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Champ Bailey Won’t Follow Terrell Owens Hall Of Fame Lead

Champ Bailey, Terrell Owens, Broncos

After spending 15 seasons in the NFL mirroring the best wide receivers in the league, cornerback Champ Bailey says he will take a radically different route to the Hall of Fame than recent inductee Terrell Owens.

Owens, one of the NFL’s most braggadocios wide receivers, famously skipped his own Hall of Fame enshrinement in protest for the three-year delay it took in getting there.

“In terms of the criteria, the bylaws and what it takes for a guy to get in — when it came to me, other things came into play and for me, that doesn’t bode well for me,” Owens said [via CBS Sports]

Bailey, whose own career was defined by his ability to deny receivers like Owens the spotlight, says he’d be upset if he weren’t a first ballot Hall of Famer, but wouldn’t follow Owens’ lead [via TMZ]:

“For T.O., he carries his emotions a little different. So, I can understand him being ticked off a little differently because he’s always carried himself that way,” Bailey said. “I don’t know if I would do the things [T.O.] did. But, every man has his own choices to make.”

Bailey was drafted by the Washington Redskins with the seventh overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, where he played for five seasons before going to the Denver Broncos and played 10 more seasons. The defensive back was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time First Team All-Pro with two Second Team All-Pro selections. He will be eligible for the Hall of Fame next year.