Aqib Talib Retires From NFL

Longtime NFL cornerback Aqib Talib is calling it a career. Talib announced his retirement on his talk show, where he’ll be turning his full attention.

Aqib Talib is officially retired, and I’m bringing my talents to the booth,” Talib said (Twitter link). “Football gave me so much in life. Once that negative thought crossed my mind, I was like, my heart, my competitive edge … like, I ain’t really in it like that no more… I just wasn’t feeling it no more, honestly.”

Talib, 34, appeared in five games with the Rams last year before suffering a rib injury. Then, just before the October trade deadline, he was shipped to the Dolphins. The deal was effectively a salary dump for Denver – Talib never suited up in Miami, and the Dolphins got a fifth-round pick out of the swap.

Still, there were opportunities for the hard-nosed veteran. Talib claims the Patriots offered him a one-year deal worth up to $6MM to help cover tight ends in specific packages. Ultimately, Talib turned it down, because the fire wasn’t there.

Talib entered the league as a first-round pick of the Buccaneers in 2008 and starred for them up until 2012, when he was shipped to the Patriots in a midseason trade. Talib captured his first Pro Bowl nod with the Pats in 2013 and later won a championship ring with the Broncos in Super Bowl 50. He leaves the game with 462 career tackles, 125 pass breakups and 35 interceptions across 148 games.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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    • MichaelJFoxownssteaknshake

      Looking at your username I wonder why you didn’t like him…

      • Appalachian_Outlaw

        I’m a Raider fan, and he played for the Broncos and Pats- but gee, couldn’t possibly be that I imagine, could it? It’s much easier for you to just assume things based on my username, I take it?

        Speaking of usernames, yours’ isn’t funny or clever.

  1. Senioreditor

    Nothing better than being offered 6 million and being able to say no thanks.

    • Oooof

      You have to figure “up to 6 million” is extremely unlikely to be 6 million with a guy like him. He’s been injured a lot already and he’s 34. It’s not just a question of whether the money is worth it when he’s already made tens of millions. There’s also the risk of putting in a lot of hard work to get in game shape, then suffering an injury that incurs more pain and gets him cut before he can make a large fraction of that.

    • ahale224

      HoVG. Played with an edge and I loved his game. I actually think he would have had a better chance at the hall if he had played 25-30 years earlier when he could have been even more physical with receivers.

      • JJB0811

        HoF’er for smack talking though! He could get in WR’s heads. All in all, a great career.

    • daman2032

      personally I think he belongs in HOF. he was a top 5 CB for like 8 years till injury bug caught him.

  2. Arnold Ziffel

    One of my favorites when he was with Denver. He will do well in the media.

  3. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    …on his talk show? Do you mean podcast?

    Talk show implies that someone hired him and produces a show that is aired on some professional medium.

    It would be wild if Aqib Talib became the next Rachel Ray or Ellen DeGeneres, though.

  4. wagner13

    Referring to yourself in the third person? Wagner13 doesn’t approve of that…

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