During the first half of Mississippi State’s matchup with Alabama on Saturday, one former Bulldogs player made a surprise appearance.
Tim Bailey, who played for Mississippi State from 2006-08, ran out of the tunnel to thunderous applause in Davis Wade Stadium during a break in the action. Bailey, who was returning home from active duty, made it halfway across the field before his family wrapped him up in hugs.
— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) November 14, 2015
After a stellar season at Mississippi Delta Community College in 2004, Bailey deployed to Iraq in December. When he returned home, he chose to play at Mississippi State over offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M.
Bailey played in 36 games for the Bulldogs, mainly on special teams, but saw action as a linebacker and on the defensive line. He registered 64 tackles in his career.