Aqib Talib is a cornerback for the Denver Broncos. He previously played four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also played parts of two seasons with the New England Patriots.
Early Years & College
Talib was born in Cleveland, OH on February 13, 1986 and lettered in three sports while attending Berkner High School in Richardson, TX. Despite earning First-Team All-District and All-City honors as a senior, he received little interest from schools as a football prospect. He opted to sign a letter of intent with Kansas University.
As a redshirt freshman in 2005, he started nine games for the Jayhawks and earned honorable mention All-Big 12 recognition. He led the nation in passes broke up as a sophomore and hauled in six interceptions for Kansas, eventually receiving Second-Team All-American honors from Sports Illustrated. After leading the Jayhawks to an Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech as a junior, he made the First-Team All-American team and decided to forgo his senior year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Talib with the 20th overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, and he recorded four interceptions as a rookie starter. He had five more picks during the 2009 season, including three in one game against the Washington Redskins. He was named Defensive Back of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association following a six interception campaign in 2010, solidifying himself as one the league’s top corners.
Legal trouble tarnished Talib’s stay with Tampa Bay, as he was involved with multiple off-field altercations during his time with the team. In March 2011, he was arrested for allegedly shooting a gun at his sister’s boyfriend in Garland, Texas. Charges were eventually dropped, but he ended up being suspended four games at the start of the 2012 season by testing positive for Adderall.
New England Patriots
The Buccaneers shipped Talib to the New England Patriots on November 1, 2012 in exchange for a fourth round draft choice. After the trade, he played six games for the Patriots and recorded 19 tackles and one interception. In his only full season with the team, he made his first Pro Bowl and had four interceptions while helping lead New England back to the AFC Championship game.
Instead of remaining with the Patriots, Talib left to join the Denver Broncos as a free agent on March 11, 2014. He signed a six-year deal worth $57 million, with a guaranteed $26 million for the life of the contract.
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