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Champ Bailey retires from the NFL after Hall of Fame career

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Denver Broncos have today been dealt sad but inevitable news that one of the NFL's greatest cornerbacks of all-time, Champ Bailey, has decided to retire.

The Broncos released the once star cornerback after 15 seasons in the NFL earlier this year. Having made a record appearances in the Pro Bowl for a cornerback - with 12 - Bailey will go down as one of the best players in his position of all-time.

Last making the Pro Bowl at the end of the 2012 NFL season, Bailey had an average 2013 NFL season which led to his release from the Broncos earlier this year.

Teams still interested in Champ 

Bailey's agent confirmed his decision to retire on Tuesday, and NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that the former Bronco retired despite having an array of interested NFL team willing to offer him another NFL deal.

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The right decision 

Champ's decision to retire may been seen as premature by some. As Schefter said above, there are plenty of NFL teams interested in his services.

But on the other hand, a poll on Bleacher Report may suggest that his decision to retire was actually a smart one. Asked whether the decision was good or bad, over 3,000 NFL fans have answered yes that he was no longer an effective player and had nothing left to prove.

It's a real shame though for Bailey, because as USA Today reporter Lindsay Jones put it back in August, Champ deserves better than to go out with a whimper like he did in his last game in the Broncos' huge defeat in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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