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Former Cardinals Pro Bowler Johnny Bailey Dies At 43

He was far too young. We wish his family strength during this difficult time.

The Associated Press: Small college football star Bailey dies at 43

Johnny Bailey, a record-breaking running back in the small college ranks and former NFL Pro Bowl kick returner, has died from pancreatic cancer. He was 43. Texas A&M-Kingsville announced his death Friday. "He was quite a top guy," said Fred Nuesch, who was the Texas A&I sports information director during Bailey's college career. "He was a nice young man and he represented us well whenever he went to different places (to accept his awards)." 

Bailey played 81 games and scored nine touchdowns over six seasons in the NFL after he was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the ninth round in 1990. He made the Pro Bowl in 1992 as a return specialist when he averaged 13.2 yards returning punts for the Cardinals. Funeral arrangements were pending for Bailey, who also starred at Houston Yates High School.