|Half of Patriots team helps former teammate Aqib Talib celebrate wedding||03.28.16 at 1:13 pm ET|
Just because they aren’t teammates anymore doesn’t mean Aqib Talib and the Patriots players aren’t still close.
And while it wasn’t exactly half of the Patriots team, a number of current and past Patriots players attended Talib’s wedding over the weekend including Devin McCourty, Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, Duron Harmon and LeGarrette Blount.
See some of the Instagram posts for proof:
|Aqib Talib: Peyton Manning is the GOAT||02.16.16 at 8:16 pm ET|
Prior to going on the NFL Network Tuesday night, Talib did a “Fill in the blank” segment on the NFL Network Twitter hitting on a few things.
When asked about Manning, Talib responded: “The GOAT — the greatest of all-time. Super Bowl 50 champ.”
Talib was asked about Brady as well, but it didn’t come as close to what he said about Manning.
“A four-time Super Bowl winner,” Talib said of Brady. “Great teammate. Great guy. Great person.”
No Fly Zone is…
Greatest DB of all time is…
Aqib Talib is…
Aqib fills in the blanks!https://t.co/AEJXP5uJZu
‘ NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 16, 2016
|NFL reportedly considering suspending Aqib Talib for vicious facemask penalty in Super Bowl 50||02.09.16 at 11:13 am ET|
Talib will most be remembered for his blatant facemask penalty on Carolina wide receiver Corey Brown at the 5-yard line in the second quarter. It only resulted in a 2.5-yard penalty since it was half the distance to the goal, but after the game Talib admitted he did it on purpose.
“It was B.S. flags,” Talib told reporters after the game. “One was on our sidelines [for taunting] – the guy [Brown] was talking on our sideline. One I just did on purpose, and I just had to show him. It’s probably going to be a fine. But, hey, we’re world champs.”
With Talib admitting he committed the penalty on purpose, according to Pro Football Talk, the NFL is considering suspending the former Patriots cornerback. The report says the league will look back at Talib’s history and also his penalty being a major safety issue.
For video of the play, check out the GIF below:
Love or hate Talib, you have to acknowledge this was a pretty dirty play pic.twitter.com/Kw9E1nvdy8
‘ Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) February 8, 2016
|Broncos players call out Cam Newton following Super Bowl 50: ‘He didn’t want it’||02.08.16 at 9:39 am ET|
Newton struggled in the Panthers’ 24-10 loss to the Broncos where he went just 18-for-41 with 265 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. He also fumbled twice, including late in the fourth quarter, which all but sealed the win for Carolina.
On the play Newton had a chance to jump on the loose ball, but he instead stood there and watched.
“That’s the way he is. Playing for himself,” Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan said to MMQB.com.
Cornerback Aqib Talib added: “He didn’t want it.”
Talib also took another shot later at Newton in another interview saying, “There ain’t no Easter Bunny, there ain’t no Santa Claus, there ain’t no Superman.”
The former Patriots cornerback didn’t stop there.
“Cam’s probably crying right now,” Talib said, via TSN.com.
Newton was sacked six times in the loss as the Broncos defense was the story of the game, including Von Miller being named the game’s MVP.
|Aqib Talib slips when jumping onto NFL Network stage following Broncos Super Bowl win||at 12:24 am ET|
Denver cornerback Aqib Talib won his first Super Bowl as the Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 and the usual animated Talib was especially fired up after the win — maybe even too fired up.
The former Patriots cornerback joined the NFL Network’s postgame show, which took place on a stage on the sideline of the field and Talib tried to jump on to the stage, but it didn’t go as planned as he slipped and fell down.
Fortunately for Talib he was OK and the interview went on.
To see Talib’s fall, see the GIF below.
That wasn’t what Aqib Talib had in mind pic.twitter.com/4gIvFMNAKL
‘ Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) February 8, 2016
|Aqib Talib insists playing for Bill Belichick isn’t like ‘a military school’||02.04.16 at 6:29 pm ET|
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — This has been a week for Aqib Talib to soak it all in.
The veteran corner, who turns 30 on Feb. 13, is taking in all the vibes from his first Super Bowl experience.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Talib said. “You have to have the fun, lock in and work and then you have fun, lock in and work. You just have to balance it. We’re all enjoying it.”
He’s been enjoying himself on and off the field, as his three interceptions in practice on Wednesday would suggest.
“They have cameras at practice? [laughter],” Talib said with a big grin. “I did. I was able to make some plays on the ball. We had a good look from our offense from our scout team offense. I was able to make some plays on the ball.”
Earlier in the week, Talib gave props to Bill Belichick in New England for helping him understand and appreciate the professional approach of a winner in the NFL. But, on Thursday, the final day of player availability before the Super Bowl, he made it clear Belichick let his team have its share of fun on the field.
“It’s a lot similar,” Talib said comparing Belichick to Broncos coach Gary Kubiak. “It’s a lot similar, you’d be surprised. People think New England is like a military school and boy school and don’t talk. It’s not like that ‘ they have fun over there as well, it’s just a tight knit group. Bill just doesn’t mess with you all. He just doesn’t mess with the media.”
Talib let everyone in on another secret on Thursday. Belichick nearly gave him a chance to help Tom Brady.
“Actually, when I first got to New England, I think my first practice maybe, Bill kept me after practice for like 20 minutes and Tom threw me like ten routes: stop routes, fades, a couple slants the first day I got there,” Belichick said of that day in 2012. “I guess I didn’t look good enough because he never did it again,” Talib laughed. “I feel like I caught all of my passes though. I was working hard out there but I still want to know what happened with that, Bill. He definitely kept me after practice though and Tom threw me about a good 10 routes.”
The Patriots weren’t the first team to try Talib out on offense.
“In Tampa, I was this close, I was young too. I was young and flying around. I was this close to getting an offensive package. I came to work late on a Monday. Raheem Morris called me up to his office and said, ‘I had a 15-play script for you on offense,’ and ripped it up (laughter). That’s Raheem Morris, he’s my dog. He was going to give me an opportunity.”
Why all the attention to offense for a guy that’s made his name as one of the best corners in the game?
“Because I used to play offense. I used to love playing offense,” Talib said. “I played offense in high school, in college, and I don’t get to play it in the league. So when I get the ball I have to score my touchdowns like I’m on offense. I just like offensive guys, they don’t practice tackling like that. It would be wrong to let those guys tackle me when I get the ball. That’s kind of how I go about it.”
|Aqib Talib grateful for Bill Belichick||02.01.16 at 9:03 am ET|
Now that the star cornerback is finally on football’s biggest stage, he is taking time to thank his former football coach.
In a story told by ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Talib sounds like a veteran who has finally found his rightful place as a leader of one of the best secondaries in football. Talib has stepped up and reminded the likes of Chris Harris Jr., Bradley Roby and T.J. Ward why it’s important to prepare the right way during the week and play the right way on Sundays.
Talib learned his most valuable lessons on leadership after being traded to New England in Oct. 2012. With the Patriots, Talib spent time with Belichick, who in turn demanded discipline if Talib was going to turn his career around with a perennial winner.
“One thing I have to say about that establishment over there: They’re very professional,” Talib said. “You go there for one season and your professionalism will go up a plus-2. If you’re at seven, you’ll be a nine.
“That definitely helped my professionalism as far as preparation for the game, how to handle the media, my behavior on the field — everything. I really learned how to be a professional over there. I went there a seven and came out a nine. I’m working on being a 10.”
The Belichick influence has been with Talib for the most part but there have been lapses, like this season when he was suspended for a game for poking Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in the eye and docked nearly $355,000 of salary.
Talib reached the AFC championship in his two seasons with the Patriots but could never get over the hurdle and reach the Super Bowl. Ironically, it was just after signing a six-year, $57 million contract with Denver, the team the Patriots lost to in Jan. 2014, that the Patriots went out and signed Darrelle Revis. It was Revis, not Talib, who reached the Super Bowl and won his first ring.
Now 29, Talib has finally made it, after his Broncos beat the Patriots in the AFC championship on Jan. 24. Will Talib follow Revis and finally earn a ring?
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