What he did: A fifth-round draft choice in 1981 out of South Carolina State, Bailey started 120 games at left guard from 1981-91 on some of the most successful teams in franchise history. The player known as “Pearl” to his teammates helped Curt Warner lead the AFC in rushing in 1983 and 1986, and helped the Seahawks advance to the playoffs in 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1988.
What he’s doing: After five-year stints as a scout and then a coach, Bailey is now director of operations for AMI, a residential program for juvenile offenders in Sylvania, Ga. “This is a better situation now,” he said. Bailey, 52, has two children – Edea and Raymond – and a grandson.
If I could have dinner with anyone – living or dead – it would be: “Frederick Douglass.”
Must-see TV: “Jeopardy.”
The best book I’ve ever read: “ ‘Long Walk to Freedom,’ by Nelson Mandela.”
You don’t say
My best memory as a Seahawks is: “Being drafted and then walking into the Kingdome for the first time. Everything else is secondary. We had championships (AFC West title in 1988) and winning seasons (including a 12-4 record in 1984). But the mere fact of being accepted and being cheered walking inside the Kingdome, with that many people and that much room inside. That very first experience, that stuck with me.”
Something most people don’t know about me: “I became a grandfather this year. It’s the first time. His name is Ayden Raymond Bailey.”
If I could relive one day in my life: “Being a father for the first time (when Edea was born in 1986). That was a pretty big experience.”