Edwin Bailey to be Inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame

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March 12, 2014

By Bill Boehlke

EdwinBailey240_0312Former South Carolina State All-American and Seahawks offensive lineman Edwin Bailey will be one of eight inductees into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. The enshrinement ceremony and banquet is set for May 12 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC.

A Savannah, Georgia, native, Bailey was a South Carolina State offensive guard who earned I-AA All-America honors in 1980. A fifth-round NFL draft pick by the Seahawks in 1981, he enjoyed a stellar 11-year career (1981-91) before retiring with a knee injury. He started in 121 of his 139 career games at left guard and ranked No. 1 all-time at his retirement in games started for the Seahawks. Bailey played on teams that went 12-4 in 1984 and captured the AFC West title in 1988.

Bailey, who played for Coach Bill Davis at South Carolina State, was a three-time All-Conference performer, where he was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame. After five-year stints as a scout and then a coach, he is now the assistant head football coach and offensive line coach at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, which will play its first full-fledge season of college football in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Joining Bailey for induction are University of South Carolina basketball standout Zam Fredrick, former Clemson and NFL All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins, South Carolina pitcher Randy Martz, Olympian Monique Hennagan, South Carolina golf legend Happ Lathrop, Newberry, SC basketball standout Carl Short, and Clemson quarterback Rodney Williams.

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