Cornerback Champ Bailey made his way to the Denver Broncos via a rare NFL player in his prime for player in his prime trade, being acquired for running back Clinton Portis. Bailey has gone on to become one of the best cornerbacks in the game and will look to solidify his career with a Super Bowl XLVIII win against the Seattle Seahawks.
“It's a little surreal, but here we are”, Bailey said at Super Bowl Media Day. “It's still football. I'm ready to go. You know I'm always ready. It's has been a long year, but I feel good and I'm ready to go.”
Bailey has been dealing with a foot injury that has only allowed him to play in five games this season. He has been able to get healthy in the playoffs and contribute to a Denver defense that has held both of their postseason opponents to 17 points or less. Despite the injuries, Bailey is not focused on future plans, only the task at hand in the Super Bowl.
“I'm not thinking beyond this week,” Bailey said. “I'm not actually thinking beyond tomorrow. I have a lot of work to do and it all starts tomorrow.”
In the 15 seasons Bailey has played in the NFL, he has the most Pro Bowl appearances by any cornerback with 12. His career numbers are staggering. He has made 142 pass defenses and 52 interceptions. He has four career touchdowns and was a lock down corner for more than a decade. So when Richard Sherman said he was the best cornerback in the NFL, Bailey knows what that entails.
“You feel like you're the best go ahead and say it,” Bailey said. “It's not about what you say, it's about what you do. That guy is out there balling.”
Bailey isn't talking about his present or future status among the great cornerbacks in the NFL. He is focused on winning a championship he has waited 15 years to play for. On Sunday, Bailey will get the chance to win the coveted Super Bowl.
“My game speaks for itself,” Bailey said. “It is about the individual match-ups and I want to make sure I win mine.”
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