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Aqib Talib said it never got personal with Steve Smith

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After lighting the fuse early on Steve Smith, Aqib Talib wasn’t around at the end.

That provided the Panthers wide receiver a double win — the kind on the scoreboard and the ability to tell Talib on national television to “Ice up, son.”

That’s become a catchphrase in Charlotte already, with restaurant chains picking it up within hours for marketing purposes.

But Talib refused to heat it back up Wednesday, nursing the sore hip that kept him from finishing the game.

Never personal, man. It’s never personal,” Talib said, via Mark Daniels of the Boston Herald. “I’m sure if I see Steve, it’d be, ‘What’s up, how you doing?’ It’s never personal, man. Him and the other guy from St. Louis [cornerback Janoris Jenkins], that was personal. He didn’t say he was going to punch me in my face after the game. He just told me to go get in the tub.”

Jenkins went after Smith at a personal level, making coments about Smith’s wife that made him furious.

Both guys made the same mistake though: They tried to get into Smith’s head, while the 34-year-old wideout was doing the same to them.

Smith’s been taken out of games before, leterally and figuratively, when his anger got the best of him. But it’s been years, and he’s figured out how to use it to his advantage.

Teams, and certain corners, are game-planning his reputation instead of what he’s actually doing, allowing him to bait them into altercations which he has control over.  He did to Jenkins in the Rams game, bowing up to him after one play, then flopping like a Duke basketball player at the first contact, trying to draw a penalty.

Likewise, Talib tugging on Smith’s leg early in the game only served the effect as tugging on Superman’s cape. All it did was get Smith’s attention, which was a mistake others have made.

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12 Responses to “Aqib Talib said it never got personal with Steve Smith”
  1. phillyphinsfan says: Nov 21, 2013 6:36 AM

    Steve Smith loves to drawn attention to himself. It’s what insecure people do.

  2. braven4evr says: Nov 21, 2013 6:46 AM

    Both players have displayed the same basic temperament, the difference is Smith has learned from his mistakes and Talib hasn’t.

  3. 3taintedchampionships2biglosses says: Nov 21, 2013 7:01 AM

    Patriot way

  4. myeaglescantwin says: Nov 21, 2013 7:04 AM

    steve smith is a beast.. Pound for pound one of the toughest and most talented players in the league..

    take a few moments and check out his highlight real… He has some AP-style runs in there that make defenders just look silly.

  5. derrickbrooks4president says: Nov 21, 2013 7:45 AM

    It’s a good thing Talib wasn’t Shorty Smith’s teammate or he would have been 1st degree assaulted.
    Of course Talib did the same thing to one of his own team mates at The Rookie Symposium so all in all, two turds in the toilet bowl of life.

  6. joetoronto says: Nov 21, 2013 7:50 AM

    “Never personal, man. It’s never personal,Im a turd all the time” Talib said

  7. ijahru says: Nov 21, 2013 9:20 AM

    Smith had 4 catches, when did Superman show up?

  8. thundastormz says: Nov 21, 2013 9:24 AM

    Ice up Son! Hahahaha gotta love some Smitty!

  9. patriotinvasion says: Nov 21, 2013 12:23 PM

    As a football fan, I loved the fight out of both players. I was surprised that Smith got the better of Talib, but Smith is a savvy vet and has been a fiesty guy dating all the way back to when the Pats beat him in Super Bowl XXXVIII. Tip of the cap to Steve for winning the battle. Maybe Talib will see him again down the line in February for a rematch.

  10. forsbergler says: Nov 21, 2013 1:17 PM

    There was only 1 player fighting, The other player was getting schooled. Ice up Son!!!

  11. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 21, 2013 1:29 PM

    These people in Charlotte are beyond embarrassing. Amateurs.

  12. dcstinks says: Nov 21, 2013 3:59 PM

    And the Cam-burglar strikes again!!!!

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