Boss Bailey is a Bronco, officially. The team announced at 3:36 p.m. MST on Thursday that the team had signed the unrestricted free agent linebacker — and younger brother of All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey.
Boss Bailey has traversed one of the more inspirational paths in recent NFL annals. He overcame two torn knee ligaments just to make it into pro football; he tore a left-knee ligament in high school and one in his right knee during his time at the University of Georgia. He also missed the entire 2004 season with torn meniscus in his right knee, but recovered fully.
He amassed 118 tackles in the last two seasons for the Detroit Lions while only missing one game in that time.
The signing makes the Baileys the third set of siblings concurrently on a Broncos roster, following in the footsteps of Eldon and William Danenhauer — together for four games in 1960 — and Doug and Dave Widell, who shared a locker room from 1990-92.
While William Danenhauer only had a four-game stint, Eldon played six seasons and was an All-American Football League selection. The Widells’ careers had less divergent trajectories; Doug was also with the Broncos in 1989, while Dave remained with the club in 1993 and 1994.
Albert and Paul Carmichael were both on the Broncos during their formative years, but their tenures were four seasons apart; Albert was with the team in 1960 and 1961, while Paul played three games in 1965. Both were halfbacks.
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