).

2005: Made his first starting appearance after missing the 2004 season recording 10 total tackles (6 solo) vs. Green Bay (9/11).
• Recorded 9 tackles (6 solo) and 1.0 sack for a loss of six yards at Chicago (9/18).
• Led the team in total tackles at Tampa Bay (10/2) with 10 (7 solo).
• Had his second career interception which he returned 34 yards for a touchdown vs. Carolina (10/16).
• Was second on the team in tackles (8) against Arizona (11/13) despite leaving the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury.
• Finished the season third on the team in total tackles with 75 (48 solo) despite being placed on Injured/Reserve on December 16, 2005 due to an ankle injury.

2004: Missed the entire season after sustaining a knee injury during training camp.
• Placed on Reserve/Injured list on December 16.

2003: Voted the team’s Mel Farr Rookie of the Year.
• Named to the and Football Digest all-rookie teams.
• Tied a then-career-high with nine tackles (eight solos) and had the first sack of his career on Chris Chandler at Chicago (10/26).
• Shared the team lead with nine tackles (five solos) against Oakland (11/2) as well as a pass defense and his first career forced fumble when he knocked the ball out of the hands of Marques Tuiasosopo.
• One of five finalists for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week Award for his efforts against Chicago (11/9) after he collected seven solo tackles, a half-sack, a tackle-for-loss and two big pass defenses.
• Put together his best game of the season at Carolina (12/21) with a career and team-high 13 tackles (11 solos) and a 62-yard fumble return for a touchdown, his first career score.  He earned Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors for his efforts against the Panthers and the 13 tackles put him over 100 for the season.
• Nominated for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week after the game against St. Louis (12/28) when he had his first career interception as well as six tackles (five solos). His pick of Rams QB Marc Bulger led to a Jason Hanson field goal which put the Lions up 27-20.

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• Attended Charlton County (Ga.) High where he was USA Today All-USA honorable mention, chosen as one of the Super 11, Super Southern 100 and Top 50 in Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Named to the Macon Telegraph Sweet 16, 1998 FSN South Countdown to Signing Day all-South third-team.
 Played quarterback, punter and defense. He averaged 36.3 yards on 10 punts and had 143 tackles, three sacks and four interceptions and totaled 1,079 yards and 23 touchdowns rushing and 1,243 yards and 16 touchdowns passing. 
 Finished as the school’s all-time leading passer with 1,243 yards and 16 touchdowns in addition to 1,079 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns.
 Received team’s Linebacker Award and Freshman Award.
 Track and field standout as he reached the 1996 Class A State Championships in the 110-meter hurdles and received the track squad’s Sprint Award.
 He and wife, Amber, are the parents of three-year-old Khalil and twins, Kendall and Kayden.

• Three-year starter and was “heart and soul” of the Bulldogs’ defense, carrying on the family tradition passed down by his brother, Champ, an All-American cornerback now with the Denver Broncos.
• Emerged as one of the premier defenders in the SEC after recording 266 tackles (151 solo) with 7.5 sacks, 22 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 29 quarterback pressures, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, 11 pass deflections and three blocked kicks while starting 35 of 48 games in his career.
• An All-SEC first-team selection and a semifinalist for the Butkus and Lombardi Awards as a senior in 2002. Bailey was a defensive catalyst for Georgia as they claimed the SEC Championship and a Sugar Bowl win over Florida State after starting every game at strongside outside linebacker, leading the team with a career-high 114 tackles (63 solo), including six sacks for minus-55 yards and 10 stops for losses of 66 yards.
• Named All-SEC second-team by the league’s coaches in 2001.
• Did not play in 2000 after injuring his knee on the opening kickoff of season opener and received a redshirt year.