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Champ Bailey is set to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 3. And while the legendary cornerback will likely enter the Hall as a Denver Bronco, Bailey began his stellar career with the Washington Redskins. 

Let's take a look back at Bailey's top three moments in the Burgundy and Gold:

1) Interception in NFL debut vs. Dallas Cowboys: Sept. 12, 1999

There were a lot of expectations on Bailey as the No. 7 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, and the Georgia product proved immediately why the Redskins picked him. 

In the third quarter of his first NFL game against the rival Cowboys, Bailey picked off fellow Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, the first of 52 career interceptions. Washington lost the game 41-35, but Bailey had made an instant impact which set the tone for the rest of his career. 

2) Three interception game vs. Arizona Cardinals: Oct. 17, 1999

Washington's 24-10 win over Arizona was a pick party for Bailey, as the 21-year-old tormented the Cardinals offense all afternoon. Bailey picked off Arizona QB Jake Plummer twice, including a pick-six in the second quarter he returned 59 yards for his first NFL touchdown. 

Bailey showed no mercy to the Cardinals second-string QB Dave Brown either, making his third interception near the end of the third quarter. Not a bad day at the office. 

3) Interception vs. Gus Frerotte, Detroit Lions in NFC Wild Card game: Jan. 8, 2000

 

Making their first playoff appearance since 1992, the Redskins came up against a familiar face in Frerotte, who spent his first five NFL seasons in Washington. 

Bailey made sure it was an uncomfortable homecoming for Frerotte, picking him off in the first quarter as the Redskins defeated the Lions 27-13. Washington didn't make the playoffs again before sending Bailey to Denver in the blockbuster trade for Clinton Portis in 2004, but the great play capped off his fantastic rookie season with the Redskins, the first season of a Hall of Fame career. 

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