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Aqib Talib: I wasn’t really in the NFL until I was in New England


Aqib Talib has been an NFL player since the Buccaneers drafted him in 2008. But he says it was four and a half years later that he really figured out what it is to be a professional.

Talib divides his pro football career into two parts: Those four and a half years in Tampa Bay, when he was playing for an organization where he wasn’t particularly happy, and then everything after November 1, 2012, the day he was traded to New England.

“I’ve been in the NFL since ’08,” Talib told the Boston Herald. “But I’ve really been in the NFL since November of 2012.”

Talib never got to the playoffs in four seasons with the Bucs, but he’s getting ready for his fourth playoff game in two years with the Patriots.

“It’s totally different here,” Talib said. “It’s big games after big games. It’s Monday nights after Sunday nights, playoffs. Tom Brady is walking around here. There are countless people and media in the locker room. This is the NFL right here.”

Talib sounds like a man who hopes to play in New England for a long time.

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72 Responses to “Aqib Talib: I wasn’t really in the NFL until I was in New England”
  1. kd727 says: Jan 18, 2014 4:34 PM

    Well Aqib certainly didn’t act like he was in the NFL when he was in Tampa. Getting confrontational with coaches, fighting teammates at practice, failing multiple drug tests. This genius got into a fight in practice in the middle of the season, thought it would be a great idea to use his helmet as a weapon, took it off and swung it. Missed his intended target and did severe damage to Torrie Cox’s face on his backswing. Was lucky it wasn’t worse.

    I’m all for second chances and Talib’s making the most of his…well I wouldn’t call this his second chance. It’s really more like his 4th or 5th. He’s lucky he landed in New England where Belichick could knock some sense into him. Talib talks a big game for someone who requires safety help over the top…ask Hakeem Nicks what happens when Talib’s left on an island.

  2. moerawn says: Jan 18, 2014 4:34 PM

    Please please please let them pounded tomorrow.

  3. kingpel says: Jan 18, 2014 4:35 PM

    The Raheem Morris regime in Tampa was absolutely laughable. It was embarrassing.

  4. madcapdawgfan says: Jan 18, 2014 4:37 PM

    He does seem to elevate the play of the Patriots secondary when he’s on the field, but he does seem to get injured a lot. Still, I’d be pretty shocked if they don’t get him into a long term contract this offseason.

  5. walkers8484 says: Jan 18, 2014 4:38 PM

    Genius…..truly inspirational guy

  6. tigerlilac says: Jan 18, 2014 4:38 PM

    Patriots fans hope he stays with the team in 2014 and beyond but he will need to accept less money than the best offer in free agency. I expect that Talib, given his comments and the joy we see in his body language, can balance the value of money with the nonmonetary benefits he gets with the Patriots but I doubt his agent will advise him that less is more.

  7. quickstrong says: Jan 18, 2014 4:40 PM

    So is he saying the BUCS are the Pats Farm team?

  8. japmen says: Jan 18, 2014 4:40 PM

    What a moron.

  9. thegronk87 says: Jan 18, 2014 4:42 PM

    Welcome to the nfl, buddy.

  10. 4allintensivepurposes says: Jan 18, 2014 4:42 PM

    Shut up.

  11. bradygoat says: Jan 18, 2014 4:43 PM

    As a Pats fan, that’s nice to hear, but I don’t see him taking a discount to stay in NE when the season is done. As far as him getting beat over the top – yeah, he gambles and loses sometimes, but he’s better than about 90% of the other corners in the league. Moerawn, I’m assuming you want the Pats to get “pounded” tomorrow. I’m a fan and I know there are plenty of obnoxious Pats fans out there, but what this team does year in and year out is pretty remarkable in the salary cap era. They may well lose to Denver tomorrow, bur what they’ve done this season with the turnover on offense and injuries across the board is pretty incredible. I would think an adult fan of the game would recognize that.

  12. 21stnprime says: Jan 18, 2014 4:44 PM

    ice up son!

  13. micknangold says: Jan 18, 2014 4:47 PM


  14. sschmiggles says: Jan 18, 2014 4:49 PM

    > Talib talks a big game for someone who requires safety help over the top…ask Hakeem Nicks what happens when Talib’s left on an island.

    Lol, never mind that the Bucs had one of the worst pass rushes in the NFL from 2011-2012, one of the reasons all the Bucs fans thought Talib sucked.

    Ask Jimmy Graham what he thinks of playing Talib one on one

  15. lasher1650 says: Jan 18, 2014 4:49 PM

    And it isn’t getting any better in Tampa . . . good for a talent like Talib to be freed from that nightmare organization.

    Giving Lovie Smith control of the football operations – including the hiring of the GM, final say of the 53 man roster, and control of the draft – is going to be a monumental disaster. Smith’s talent evaluation in Chicago (when at times he was able to exert influence over Jerry Angelo) was horrid with both NFL free agents and draft choices. Lovie was an adequate at best head coach but as ultimate football czar, this is gonna a rough go for the Bucs.

  16. realnflmaster says: Jan 18, 2014 4:50 PM

    -0 Superbowl wins since spygate.
    -Brutal losses at home to Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco twice since spygate.
    -Playing in statistically the worst divison since 2000

    This is the best coach and quarterback of all time? Please. OVERRATED. New Cheatland.

  17. gobucs2014 says: Jan 18, 2014 4:50 PM

    Talib is the epitome of a loser. Quitting and whining on the team that drafted you in the 1st round for 4 years, then getting traded for a 7th rounder and landing, by pure luck, on a perennial contender, and then dissing the team who wasted their Nr. 1 draft pick on your sorry xxx, is about as low-class and pathetic as you can get.

    Let’s hope he suffers a freak injury tomorrow early on. Couldn’t happen to a better guy.

  18. tigerlilac says: Jan 18, 2014 4:50 PM

    “Please please please let them (get) pounded tomorrow.”

    The envy of the Patriots is so great that fans of other teams (not the Broncos) are posting not only that they want them to lose, but they want them to get “pounded”. That seems rather pathological to me. I wonder how they view themselves?

  19. fearthehoody says: Jan 18, 2014 4:51 PM

    New England Patriots, America’s gem of sports franchises!

  20. sscampton says: Jan 18, 2014 4:54 PM

    Enough! It is an honor and a privilege to play for any of the 32 NFL. I don’t care if Tampa wasn’t any good while he was there. If you want to be a professional football player making millions of dollars, you should respect the people who you play for, play with, and the uniform you play in. Congratulations on playing for a winner and having a chance to go to a Super Bowl, but how dare you look at guys who you played with and tell them that they weren’t good enough to be in the NFL. A lot of guys on the outside would kill to play in red and pewter. The guys that won a Super Bowl in Tampa were proud to be there and played their asses off. Oh and by the way they were some of the best who ever played. Who do you think you are that you would spit on their organization? Good riddance Aqib. As soon as you wear out your welcome, the Hoodie will dump you just like Moss, Dillon, and the rest before you. And when that happens, the other 31 NFL teams won’t have any interest in employing someone that thinks their organization is second-class.

  21. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 18, 2014 4:55 PM

    Thrilled to have him here in NE. But realistically speaking he didn’t do himself many favors while he was in Tampa.

  22. jayhawk6 says: Jan 18, 2014 4:56 PM

    Perhaps Aqib has turned his life around. But can he cover Jordy Nelson? Nelson undressed him in college.

  23. rabbi187 says: Jan 18, 2014 5:02 PM

    fearthehoody | Jan 18, 2014, 3:51 PM CST
    New England Patriots, America’s gem of sports franchises!
    One would think “America’s gem” would have won something in the past decade…

  24. beefsbrother says: Jan 18, 2014 5:05 PM


    Now that Bill Cowher himself said on Pittsburgh talk radio this week that EVERYONE was stealing signals, but that the Pats were guilty of arrogance (which is 100% right), what are you going to do now for a binky? Cowher is a guy that could have had a beef but he doesn’t. Just accept the truth.


  25. blacnsilvr says: Jan 18, 2014 5:07 PM

    U weren’t really in the NFL because u were constantly in jail!

  26. buckeye1nation says: Jan 18, 2014 5:08 PM

    Maybe if he acted like a pro in Tampa he would have been treated like one. Slapping cab drivers, drug suspensions, fighting with team mates and yelling at coaches isn’t exactly the way to endear yourself to your employers.

  27. yetimonster says: Jan 18, 2014 5:13 PM


  28. NoobTubeTV says: Jan 18, 2014 5:26 PM

    Go Broncos!

  29. gb4mn0 says: Jan 18, 2014 5:32 PM

    Every player that has ever been drafted by minnysoda and then traded feels the same.

  30. thelastbesthope says: Jan 18, 2014 5:33 PM

    That some serious suck up right there. His agent has done wonders with the former punk.

    Aqib will get his money. Well played.

  31. bucfansouthtampa says: Jan 18, 2014 5:34 PM

    I can understand why he said that, but PFT has to remember that Jon Gruden drafted him in ’08. He gets suspended multiple times for dope and adderall. He punches out a cab driver (while he was driving), and gets involved in a gun fight where his mom shoots his sister’s fiance.
    Dont get me wrong, Talib is awesome, but he was on the downhill slope here. There are too many distractions here in Tampa. (Drugs, girls, and girls) Plus the coaches since Gruden were of the lowest caliber. Raheem was his buddy, Schiano was a bully and both were clueless on how to coach in the NFL. Im proud that Talib, Blount and even Bennett (Seahawks) found great homes. Im sad to see them gone, but Im sure Lovie Smith will bring back the greatness here in Tampa.

  32. kordogg says: Jan 18, 2014 5:42 PM

    This is what happens when someone speaks their mind. Tampa is very bitter. Be honest after 2002 the Buccaneers have been terrible. Aqib Talib may have his problems but he is smart enough to recognize a good opportunity when he sees one. He wants a big contract and honestly he and Tampa’s latest “problem child cast away” Blount deserve new contracts because they took advantage of their chances.

  33. burgboy82 says: Jan 18, 2014 5:44 PM

    As a Bucs fan who has seen ever snap he’s played from when he was drafted till he was traded ( and some since), I can tell you Aqib is a pretty good corner, but a terrible person. He can be inconsistent at times, shutting down some one week, giving up 200 yds to a single receiver the next.

    The way he carried himself in Tampa Bay is absolutely pathetic. Everything you have heard about this man is true; from an unprovoked punching of a cabdriver (to the face, his two teammates present were totally shocked), swinging a helmet at a TEAMMATE and missing, smashing another teammate in this face, failed drug tests for “aderroll”, and yes, even he and his mother fire guns at people.

    This clown got to line up with future HOF CB Ronde Barber every week, he didn’t learn one damn thing about how to be a professional.

  34. cheapglazers says: Jan 18, 2014 5:54 PM

    Playing in tap is like peewee football with the glazers running the show.

  35. Phil says: Jan 18, 2014 5:57 PM

    I like how everyone is hating on him after he admit’s he’s finally growing up and realizing he needs to become a professional. You think he was a joke in Tampa? So does he. that’s his point. Just because he’s man enough to own up to the fact that he needed to do some growing up doesn’t mean you need to be bitter about it.

  36. elmustardo says: Jan 18, 2014 5:59 PM

    I’m glad it took him four and a half years before he felt like he was in the NFL.

    He’s still one strike away from being out of the NFL for a very very long time.

    Is this the offseason when it finally happens?

  37. kd75 says: Jan 18, 2014 6:04 PM

    I bet you cashed those paychecks though son. Bought some bling. Nice ride. Made it rain at the club…

  38. Phil says: Jan 18, 2014 6:08 PM

    “It is an honor and a privilege to play for any of the 32 NFL”


    Yeah…it’s such a privilege to make the NFL and it’s owners billions of dollars every year.

    Hate to burst your bubble but the NFL is a business. Competitive franchises make money. Talented players are (very well) compensated for their services. That’s not a privilege, it’s capitalism. Stop acting like like Talib or any other player owes you something because he provides you with a service you enjoy. If you don’t like the service or the people providing it go somewhere else. Good luck finding a sport without punks though.

  39. unitasftw says: Jan 18, 2014 6:10 PM

    My colts never felt like they were in the NFL Until they went to New England! 😦

  40. henry53 says: Jan 18, 2014 6:14 PM

    ” A lot of guys on the outside would kill to play in red and pewter”
    Lol, I nearly choked on my corn flakes when I read that one!


  41. dudermcrbohan says: Jan 18, 2014 6:25 PM

    players always gush about playing in New England… until its time for a new contract.

  42. badmoonrison says: Jan 18, 2014 6:28 PM

    Overrated player with a totally dumb rhyming name. Just because your current team cheats doesn’t mean you reached the big leagues. You’d be 4th string on any other team if it weren’t for cheating Eddie Adams.

  43. gregoryp3234 says: Jan 18, 2014 6:28 PM

    its hilarious that pats fans think that the NFL is real. I would want to believe that its real too is i were a pats fan. bob craft is the head of programming at CBS. he is also best friends with roger goodell. you think its just a coincidence that the pats are 12-4 every year? take this year. pats have nobody on defense, both linebackers and wilfork go down to injury. no gronk, no hernandez, nobody on offense. their offensive line is filled with a bunch of rejects not only this year but in recent years. tom brady never gets touched, in fact, never even has anybody around him. the game they got beat by the dolphins they had 1 penalty for 2 yards. it was a pass interference that was so blatant it had to be called. the pats were terrible this year. every year they start the season 3-2 ( when the officials are calling fair games to keep all 32 fan bases interested) and somehow finish the season 13-3 or 12-4 with a bye. the pats are good because they are in cahoots with the networks and goodell. there is no parody anymore. the NFL tries to sell you parody, but theres not. the 49ers weren’t dominate every year with steve young and joe montana, and thats because its impossible to be consistently good in a league where all the players are fantastic athletes. there are just too many variables to be dominate every year, unless……you have somebody helping you out. just google it for gods sake. there is literature out on the subject, just nobody wants to believe it. ill admit, it really hard to stop watching, even though i know its not real. The NFL is allowed to determine the outcome of games. its a fact. NFL is considered entertainment, not a sport. they can do whatever they want. can you blame them? If i could make double my money by determining who is good every year, i would do it. the big market teams and names are what makes money and drive ratings. they are already doing it with andrew luck. they are telling you andrew luck is good, even though he sucks. luck didn’t throw many picks this year, do you know why? because they didn’t throw the ball that much because when he does, he throws picks. he’s not good, just watch him play. somehow the colts were 11-5 two years in a row. so, chew on that for a while pats fans, enjoy it while it lasts, the NFL will come crashing down soon.

  44. coloneldukelacross says: Jan 18, 2014 6:33 PM

    …but did you cash them checks, baby?

  45. flash1283 says: Jan 18, 2014 6:35 PM

    realnflmaster says:
    Jan 18, 2014 4:50 PM
    -0 Superbowl wins since spygate.
    -Brutal losses at home to Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco twice since spygate.
    -Playing in statistically the worst divison since 2000

    This is the best coach and quarterback of all time? Please. OVERRATED. New Cheatland.
    realnflmaster says:
    Jan 18, 2014 4:50 PM
    -0 Superbowl wins since spygate.
    -Brutal losses at home to Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco twice since spygate.
    -Playing in statistically the worst divison since 2000

    The statistically worst division since 2000 is the AFC South.

    But as usual haters don’t have a clue!

  46. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 18, 2014 7:00 PM

    gobucs2014 says:

    and then dissing the team who wasted their Nr. 1 draft pick on your sorry xxx, is about as low-class and pathetic as you can get.

    Let’s hope he suffers a freak injury tomorrow early on. Couldn’t happen to a better guy.

    Uh no. Wishing in injury on a player you don’t like is as low class and pathetic as it gets.

    The Glazers are among the worst owners in sports worldwide, hated by both Bucs fans and Manchester United fans. They run their team like amateurs and their main concern is generating dollars, not winning.

  47. therooneyskilledwebster says: Jan 18, 2014 7:04 PM

    realnflmasturbater…exactly what 2nd rate franchise do you root for because we already know that it’s inferior to New England ? Since Spygate broke during the Jets game on 09/09/07 the Pats are 60-20 for a .750 winning pct. vs. all non-AFC East teams, including the playoffs. Your envy is beyond pathetic.

  48. snookau says: Jan 18, 2014 7:06 PM

    He’s only been good in New England because he’s had 2 back to back contract years. As soon as some dumb team gives him a long term deal, he’ll be back to punching cab drivers and hitting teammates in the face with his helmet.

    Talib is ghetto trash.

  49. bstngrdn says: Jan 18, 2014 7:09 PM

    I love all these people who continue to think that the reason the Patriots are successful is because of cheating. Evidently, they have no clue about how to analyze something logically. Well here’s some help. The “cheating’ was supposed to have happened before the 2007 season and they were prevented from repeating the cheating. Logically if that is true, any cheating would have been of no use to them after that time. If that’s true, how can it be explained that they won 17 games straight in 2007, have been to two Superbowls, won many Division championships, consistently have a winning record, and once again find themselves in a position to be in the big game in spite of unprecedented setbacks and injuries that would have stopped most teams in their tracks.
    The answer is simple, the Patriots have the best coach, the best quarterback, the best system and the best owner in the league.

  50. officialgame says: Jan 18, 2014 7:13 PM

    And you will be out as soon as it’s time to get paid. Seriously though the Pats know what their doing while the stupid teams meander on.

  51. 1bigtex says: Jan 18, 2014 7:14 PM

    Talib is lucky that he has enough cash to hire a lawyer that kept him out of prison. A long time scumbag, for sure.

  52. nflsucker says: Jan 18, 2014 7:16 PM

    gregoryp3234 says:
    Jan 18, 2014 6:28 PM
    there is no parody anymore. the NFL tries to sell you parody, but theres not.


    I think you might have just shown that “parody” exists in a big way.

  53. TheWizard says: Jan 18, 2014 7:25 PM

    Please please please let them pounded tomorrow.

    Is this a failed Haiku?

  54. restorativejusticeprogram says: Jan 18, 2014 7:26 PM

    The jealousy of the non-Pats fans is quite sad and, frankly, unAmerican.

    The Pats have had a winning record for 10+ years and did it in the face of terrible injuries in many of those years (once to Brady and, of course, this year to 7 of their 10 best players).

    Talib can appreciate the difference between being with a poorly run organization like the Bucs or Lions, for example, and a well run one like the Pats. Don’t hate on him for finally opening his eyes.

  55. bowdowntopeyton says: Jan 18, 2014 7:28 PM

    Aqib may wish he was out of the NFL after Manning pwns him tomorrow….

  56. ironyisadeadscene says: Jan 18, 2014 8:07 PM

    pwns? Grow up kid. Pats are the best franchise in the nfl…it’s cool everyone is jealous tho

  57. iceburgskin202 says: Jan 18, 2014 8:09 PM

    Well you get a test because Uncle Rico is coming for you!!!

  58. keltictim says: Jan 18, 2014 8:18 PM

    LOVE IT. Patriots haters are just the best and brightest. So glad you guys are original with all your thoughts and “disses”. Everyone one of you would dump yin your pants if you had the chance to have coach Belichick or Tom Brady on your team. I have one word for you, and it’s a word any pats fan of any size and stature can use, and there is no comeback, at least not a comeback that actually makes sense or is rational. SCOREBOARD SUCKA. Darn that’s two words.

  59. backdapack4evr says: Jan 18, 2014 8:36 PM

    Your still not mr. Glass

  60. seanb20124 says: Jan 18, 2014 8:54 PM

    Should probably be in custody for that shooting incident couple years ago

  61. phillyphinsfan says: Jan 18, 2014 8:57 PM

    A million dollar talent with a ten cent brain.

  62. marima07 says: Jan 18, 2014 9:23 PM

    I LOVE me some Aqib Talib.

    Now the Patriots know what it feels like to have a real cornerback again.

  63. rcali says: Jan 18, 2014 9:30 PM

    Well, they say it’s best for cornerbacks to have short term memories. Guess he doesn’t remember being part of the problem in Tampa.

  64. skinsrock says: Jan 18, 2014 9:32 PM

    I still want my Skins to go after him if he reaches FA… I just wonder, with his past, if NE would franchise him after the Hernandez situation.

  65. justadude71 says: Jan 18, 2014 9:36 PM

    The difference between Aqib Talib and Steve Largent, Derrick Thomas, Dan Fouts, Eric Dickerson, Larry Wilson, Earl Campbell, Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen, Gale Sayers and Barry Sanders is that non of them needed to come to a successful team to be and dominate in the NFL.

  66. mrlaloosh says: Jan 18, 2014 9:49 PM

    Hey Talib, nobody thinks Tampa Bay is in the NFL. Nobody.

  67. ocgunslinger says: Jan 18, 2014 9:57 PM

    Virtually every NFL player has talent and potential. Schemes, opportunities and coaches have an awful lot to do with any players success.

  68. bunkerhillbob says: Jan 18, 2014 10:05 PM

    Amazing how Belichick is able to bring in guys who have been trouble elsewhere and get their maximum potential from them, with the help of Tom Brady. Talib and Blount have both blossomed here, after floundering in Tampa, and will be trying to earn their first SB. Go Pats!

  69. keltictim says: Jan 18, 2014 10:56 PM

    @justlikesdudes71 the difference between talib and all those guys you mentioned was more than one. But let’s look at the main difference. Those guys had other players around them to help make them great. The bucs during talibs years were some of the worst teams in nfl history. Then there’s the whole salary cap/free agency thing.

  70. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 19, 2014 1:13 PM

    Unlike the Vikings, the Bucs have actually won a Superbowl.

  71. freemanmvp says: Jan 19, 2014 4:30 PM

    Ahaha!!! Pats fans are arrogant. Redsox and Pats both sucked for over a lifetime. Finally you got good ( in the NFL it happens to every team eventually) and now you talk about “haters” and try to cut down the Bucs. you’d think you guys would have learned after all these years of sucking but No…….. your worse than Yankee Fans who I respect much more than Pats or redsox fans. Good thing Art Modell moved the Browns to Baltimore or the Pats would still suck because Belichick would still be in Cleveland winning SBs. It didn’t take the Bucs 50 years to win a SB and it wont take the Rays a 100 years to win a WS. Pats were the laughing stock of the NFL longer than the Bucs have been a team. LMAO at Pat’s fan’s!!!! HAHAHA!

  72. trilbilly says: Jan 20, 2014 8:45 AM

    Wow! As a Bucs fan that hurts like a pistol whipping. I feel like a cab driver that’s been sucker punched by a drunk. Adderall is a hell of a drug. Laugh while you can Pats fans. This jerk is over due for another mug shot.

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