ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Most of the focus relating
to the Denver Broncos might be on the future Hall of
Famer on the offensive side -- you know, that quarterback
named Manning -- but don't forget about the Canton
Corner on the other side of the ball.
Champ Bailey will turn 34 next week, but he's a true freak
of nature, a cover corner who still lines up week in and
week out and plays man coverage on the other team's
That's tough to do for a young corner. Imagine one in his
Yet Bailey remains one of the NFL's best corners, his ability
to run stride-for-stride with top receivers making him one
of the all-time best at his position.
When Deion Sanders passed the corner greatness baton to
Bailey, he ran with it. But he's not ready to give it up just
yet to the next group. There's still too much football left to
play, too many passes left to knock down.
"I am still as good as I was when I was 22 or 23," Bailey
said during a break between practices here during the
team's minicamp. "I can't run as fast as I did then or jump
as high. But I am smarter. I know how to take care of my
body better. I know how to anticipate things a little better.
I understand football a lot better, which keeps me on top
of my game."