When rookie cornerback Kayvon Webster took the practice field at the University of South Florida, he proclaimed to everybody around that Champ Bailey had arrived.
That is a habit he has dropped in Denver because, well, Champ Bailey has been here since 2004 – longer than anyone else on the club.
Bailey understands where Webster is coming from because he was in a similar position when he began his NFL career with the Washington Redskins.
“I know how it is,” Bailey said. “Because when I got to Washington, I had Darrell Green. I imitated him and then in my second year, I had Deion Sanders and I imitated him. So, we all imitate guys we look up to. He’s just in a fortunate situation where he has a chance to work with me like I did with those guys. You don’t get those opportunities a lot as a young player.”
Though they’ve only had a few weeks of practices together as teammates, Webster is already taking advantage of the resource that he shares a field and meeting room with.
“We have had our sessions, one-on-one sessions,” Bailey said. “He is one of those guys that is here to play and learn as much as he can. He knows he is going to have to fight his way to get on the field, but when it comes down to it, he is going to do whatever it takes. I love that about him.”