ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – 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 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.
Bailey said he looks up to Barber and former NFL great Rod Woodson, who moved to free safety his last five seasons after a torn ACL ended his days as a cornerback, as inspirations as he gets long in the tooth himself.
Another player he reveres is former teammate Darrell Green, who played cornerback at Washington his entire 22-year career.