ATLANTA (Dec. 27, 2018) – The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will induct three members into this year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame including Georgia standout Champ Bailey, former Baylor Head Coach Grant Teaff, and former Peach Bowl, Inc. Chairman Percy Vaughn.
“We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to recognize three incredible individuals this year as they are inducted into the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO and President Gary Stokan. “Being able to induct a Super Bowl champion, a college football legend and our former chairman is truly an honor.”
Champ Bailey is known as one of the most versatile players in Georgia football history due to his ability to perform at wide receiver, cornerback and on special teams (kickoff and returns). Bailey appeared in the 1998 Peach Bowl, where he earned Defensive MVP and helped lead the Bulldogs to a win against Virginia 35-33. By the end of his time in Athens, he had earned All-Conference honors in 1997 and 1998 along with winning the 1998 Bronko Nagurski Award as the best defensive player in the nation.
Bailey was a first-round draft pick to the Washington Redskins in 1999 and went on to win a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos in 2014. Coach Grant Teaff, to this day, is considered the winningest coach in Baylor football history with an amassed coaching record of 128-105-6 along with two Southwest Conference titles and eight bowl appearances. He also earned national Coach of the Year honors from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in 1974 when he guided Baylor to an 8-4 record and the school’s first Southwest Conference title in 50 years.
Coach Teaff led the Baylor Bears to a 24-28 victory against the Clemson Tigers in the 1979 Peach Bowl. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame also recognizes influential members of Peach Bowl, Inc. who have made a difference in the bowl organization as a whole. This year, former Peach Bowl, Inc. Chairman Percy Vaughn will be inducted for his dedication to the Bowl. In Vaughn’s three years as chairman, he helped oversee the extension of Peach Bowl, Inc.’s contract with the College Football Playoff for six years into 2025, along with the decision to provide the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame with a donation of $8 million.
In the Bowl’s Golden Season in 2017, organizational records were broken in combined attendance (222,546), television viewership (25.8 million) and total team payouts ($27.5 million). Established in 2002, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame honors former players, coaches, and contributors, as well as staff and volunteers, who have had a significant impact on the Bowl. There are currently 48 members, including players such as Mike Singletary, Reggie White, and Jim Kelly, as well as coaches including Bobby Dodd, Vince Dooley, and Lou Holtz.