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Aqib Talib
No. 25     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: February 13, 1986 (1986-02-13) (age 23)
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Kansas
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Debuted in 2008 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2009
Tackles     74
Sacks     0.0
INTs     9
Stats at NFL.com

Aqib Talib (born February 13, 1986 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American football cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buccaneers 20th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was a unanimous All-American at the University of Kansas in 2007.[1]

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Early years

Talib 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. As a college football prospect during his senior year, he was rated 2 stars by Rivals.com. 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.[2]

College career

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2005 season

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 Rivals.com.

2006 season

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

Talib established himself as one of the best defensive college football players in the country as a junior, becoming a consensus 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. 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 Jan. 6, 2008 that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2008 NFL Draft.

Professional career

Pre-draft

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 4.47-second 40-yard dash and a 6.82-second 3 cone drill, bench pressing 225 pounds 10 times and notching a broad jump of 10 feet, 11 inches.[3]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Talib was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 20th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, 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)[4]

At the NFL rookie symposium in July, Talib was involved in a fist fight with fellow Buccaneers rookie Cory Boyd.[5]

2008 Season

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, Asante Samuel, and teammate Ronde Barber.

2009 Pre-Season Arrest by Florida Highway Patrol

Talib was arrested by Florida Highway Patrol and booked into Pinellas County jail on August 20, 2009, charged with resisting arrest without violence and simple battery.[6] Although he was sidelined from practice immediately following the event, the Buccaneers chose not to suspend Talib, instead deferring the matter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.[7] In the 4th week of the 2009 season Aqib recorded 3 interceptions against the Washington Redskins, the first three-interception game in his career.

Personal

His first name, Aqib, means "the last one" in the Arabic language. He was named so by his mother as he was the youngest of 4 children.

References

  1. ^ Corcoran, Tully (December 12, 2007). "Talib named All-American, Talib is KU's first undisputed All-America player since Sayers in 1964". Topeka Capital-Journal (Topeka, Kansas). http://www.cjonline.com/stories/121207/haw_224827193.shtml. Retrieved 2008-05-03. "With his Associated Press All-America selection on Tuesday, the junior cornerback became just the second Jayhawk ever to earn unanimous All-America honors — AP, Walter Camp, Football Writers Association of America, American Football Coaches Association and The Sporting News — joining Gale Sayers, who did it in 1964."  
  2. ^ "Aqib Talib". Rivals.com. http://nfldraft.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=24663&sport=1.  
  3. ^ Results - Defensive Backs
  4. ^ Wood, Ryan."Talib First First-round Jayhawks since 1993", Lawrence Journal-World, April 27, 2008.
  5. ^ ProFootballTalk.com - SYMPOSIUM SLUGGERS IDENTIFIED
  6. ^ Pinellas county Sheriffs officePCSO
  7. ^ "Buc arrested in cab assault". Edmonton Sun. 21 August 2009. http://www.edmontonsun.com/sports/football/2009/08/21/10542831-sun.html. Retrieved 14 September 2009.  

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