Aqib Talib: biography
Aqib Talib is a talented American football player. At present, he plays as a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. Before that, he performed for several teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos, and the Los Angeles Rams.
Childhood and youth
The sportsman was born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. His father and his mother are Muslims. He has four siblings. When he studied at school, his parents separated, and his mother took Aqib and his brother, and together, they changed their place of residence and moved to live in Richardson, Texas.
Aqib had sports idols in his childhood: they were players Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders.
He got an education at Berkner High School. During his school years, he was engaged in football, and basketball. Especially his skills in football was noted by the experienced sportsmen. The young player was called one of the most prominent and skillful athletes in school.
College football career
When the young player studied at the University, he performed for the Kansas Jayhawks. He got many awards for his achievements as a football player during that time. Aqib performed as a wide receiver and demonstrated a high level of playing in a game against rival Kansas State. At the beginning of the year 2008, the sportsman declared about entering the 2008 NFL Draft.
Professional football career
Aqib was an excellent player among the top sportsmen. In 2008, the sportsman got an invitation to the NFL Combine. In summer 2008, he had a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One of the highlights of that season was a game when the team defeated the Carolina Panthers.
In 2009, the team was given another coach: Raheem Morris came to train the team. In December, Aqib was praised in the win at the Seattle Seahawks. The gifted athlete finished the year with high scores.
In 2010, Raheem Morris, the head coach of the team, decided to keep Aqib as a starting cornerback. In December, the player was missed several games because he suffered a hip injury.
The team met a new coach: Greg Schiano, who placed Aqib and a new player, former free agent Eric Wright on the starting cornerbacks position. In October, 2012, it turned out, that the sportsman took Adderall, the substance that is forbidden in league's policy. The player was suspended by the NFL for several games.
In November, 2012, the player was traded to the New England Patriots. Aqib began the season as a starting cornerback. After the athlete made his debut in a match against the Indianapolis Colts, soon, he again suffered a hip injury.
In March, 2013, Aqib signed a one-year contract with the Patriots. His performance in a victory against the New York Jets was good enough, and he was selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl.
In March, 2014, the sportsman had a contract with the Denver Broncos. The sum of the salary was really enormous, and the deal got heavy critics from the media. Many analysts had an opinion that the Broncos were going to pay too much for Talib. The player performed in his famous Broncos jersey #21 in a victory at the New York Jets. He also contributed to a win at the San Diego Chargers.
In March, 2018, the Broncos decided to trade the player to the Los Angeles Rams. Aqib entered the 2018 season as a starting cornerback alongside fellow trade acquisition Marcus Peters. Both sportsmen are great players: they were only compared to Amari Cooper, a football wide receiver from the Dallas Cowboys. In Week 3, Aqib had an ankle injury that required surgery. He was placed on injured reserve. Talib helped the Rams win over the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints.
The sportsman started the 2019 season as a starting cornerback for the Rams. He was again placed on injured reserve with a rib injury. In October, 2019, Talib was traded to the Miami Dolphins for a 2022 seventh-round pick. Some people suggest that the player should retire. Whether Talib actually plays for the Dolphins remains unclear. He is currently on injured reserve.
The athlete is a married man. The couple has been together since 2016. Talib and his wife, Gypsy Benitez, have two children: a son named Jabril and a daughter named Kiara.
The sportsman has a Twitter account with over 69,000 followers.
The net worth of the player amounts to $20 million. He gets his career earnings mostly from being a successful football player.
Since his NFL career started, the player has had several conduct-related issues. In 2008, he was involved in a fistfight with fellow Buccaneers rookie Cory Boyd.
Two times Talib had some problems with the law. In August, 2009, the sportsman was arrested after he battered a taxi driver.
In March 2011, Talib was accused of firing a gun at his sister's boyfriend. He was given a felony warrant but was later released on a $25,000 bond. The sportsman was indicted on the charge in May 2011, and only in summer 2012, the charges were dropped.
- Super Bowl champion (50)
- 5× Pro Bowl (2013–2017)
- First-team All-Pro (2016)
- Second-team All-Pro (2013)
- Unanimous All-American (2007)
- 2× First-team All-Big 12 (2006, 2007)