Broncos' Bailey finally gets chance to play in Super Bowl

Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:26pm EST
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By Julian Linden

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Playing in the Super Bowl is every NFL player's dream. For the lucky ones, it is a dream that comes true, ending with their hands on the Vince Lombardi Trophy under a shower of confetti.

But for most, the Super Bowl is a fantasy that is never fulfilled, even for the some of the game's greatest players.

Until this year, Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey was among that list of great players who were never in the right place at the right time.

Bailey, one of the best pass defenders in NFL history who spent five seasons with the Washington Redskins and 10 with the Broncos, has been named to 12 Pro Bowls and was selected to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Now, in his 15th season in the NFL, the 35-year-old will play in his first Super Bowl when the Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on February 2.

"It has been a long road, but I'm just taking it in my stride," said Bailey. "I'm not trying to hype it up more than it should be. It's still football. You've got to go out there and perform and you've got to prepare just like we always do."

Not only has Bailey have never played in a Super Bowl before, he has never even been to one, refusing to attend the greatest extravaganza in American professional sports until he was an active participant.

"I didn't see any reason to go," he explained. "I'm not going to cheer for anybody and if I have no special interests in the game, other than being a fan watching it at home, why go?"   Continued...

Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey watches the Denver Nuggets play the Los Angeles Lakers with an unidentified woman in Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoffs in Denver May 6, 2012. REUTERS/Rick Wilking