Johnny Bailey dead of cancer at 43

KINGSVILLE, Texas, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- College football great Johnny Bailey died of pancreatic cancer Friday in Texas. He was 43.

Bailey starred at Texas A&I University from 1986-89, rushing for 6,320 yards for the NCAA Division II school. His efforts earned him a spot in the College Football Hall of Fame.


The only other college player to reach the 6,000-yard mark was Tony Dorsett of the University of Pittsburgh, who gained 6,082 yards.

Bailey won the Harlon Hill Trophy as the best Division II player three years in a row.

He was drafted by Chicago in the ninth round of the 1990 NFL draft and stuck in the pros for six seasons, primarily as a punt/kick returner with the Bears, Cardinals and Rams. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1993 with the Cardinals.

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