For the first time since his 2004 arrival in Denver, Champ Bailey did not earn first-team All-Pro plaudits as the Broncos were shut out of first-team All-Pro honorees for the first time since 2002.
Bailey received 11 votes, placing him on the second team behind New England’s Asante Samuel and San Diego’s Antonio Cromartie.
He was the only Bronco to receive any votes.
Bailey remained among the league’s finest “shutdown” cornerbacks, although his three interceptions last fall were his fewest since his first Broncos campaign.
“Every year is a little bit different,” Bailey said on Dec. 19. “When you look at numbers, every year is a little different. My numbers are going to be good some years and not good some years. That’s just the way people attack me and the plays I make. I think around the league when people look at the big picture, I get my job done. Plain and simple.”
That was borne out by his selection to his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl, in which he will once again start.
“Although Pro Bowls are great, I’m also striving to get to the Super Bowl,” Bailey said. “I’ve got to play well to get there, so I can’t go backwards any time.”
Bailey, however, will go to his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl, in which he will once again start.
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