- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 4, 2019

Former Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday along with seven other members of the Class of 2019.

Bailey closed out his speech in Canton, Ohio with a message about race in America.

“The first thing that people see when they look at me is not a Pro Football Hall of Famer, or a husband, or a father,” Bailey said. “They view me first as a black man.”

Bailey pleaded with “all of our white friends” listening to believe black men when they describe what they fear for themselves and for their children.

“When we tell you there are many challenges we face because of the color of our skin, please listen, and please do not get caught up in how the message is delivered,” he said.

“Yes, most of us are athletes, but we are black men first. Understand this: Things that make us great on the field, like our size and our aggression, are the same things that can get us killed off the field.”

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