Aqib Talib was one of the Denver Broncos’ highest profile free agent signings, and despite an erroneous report of his arrest, Talib has been getting ready for a new start in his career and working to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Talib was recently interviewed at Sports International’s Talib and Dobson Football Camp at Merrimack College on a variety of topics, including facing his former team.
In speaking to the Boston Herald, Talib talked about being excited to face one of the best in the league, former teammate Tom Brady.
“Definitely, man. It will be a lot of fun,” Talib said of the matchup. “(Tom Brady is) probably one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Anytime you get a chance to play against a guy like that, man, it’s always fun.”
Talib was called the best cornerback the Broncos faced last year by a number of really important people within the Broncos’ organization, not the least of which would be Peyton Manning and Adam Gase. The one player I haven’t really heard talk about Talib’s ability is the guy who really struggled with him the most, which appeared to be Demaryius Thomas.
In the AFC Championship game, Thomas was being put on lock down by Talib prior to the former Patriot getting injured on an infamous collision with Wes Welker. When Talib went out of the game, something clicked for Thomas who was able to then take the game over in a matter of speaking.
Prior to that, he could do almost nothing.
Talib’s physical style of play and ball hawking mentality should lead to the Broncos’ secondary making great strides this season. That’s not to say he didn’t come without some baggage or a past, but the Broncos feel it was behind him. They suffered a bit of a scare when it was reported that Talib was arrested in Dallas even though it was in fact his brother. Talib didn’t seem to flustered by it, per the article from the Boston Herald.
“No, definitely not,” Talib said when asked if he is usually mistaken for his brother or vice versa. “That doesn’t happen too much. But that’s some hard-working guys in Dallas. They were just doing their job and they made a mistake, an honest mistake, man. It happens sometimes, man.”