Aqib Talib

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Aqib Talib
Aqib Talib Super Bowl 50 Champion (2015)
Talib with the Denver Broncos in 2014
No. 21 Denver Broncos
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-02-13) February 13, 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Richardson (TX) Berkner
College: Kansas
NFL draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Tackles: 351
Pass deflections: 99
Interceptions: 30
Forced fumbles: 3
Defensive TDs: 8
Player stats at

Aqib Talib (born February 13, 1986) is an American football cornerback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Kansas, where he received unanimous All-American honors. Talib has also played for the New England Patriots.

Early years[edit]

Aqib Talib was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Theodore and Donna Henry. Donna had converted to Islam and gave her four children Muslim names: Saran, Kai, Yaqub, and Aqib. Aqib means "the last one" in Arabic; Aqib was so named as he was the youngest of the four children. His last name, Talib, means "student." Aqib's parents divorced at a young age, and he followed his mother to Texas to start the eighth grade.[1][2] He then attended Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas, and lettered in football, basketball, and track. In football, as a senior, he was named the Berkner High School's Defensive Back of the Year while garnering first-team all-district and first-team all-city honors. In track, he was a member of the 4 × 100m (43.05) and 4 × 200m (1:32.77) relay squads.

As a college football prospect during his senior year, he was rated 2 stars by He was recruited by Kansas, Kansas State, Wyoming, Tulsa, Arizona, and Baylor. He chose to sign a National Letter of Intent to play for Kansas.[3]

College career[edit]

Talib attended the University of Kansas, where he played for the Kansas Jayhawks football team from 2005 to 2007.

2005 season[edit]

After redshirting in his first year at Kansas, Talib contributed substantially to a strong Jayhawk defense. Playing alongside future NFL cornerback Charles Gordon, Talib played in 11 games, starting nine. He recorded two interceptions and led the team by breaking up eight passes. He helped Kansas achieve a 7–5 record, including a 42–13 victory against Houston in the Fort Worth Bowl. For his efforts, Talib was named all-Big 12 Honorable Mention by the conference coaches, the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and a freshman all-American by

2006 season[edit]

As a sophomore, Talib was the defensive leader of a Jayhawk team that finished 6–6. He led the nation in passes broken up per game and recorded six interceptions. In the final game of the season against the Missouri Tigers, Talib deflected four passes and scored a 42-yard touchdown after lining up as a wide receiver. He picked up first-team all-Big 12 honors from the conference coaches and was named a second-team all-American by Sports Illustrated.

2007 season[edit]

Talib established himself as one of the best defensive college football players in the country as a junior, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American. He also continued to play sparingly as a wide receiver, catching four touchdown passes through the first nine games. Against rival Kansas State, Talib preserved a victory by intercepting a Josh Freeman pass in the final moments of the game. He has also returned an interception 102 yards for a touchdown against Florida International. After the season, Talib was a unanimous All-American selection.[4]

In the 2008 Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech, Talib returned an interception for a touchdown and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. He announced on January 6, 2008 that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2008 NFL Draft.[5]

Professional career[edit]


As one of the nation's top cornerback prospects, Talib received an invitation to the 2008 NFL Combine, held at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. Talib's results included posting a 38-inch vertical leap, running a 4.44-second 40-yard dash and a 6.82-second 3 cone drill, bench pressing 225 pounds 10 times and notching a standing broad jump of 10 feet, 11 inches.[6]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Talib was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 20th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft,[7] becoming the first KU player to be drafted in the first round since 1993 (Dana Stubblefield, 26th overall by the San Francisco 49ers). Talib also became the second cornerback ever taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round (Rod Jones, 1986 NFL Draft)[8]

2008 season[edit]

Talib recorded his first career interception in Week 2 of the 2008 season against the Atlanta Falcons. As of the beginning of week 16, Talib was 1st among NFL rookies with 4 interceptions and tied for 10th overall in the NFL along with Rashean Mathis, Terence Newman, and teammate Ronde Barber.

2009 season[edit]

In 2009, Talib had 5 interceptions. He also became just the second player in Buccaneers team history (along with Ronde Barber) to record three interceptions in one game when he did it against the Washington Redskins on October 4, 2009.

2010 season[edit]

In 2010 Talib had six interceptions, one which he returned for a touchdown. However, in a week 13 game against the Atlanta Falcons he injured his hip in which a tendon tore from his bone which ended his season. At the time of his injury he was tied for second in the NFL in interceptions with 6. Ed Reed would lead all defensive backs with a total of 8.[9][10]

After the 2010 season, Aqib Talib was named Defensive Back of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association.[11][12]

2011 season[edit]

Talib played 13 games during the 2011 season before being placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. In the 13 games he played he totaled 34 tackles, 11 passes defended, and 2 interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns.

New England Patriots[edit]

Talib in the 2013 postseason, while with the Patriots.

2012 season[edit]

Talib was suspended by the NFL on October 13, 2012 for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Talib released a statement saying his suspension was a result of testing positive for Adderall: "Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription."[13] The Buccaneers traded Talib along with a seventh round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft for a fourth round pick from the New England Patriots on November 1, 2012.[14] Talib's suspension was lifted on November 12, 2012. In his first game with the New England Patriots on November 18, 2012 he returned an intercepted pass from Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck 59 yards for a touchdown.

2013 season[edit]

On March 16, 2013, Talib signed a one-year contract with the Patriots.[15] In his first four games, he recorded four interceptions. Talib finished the regular season with 35 total tackles, four interceptions, and 14 passes defensed over the 13 games he appeared in.

Denver Broncos[edit]

2014 season[edit]

On March 11, 2014, Talib signed a six-year, $57 million contract, including $26 million guaranteed, with the Denver Broncos.[16]

On September 14, in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Talib intercepted Alex Smith and scored a touchdown although an offsides penalty negated the play. On October 12, in a game against the New York Jets, Talib intercepted Geno Smith and took it to the end zone to seal a 31–17 victory. It was his first pick as a Bronco. On October 19, Talib intercepted 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the opening minutes of the third quarter on Sunday Night Football. On December 14, Talib snagged a Phillip Rivers pass in a 22–10 win over the San Diego Chargers. The next week, Talib picked off Andy Dalton and took the intercepted pass all the way back for a touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage in a 37–28 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

2015 season[edit]

On September 13, 2015, Talib picked off Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown. In the next game on Thursday Night Football, he intercepted Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in the second quarter to set up a game-tying touchdown after trailing 14–0. Denver would win 31–24.

On November 8, 2015, Talib poked the eye of Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen late in the 4th quarter of the Broncos' 27–24 loss. The Broncos were assessed a 15-yard penalty with the Colts getting a new set of downs, essentially ending any chance that the Broncos had to come back to win the game. Talib was later suspended one game for the incident.[17]

During the AFC Championship game on January 24, 2016, between the Broncos and the Patriots, Talib tipped a two-point conversion pass by Tom Brady which the Broncos intercepted in the end zone. This preserved a 20–18 lead late in the 4th quarter which the Broncos won.[18] Talib made it to his first Super Bowl. His first appearance in Super Bowl included a 15 yard personal foul taunting penalty and a 15 yard personal foul face masking penalty in the first half. On the latter penalty, Talib viciously threw down Carolina Receiver Corey Brown by his face mask. Later, Talib admitted to reporters the he committed the facemasking penalty on purpose. The Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 24-10.

NFL stats[edit]

2008 TB 15 23 17 6 0.0 0 0 0 4 32 8 19 0 9
2009 TB 15 64 56 8 0.0 0 1 −5 5 99 20 32 0 15
2010 TB 11 40 39 1 0.0 0 0 0 6 91 15 45 1 11
2011 TB 13 34 31 3 0.0 1 0 0 2 55 28 28 2 11
2012 TB 4 21 20 1 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 8
2012 NE 6 19 13 6 0.0 0 1 5 1 59 59 59 1 2
2013 NE 13 41 35 6 0.0 1 0 0 4 12 3 14 0 14
2014 DEN 15 63 54 9 1.0 1 0 0 4 62 16 33 2 17
2015 DEN 15 45 39 6 0.0 0 0 0 3 123 41 63 2 13
Career 107 350 304 46 1.0 3 2 0 30 533 18 63 8 100



  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Legal and conduct issues[edit]

Talib has had several conduct related issues since his NFL career started. At the NFL rookie symposium in July 2008, Talib was involved in a fistfight with fellow Buccaneers rookie Cory Boyd.[20] On August 20, 2009, Talib allegedly battered a taxi driver,[21] and he was arrested by Florida Highway Patrol and booked into the Pinellas County jail, charged with resisting arrest without violence and simple battery.[22] In March 2011, police in Garland, Texas issued a felony warrant for Talib for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after accusing him of firing a gun at his sister's boyfriend.[23] He was later released on $25,000 bond. Talib was indicted on the charge in May 2011.[24] On June 18, 2012, the charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence and character concerns with the accuser.[25]


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