NEW YORK - Early Friday morning, 7NEWS anchor Lisa Hildalgo was grabbing a cup of coffee in New York City when she spotted a familiar face. It was Elaine Bailey, mom of Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey.
“I’m overwhelmed. I’m very excited,” Bailey said, wearing an orange Broncos hat and her son’s No. 24 jersey.
Bailey is checking out New York City this weekend, getting amped up for Sunday’s game. She said that Champ was always an active child who loved sports from the time he was a little boy. Now, he has the chance to do what he always wanted to do – play football in the big leagues.
Champ Bailey has been playing football in the NFL for 15 years and is facing the biggest game of his career this weekend. He played for the Washington Redskins from 1999 until 2004, when he was traded to Denver.
"That's why I stuck around, I knew I would get another shot at it (the Super Bowl)," he told reporters last Friday. "Here we are."
Having flown all the way from Georgia, Elaine Bailey said she hasn’t seen her son yet since he’s busy preparing with the team. She’s ready to bundle up and face whatever weather Sunday brings.
“I don’t care what the weather’s going to be, I’ve been out in cold weather before,” she said. “I’m just gonna suck it up for a few hours and we’re gonna get this thing.”