Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey (24) warms up before the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - After 15 years of waiting, there's no hurry for Champ Bailey.
The Broncos' veteran defensive back said Friday earning his first trip to the Super Bowl at the end of his 15th season remains a little surreal. But he's not in any rush to get to the airport.
"I know I got another game and I know it's a big one, but I don't know if I know what that means yet, if it's sunk in," Bailey said after Friday's practice at Dove Valley. "I know what's in front of me, but I'm trying to stay level-headed. ... I really can't say what I'm going to be like."
Bailey's old teammate Brian Dawkins stopped by to visit with the team. Broncos coach John Fox all week has had players, coaches and others with Super Bowl trips to their name speak to the team.
The Broncos are back in the Super Bowl for the first time in 15 years and play Feb. 2 against Seattle at MetLife Stadium.
Dawkins' message, Bailey said, was: "Don't get caught up in the moment too much. Do what we've been doing all year. Prepare even harder but don't stray away from what we know and what we're good at."
Bailey had a chance to chat one-on-one with Dawkins, who played three seasons in Denver (2009-11) after 13 years in Philadelphia. He went to Super Bowl XXXIX with the Eagles after the 2004 season; they lost to New England.
"I didn't enjoy the Super Bowl," Dawkins said Friday. "I was so focused on the game, that I enjoyed nothing off the field. ... I'm saying enjoy some of it, but not too much of it."
With lots of family and friends helping the past 15 years, the 35-year-old Bailey said he found "just enough" tickets for all of his crew.
The Broncos will practice Saturday morning at Dove Valley then fly to New Jersey on Sunday for the week. Denver will practice at the New York Jets' facility next week leading up to the Super Bowl.
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