Former D-II great Johnny Bailey dies at 43

Johnny Bailey, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and former Pro Bowl return man, has died following a bout with pancreatic cancer, a source with ties to his program at Texas A&I told the National Football Post.

Bailey was 43.

A three-time Division II Player of the Year at Texas A&I, Bailey was drafted in the ninth round by the Chicago Bears in 1990 and played for six seasons in the NFL, making stops with the Phoenix Cardinals and Los Angeles and St. Louis Rams. Bailey was a Pro Bowl special teams performer for the Cardinals in 1992 when he averaged 13.2 yards per punt return.

Bailey scored six rushing touchdowns and had three return touchdowns in his career, but he is best remembered on the field for a decorated career at the school that is now known as Texas A&M-Kingsville. The 5-8, 190-pound Bailey was the three-time recipient of the Harlon Hill Trophy and was a runner-up as a freshman for the award. He began his college career with four 200-yard rushing games and won the Division II rushing title in 1986, 1987 and 1988. He was named the Division II Offensive Player of the Decade.

When his playing days in Kingsville had ended, Bailey, who prepped at Jack Yates High School in Houston, was the all-purpose yardage leader (7,803) in college football and he was No. 3 on the all-time scoring list with 428 points.

The National Football Post sends its condolences to the family and friends of Bailey.

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