Why Bailey was selected:
The senior quarterback threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more scores to help the Indians to claim a 52-14 victory over Springfield in an opening-round game in the IHSA Class 6A playoffs.
Bailey talked with Herald-News sportswriter Curt Herron. Below is an edited transcript.
Herron: What did you like about your performance?
Bailey: The first half was a little shaky, especially with the cold weather and I didn't have the best grip all of the time. But we figured that out and in the second half we got hot and I knew that Anthony (Sambucci) would be open and we were able to get three touchdowns and I had two sneaks to help get the win.
Herron: What do like most about your team?
Bailey: I like our team chemistry. I'm friendly with all of the guys and we always hang out after games.
Herron: What do like most about competing for Lemont?
Bailey: I like the legacy that we have here. My brother went here and I was always here as a kid. I always knew that I wanted be a high school football player here."
Herron: What do you like most about football?
Bailey: The teamwork atmosphere where you know that you need everyone to play their best in order to win.
Herron: Who's your biggest influences?
Bailey: My brother, Joe, played here and excelled as a punter and my dad, John, who didn't let me play in middle school because he didn't want me taking hits until my freshman year.
Herron: What's your favorite music and performer?
Bailey: I like new pop music and some rap, especially before games. Kanye West.
Herron: What's your favorite TV show?
Bailey: 'The Office'.
Herron: Who's someone that you would like to meet?
Bailey: Tom Brady.
Herron: What do want to do in your future?
Bailey: Getting into business or something like economics.
Herron: Who's your favorite sports team and athlete?
Bailey: The Bears. And Tom Brady.
Herron: Where's the best place that you've visited and where would you like to visit?
Bailey: Hollywood. And Hawaii.
Herron: Do you have any pets?
Bailey: I have four cats.
Herron: What's your favorite class?
Herron: What do you like to do in your free time?
Bailey: Hang out with family and friends and maybe play some video games.