Bailey salutes Casserly: 'He made me a pro'

Bailey salutes Casserly: 'He made me a pro'
January 28, 2014, 3:00 pm
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As it turns out, Champ Bailey didn’t have all bad things to say about the Redskins during Super Bowl media day.

He did say that leaving the Redskins was “the best thing to happen for my career” but he did salute the team that drafted him seventh overall in 1999 and the man responsible for drafting him..

"I was very fortunate to be drafted by the Redskins, a great organization,” he said. “But things just didn’t work out and I was blessed to go to an even better organization with the Broncos. That was probably the best thing to happen for my career because I've been in a good place, a good city, and have worked for some of the best people in the world."

“They're still a great organization. There's so much history there, and I appreciate them believing in my talents enough to draft me,” he said when asked about the state of the team today.

He had especially good words to say about Charlie Casserly, the team’s GM who pulled the trigger in a massive draft-day trade with Mike Ditka and the Saints that enabled the Redskins to draft Bailey and pick up numerous additional picks. “That [Bailedy coming to Washington] was pretty much Charlie Casserly all the way, but people forget about him. He's the one that made me a pro."

Casserly currently is an analyst for Comcast SportsNet and the NFL Network.

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