Bailey says he never plans on playing safety

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Champ Bailey admires Ronde Barber. He just doesn't want to follow in his footsteps.

Barber is a 37-year-old cornerback who has been converted to safety this season and has four interceptions, which leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver's next opponent.

Bailey, 34, is the most decorated cornerback in league history with a record 11 Pro Bowls. He said he appreciates Barber's longevity, but doesn't foresee himself ever switching to safety.

"I don't plan on doing that," Bailey said Thursday. "I do admire the way he's been able to play at a high level. He's one of those guys I do look up to and kind of pay attention to what he's doing."

As Bailey gets long in the tooth himself, he said he also looks up to former NFL great Rod Woodson, who moved to free safety his last five seasons after a torn ACL ended his days as a cornerback.

Another player he reveres is former teammate Darrell Green, a Hall of Famer who played cornerback at Washington his entire 22-year career. Bailey played with Green from 1999-2002, the last three of which, Green was a reserve.

"Yeah, I've always said if it comes to the point where I have to come off the bench, I don't know if I could deal with that," Bailey said. "And he did it for like three years. So, we started together that one year but after that he was coming off the bench. So, I don't know if I'm made that way. We'll see. But right now I just think about what he used to do to prepare himself for games, after games, I remember all that stuff."