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
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Champ Bailey is not worried about the 15-year journey, he's just happy the day finally came.
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The Denver Broncos 15-year veteran will play his first Super Bowl on Sunday when the Broncos kick off against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium.
"I think that's the way it works out. If I was supposed to be here, I would have been here a long time ago," Bailey said this week. "Things do take time, and I finally got with the right group of guys, as a whole. I played with some great players, but this is definitely the best team I've been on."
This by far has been Bailey's most difficult season, having missed a number of game after sustaining a foot injury during the preseason game against the Seahawks. The 35-year-old Bailey played just five games this season, starting just three times.
"I knew it was serious because of the pain I felt and what I felt initially. But I don't think it would take that long. I'm usually a fast healer, but I know one thing, I'm not 25 anymore."
Many of the players have rallied around Bailey - ala Ray Bourque for the Colorado Avalanche in the 2001 Stanley Cup run, which also came in New Jersey.
"For Champ to play for as long as he has, to have a chance to play in his first one, it speaks to how difficult it is to get there," quarterback Peyton Manning said. "It also speaks to his commitment to staying on top of his game, keeping himself in great shape. To be playing corner at his age is extremely difficult."
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