Champ Bailey thinks he’s as good as ever

Champ Bailey

When Champ Bailey entered the NFL in 1999, he was a physical freak of nature whose natural athleticism was so great that at Georgia, he had averaged more than 100 all-purpose yards a game as a part-time player on offense and special teams while playing enough defense to win the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as college football’s best defensive player. But now that Bailey is about to turn 34, how does the Broncos’ cornerback now compare to that young player of 13 years ago?

“I am still as good as I was when I was 22 or 23,” Bailey told Pete Prisco of

At first blush, that would seem hard to swallow: The reality is that athletes in their mid-30s simply aren’t in their peak physical condition anymore. But Bailey acknowledges that he’s not the same athlete he was when he entered the league. The reason Bailey hasn’t declined, he says, is that he’s mentally stronger than ever. Read more here…