Bailey Says He Never Plans On Playing Safety

November 30, 2012 4:18 PM

Bailey Says He Never Plans On Playing Safety
" 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 "

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