Aqib Talib

Aqib Talib (born February 13, 1986) is an American football cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Kansas, where he received unanimous All-American honors. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Talib has also played for the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos, winning Super Bowl 50 with Denver.

Aqib Talib
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Talib in 2017
No. 21 – Los Angeles Rams
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born:February 13, 1986 (age 33)
Cleveland, Ohio
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Berkner (Richardson, Texas)
College:Kansas
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:453
Pass deflections:123
Interceptions:35
Forced fumbles:5
Fumble recoveries:4
Defensive touchdowns:10
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Aqib Talib was born in Cleveland, Ohio to parents Theodore Henry and Okolo Talib in a Muslim household. Talib is the youngest of four siblings; he has two older sisters, Saran and Kai, and an older brother, Yaqub.[1] As the youngest of four children, he was named Aqib which means "the last one" in Arabic. His last name, Talib, means "student." Aqib's parents divorced when he was young, and he spent much of his childhood between Ohio and New Jersey. When Talib was in the eighth grade, his mother moved to Richardson, Texas with him and his older brother.[1]

High school career

Talib attended Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas, and lettered in football, basketball, and track for the Rams athletic teams. 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. In track & field, he was a member of the 4 × 100m (43.05) and 4 × 200m (1:32.77) relay squads.

As a college football prospect during his senior year, Talib was rated as a two-star recruit 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

Talib attended the University of Kansas, where he played for the Kansas Jayhawks football team from 2005 to 2007.

2007 season

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Talib in 2007 with Kansas

Talib established himself as one of the best defensive college football players in the country as a junior, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team 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 also returned an interception 102 yards for a touchdown against Florida International. After the 2007 season, Talib was a unanimous All-American selection.[3]

In the 2008 Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech, Talib returned an interception for a touchdown thrown by Tyrod Taylor and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. He announced on January 6, 2008 that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2008 NFL Draft.[4]

Talib was added to the Kansas Ring of Honor in 2017 along with his Orange Bowl Championship teammate Anthony Collins.[5]

Professional career

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.[6]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 34 in
(1.85 m)
202 lb
(92 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
9 38 in
(0.24 m)
4.44 s 1.51 s 2.56 s 4.22 s 6.82 s 38 in
(0.97 m)
10 ft 11 in
(3.33 m)
10 reps
All values are from NFL Combine[7][8]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Talib in the first round (20th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He was the third cornerback selected, behind Leodis McKelvin and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.[9] He became the first Kansas player to be drafted in the first round since 1993 when Dana Stubblefield was drafted 26th overall by the San Francisco 49ers. Talib also became the second cornerback ever taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round since they selected Rod Jones in the 1986 NFL Draft.[10]

2008

On July 25, 2008, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Talib to a four-year, $14 million contract that includes a $8 million guaranteed.[11]

While attending the NFL's rookie symposium, Talib got into a fight with fellow rookie and teammate Cory Boyd. He also overslept and missed a flight to Canton, Ohio for a mandatory rookie function at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Talib also missed team meetings during organized team activities and training camp his rookie season.[11] Throughout training camp, Talib competed for a job as one of the starting cornerbacks against Phillip Buchanon. Head coach Jon Gruden named Talib the third cornerback on the depth chart behind veteran Ronde Barber and Phillip Buchanon to begin the regular season.[12]

He made his professional regular season debut in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' season-opener at the New Orleans Saints and made one solo tackle in their 24–20 loss. In Week 2, Talib made his first career interception off a pass attempt by Atlanta Falcons' rookie quarterback Matt Ryan as Tampa Bay defeated them 24–9. The following game, Talib was inactive for Tampa Bay's 27–24 victory at the Chicago Bears. On October 12, 2008, he recorded a season-high three combined tackles, deflected two passes, and intercepted Jake Delhomme in a 27–3 win over the Carolina Panthers. On November 2, 2008, Talib made his first career start during the Buccaneers' 30–27 victory at the Kansas City Chiefs. He finished his rookie season in 2008 with 23 combined tackles (17 solo), nine pass deflections, and four interceptions in 15 games and two starts.[13] Head coach Jon Gruden was fired after the Buccaneers finished third in the NFC South with a 9-7 record.

2009

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers promoted defensive backs coach Raheem Morris to head coach.[14] He named Talib the starting cornerback, alongside Ronde Barber, after Buchanon departed for the Detroit Lions in free agency.[15]

On October 4, 2009, Talib recorded four solo tackles, three pass deflections, and had a career-high three interceptions off of Washington Redskins' quarterback Jason Campbell during their 16-13 loss.[16] Talib was inactive for the Buccaneers' Week 13 loss at the Carolina Panthers. On December 20, 2009, he collected a season-high eight combined tackles in their 24–7 win at the Seattle Seahawks. He finished the 2009 season with a career-high 64 combined tackles (56 solo), 15 passes defensed, and five interceptions in 15 games and 15 starts.[17] Defensive coordinator Jim Bates was fired after a 1-9 start and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the season with a 3-13 record.

2010

Head coach Raheem Morris retained defensive coordinator duties and opted to keep Ronde Barber and Aqib Talib as the starting cornerbacks. On August 31, 2010, it was reported that the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued Talib a one-game suspension, to serve during the Buccaneers' season-opener, for his involvement in a battery of a taxi driver (See Personal life).[18]

He made his season debut in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers and recorded a tackle, a pass deflection, and an interception during their 20–7 victory. On October 31, 2010, Talib recorded five solo tackles, two interceptions, and scored his first career touchdown in Tampa Bay's 38–35 victory at the Arizona Cardinals. He intercepted quarterback Max Hall in the second quarter and returned it 45-yards for his first career touchdown, but also was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting during his return.[19] In Week 10, he recorded a season-high eight combined tackles and deflected a pass during a 31–16 victory against the Carolina Panthers. On December 6, 2010, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed Talib on injured reserve due to a hip injury he suffered during a Week 13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.[20] He finished the 2010 season with 40 combined tackles (39 solo), 11 pass deflections, a touchdown, and a career-high six interceptions in 11 games and 11 starts.[21]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished with a 10-6 record in 2010, but did not qualify for the playoffs after finishing third in their division. After the 2010 season, Talib was named Defensive Back of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association.[22][23]

2011

Talib and Barber remained as the starting cornerback duo in 2011. He started the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' season-opener against the Detroit Lions and recorded three solo tackles, two pass deflections, and returned an interception by Matthew Stafford for a 28-yard touchdown during their 27–20 loss to the Lions. In Week 3, Talib made a season-high six solo tackles in a 16–13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. On November 27, 2011, Talib recorded three combined tackles, deflected a pass, and scored his third career touchdown after intercepting Matt Hasselbeck and returning it 28-yards during the Buccaneers' 23–17 loss at the Tennessee Titans.[24] He was sidelined for a Week 11 loss at the Jacksonville Jaguars due to a hamstring injury. On December 19, 2011, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed Talib on injured reserve after due to a recurring hamstring injury.[25][26] He finished the season with 34 combined tackles (31 solo), 11 pass deflections, two interceptions, two touchdowns, and a forced fumble in 13 games and 13 starts.[27]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the 2011 season last in the NFC South with a 4-12 record and had a ten-game losing streak to end the season. On January 2, 2012, head coach Raheem Morris was fired by the Buccaneers after his third season.[28]

2012

New head coach Greg Schiano named Talib and newly acquired free agent Eric Wright the starting cornerbacks to begin the regular season after Ronde Barber was moved to free safety.

On September 15, 2012, Talib recorded a season-high eight solo tackles during a 41-34 loss at the New York Giants. The following week, he made seven solo tackles, deflected a pass, and intercepted Tony Romo in their 16-10 loss at the Dallas Cowboys.

On October 13, 2012, Talib was suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Talib's positive result was for Adderall and he released a statement saying, "Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription."[29]

New England Patriots

On November 1, 2012, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded Talib and a 2013 seventh-round draft pick to the New England Patriots for a 2013 fourth-round draft pick.[30] The Buccaneers went on to draft defensive end William Gholston with their fourth-round pick and the Patriots selected defensive end Michael Buchanan with their seventh-round pick.

2012

On November 12, 2012, Talib returned from his four-game suspension. Head coach Bill Belichick named Talib one of the starting cornerbacks with Kyle Arrington after moving Devin McCourty to free safety. On November 18, 2012, Talib made his New England Patriots debut against the Indianapolis Colts and recorded seven combined tackles, defended a pass, and returned an interception from rookie quarterback Andrew Luck for a 59-yard touchdown as the Patriots routed the Colts 59-24. Talib was plagued with a hip injury throughout the season and missed the Patriots' Week 17 28-0 win vs the Miami Dolphins.[31] He finished the 2012 season with 40 combined tackles (33 solo), ten pass deflections, two interceptions, and a touchdown in ten games and nine starts.[32]

The New England Patriots finished atop the AFC East with a 12-4 record and were given a first round bye. On January 13. 2013, Talib started his first career playoff game and recorded ten combined tackles as the Patriots defeated the Houston Texans 41-28. The following week, they were defeated 28-13 in the AFC Championship by the eventual Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens.

2013

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Talib with the Patriots in the 2013 postseason

On March 16, 2013, the Patriots signed Talib to a one-year, $4.86 million contract that includes $4.57 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $3 million.[33][34]

He was named one of the starting cornerbacks, alongside Alfonzo Dennard to begin the regular season.[35] On September 12, 2013, Talib recorded two combined tackles, two pass deflections, and two interceptions during a 13-10 win against the New York Jets. He missed three consecutive games (Weeks 7-9) after aggravating his hip injury that plagued him over the last two seasons.[36] He finished the 2013 with 41 combined tackles (35 solo), 14 pass deflections, and four interceptions in 13 games and 13 starts.[37] Talib was targeted 65 times and allowed 29 receptions (44%) for 471 yards and two touchdowns in 2013.[38]

The Patriots repeated as AFC East champions and received a first-round bye with a 12-4 record. After defeating the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional round, they went on to face the Denver Broncos, only to lose the game 26-16. Talib left in the second quarter after taking a hit by former teammate Wes Welker and did not return. Although it was suspected he suffered an injury to his ribs at first, it was later discovered Talib suffered a knee injury.[39] Head coach Bill Belichick stated "As it turned out, it was a key play in the game." Without Talib, Kyle Arrington and rookie Logan Ryan were tasked with covering Demaryius Thomas as the Patriots' defense gave up 505 yards, the most during the Belichick's tenure with New England at the time.[40] Talib's 2013 performance was good enough for a selection to the 2013 Pro Bowl and a second-team selection to the 2013 All-Pro Team, both of which were his first career selections.

Denver Broncos

On March 11, 2014, the Denver Broncos signed Talib to a six-year, $57 million contract that included $26 million guaranteed. He was reunited with his former college teammate Chris Harris Jr. and former Patriots teammate Wes Welker.[41] The contract was heavily criticized by members of the media and analysts, stating the Broncos overpaid for Talib.[42][43] The New England Patriots also offered Talib a contract, but he stated it was a business decision and both parties couldn't agree on the amount of guaranteed money and time of payouts. He signed with the Broncos on the first day of free agency and stated he knew beforehand that he would end up signing with them. The joining of the Broncos would bring in a major piece of the No Fly Zone.

2014

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Talib with the Denver Broncos in 2014

Talib was named the starting cornerback, along with Chris Harris Jr, replacing Champ Bailey and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Head coach John Fox revamped the secondary by signing Talib, safety T. J. Ward, and drafting cornerback Bradley Roby in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.[44]

On October 12, 2014, Talib recorded four solo tackles, two pass deflections, and returned an interception by Geno Smith for a 22-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of their 31-17 victory at the New York Jets.[45] Talib missed the Broncos' Week 13 victory at the Kansas City Chiefs with a hamstring injury.[46] In Week 15, he made a season-high eight combined tackles, deflected three passes, and had an interception in the Broncos' 22-10 win at the San Diego Chargers. The following week, Talib made four combined tackles, tied his season-high of three pass deflections, and returned an interception off Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback Andy Dalton for a 33-yard touchdown in a 37-28 loss. On December 23, 2014, Talib was voted to his second career Pro Bowl, along with eight teammates.[47] In Week 17, Talib recorded four combined tackles and made his first career sack on Derek Carr as the Broncos routed the Oakland Raiders 47-14. He finished his first season in Denver with a career-high tying 64 combined tackles (55 solo), a career-high 16 pass deflections, four interceptions, and two touchdowns in 15 games and 15 starts.[48]

The Denver Broncos finished first in the AFC West with a 12-4 record, but were eliminated from the playoffs after losing 24-13 in the AFC divisional round to the Indianapolis Colts. Talib made four solo tackles and a pass deflection during the game. On January 25, 2015, Talib appeared in the 2015 Pro Bowl as part of Team Carter and recorded four solo tackles and a pass deflection as they were defeated by Team Irvin 32-28.[48]

2015

Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak was named the new head coach after the Denver Broncos and head coach John Fox agreed to part ways. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips chose to keep Talib and Chris Harris Jr. as the starting cornerbacks with Bradley Roby as the nickelback.[49]

He started the Denver Broncos' season-opener against the Baltimore Ravens' and recorded three combined tackles, two pass deflections, and intercepted quarterback Joe Flacco and returned it for a 51-yard touchdown in their 19-13 victory. On November 8, 2015, Talib poked the eye of Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen late in the fourth quarter of the Broncos' 27–24 loss. The Broncos were given a 15-yard penalty with the Colts receiving a first down and ended any chance of a comeback by the Broncos. Talib was later suspended for the Broncos' Week 10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.[50] He finished the season with 45 combined tackles (39 solo), 13 pass deflections, two interceptions, and a touchdown in 15 games and 15 starts.[51]

The Denver Broncos finished with a 12-4 record and received a first round bye and defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-16 in the AFC Divisional round. On January 24, 2016, Talib tipped a two-point conversion pass by Tom Brady which the Broncos intercepted in the end zone, preserving a 20–18 fourth quarter lead as they defeated the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship.[52]

On February 7, 2016, Talib appeared in his first career Super Bowl and recorded five solo tackles and deflected two passes during their 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. In the first half, he was penalized 15-yards for viciously grabbing the face mask of wide receiver Corey Brown to prevent him from scoring a touchdown. Later, Talib admitted to reporters that he committed the face-mask penalty on purpose.[53][54] Talib was fined $26,044 for the intentional face-mask on Brown and taunting the opponent.[55] Talib was ranked 34th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[56]

2016

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Talib with the Denver Broncos in 2016

Talib had 12 pass deflections and three interceptions in 2016, including one returned 46 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts. It was his franchise-record fifth interception return touchdown as a member of the Broncos. Despite missing three games due to injury, on December 20, Talib was named to the 2016 Pro Bowl and was named First-team All-Pro along with fellow Bronco cornerback Chris Harris Jr.[57][58] He was also ranked 37th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[59] Pro Football Focus ranked Talib the top defensive back in 2016.[60]

2017

On September 17, 2017, in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys, Talib recorded a career-long 103-yard pick six off quarterback Dak Prescott late in the fourth quarter of the 42–17 victory.[61] During Week 12 against the Oakland Raiders, Talib got into a fight with Michael Crabtree, resulting in both players being ejected.[62][63] The next day, both combatants were suspended for two games.[64] However, the suspension was reduced to one game following a joint appeal.[65] On December 19, 2017, Talib was named to his fifth straight Pro Bowl.[66] Talib finished the 2017 season with 31 combined tackles (23 solo), seven pass deflections, an interception, and a touchdown in 15 games and 15 starts. He was ranked 53rd by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[67]

Los Angeles Rams

On March 8, 2018, the Broncos agreed to a trade that sent Talib to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.[68] The deal became official on March 14, 2018, at the start of the NFL year.[69]

Talib entered the 2018 season as a starting cornerback alongside fellow trade acquisition Marcus Peters. In Week 3, Talib suffered an ankle injury that required surgery. He was placed on injured reserve on September 26, 2018.[70] He was activated off injured reserve on November 30, 2018.[71] Talib returned in week 13 where the Rams defeated the Detroit Lions 30-16. In week 15, Talib recorded his first interception on the season in a 30-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He finished the season with 23 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble. Talib helped the Rams defeat the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints in the playoffs to reach Super Bowl LIII where the Rams lost 13-3 to Talib's former team the New England Patriots. Talib recorded 4 tackles in the game.

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sack FF FR Yds INT Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2008 TB 15 2 20 14 6 0.0 0 0 0 4 32 8.0 19 0 9
2009 TB 15 15 64 56 8 0.0 0 1 −5 5 99 19.8 32 0 15
2010 TB 11 11 39 38 1 0.0 0 0 0 6 91 15.2 45 1 11
2011 TB 13 13 35 31 4 0.0 1 0 0 2 55 27.5 28 2 11
2012 TB 4 4 21 20 1 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 8
NE 6 5 19 13 6 0.0 0 1 0 1 59 59.0 59 1 2
2013 NE 13 13 46 38 8 0.0 1 1 0 4 12 3.0 14 0 14
2014 DEN 15 15 67 58 9 1.0 1 0 0 4 62 15.5 33 2 17
2015 DEN 15 15 45 39 6 0.0 0 0 0 3 123 41.0 63 2 13
2016 DEN 13 13 43 32 11 0.0 0 0 0 3 86 28.7 46 1 12
2017 DEN 15 15 31 23 8 0.0 1 0 0 1 103 103.0 103 1 7
2018 LAR 8 8 23 18 5 0.0 1 1 47 1 30 30.0 30 0 5
Career 143 129 453 380 73 1.0 5 4 42 35 752 21.5 103 10 123

[72]

Buccaneers franchise records

Personal life

On March 26, 2016, Talib married his girlfriend of over seven years, Gypsy Benitez, in a ceremony outside of Dallas, Texas. Teammates from the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots attended, although the Broncos defeated the Patriots in the AFC Championship less than three months prior.[73][74] The couple have two children together. His son is named Jabril and is the youngest, and his daughter is named Kiara, the oldest from a previous relationship in college.[75]

Talib has had several conduct related issues since his NFL career started. At the NFL rookie symposium in July 2008, Talib was involved in a fistfight with fellow Buccaneers rookie Cory Boyd.[76] In the early morning of June 5, 2016, Talib was shot in the leg outside a Dallas strip club. He was released from the hospital the same day. [77] It was later revealed that Talib falsified the report, having actually shot himself in the leg and lied to police. [78]

Talib cites Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders as his favorite players as a child.[79]

Legal issues

On August 20, 2009, Talib allegedly battered a taxi driver and he was arrested by Florida Highway Patrol and booked into the Pinellas County jail, charged with resisting arrest without violence and simple battery.[80][81]

In March 2011, police in Garland, Texas issued a felony warrant for Talib for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he was accused of firing a gun at his sister's boyfriend.[82] He was later released on $25,000 bond. Talib was indicted on the charge in May 2011.[83] On June 18, 2012, the charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence and character concerns with the accuser.[84]

See also

No Fly Zone

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2007 Kansas Jayhawks football team

The 2007 Kansas Jayhawks football team (variously "Kansas", "KU", or the "Jayhawks") represented the University of Kansas in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Looking to improve on the previous season's 6–6 overall record (3–5 in the Big 12 Conference), the team finished the 2007 season with a 12–1 overall record (7–1 in their conference). The twelve victories set a new school record. Additionally, the Jayhawks won their first eleven games before their first loss which was the most consecutive wins to start a season in school history. Additionally, the Jayhawks reached a ranking of 2 during their 11-0 start, the highest rank achieved by the team in school history. Their defeat of the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Orange Bowl was the school's first and only Orange Bowl and BCS bowl game victory. Their only loss was versus a Northern Division rival, the Missouri Tigers, in their final regular season game which resulted in a co-championship of the Northern Division, but denied them a trip to the Big 12 Championship Game. For their achievements the team was awarded the Stanley Tools Breakthrough of the Year Award. The Jayhawks were ranked 7th in the final AP poll and received a 1st place vote.

Mark Mangino, in his sixth season as the team's head coach, received several coaching awards. The team's new offensive coordinator was Ed Warinner (3rd year overall), and their defensive coordinators were Bill Young (6th year) and Clint Bowen (7th year). The team captains were senior running back Brandon McAnderson, senior tight end Derek Fine, senior defensive lineman James McClinton, and junior cornerback Aqib Talib. The starting quarterback position was held by sophomore Todd Reesing with sophomore Kerry Meier as a backup and wide receiver.

They played their home games on Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.

2008 Orange Bowl

The 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Kansas Jayhawks on January 3, 2008, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Spread bettors favored Virginia Tech by three points, but in a game dominated by defensive and special teams play, Kansas defeated Virginia Tech 24–21. The game was part of the 2007–2008 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) of the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season and was the concluding game of the season for both teams. This 74th edition of the Orange Bowl was televised in the United States on FOX and was watched by more than eight million viewers.

The game between the fifth-ranked ACC champion Virginia Tech Hokies and the eighth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks from the Big 12 Conference (Big 12) was played at neutral-site Dolphins Stadium. Tech served as the home team in the contest. Virginia Tech automatically qualified for the Orange Bowl by virtue of the ACC's tie-in with the bowl, while Orange Bowl selected Kansas over West Virginia, which had been upset by then 4–7 Pittsburgh, and conference rival Missouri. Two weeks after Kansas's selection, controversy erupted when a deal was revealed to put 4th-ranked Oklahoma against Virginia Tech. The deal was vetoed by BCS commissioners, and the selection of Kansas was upheld.

The game marked the first time the Jayhawks had been to the Orange Bowl since the 1969 Orange Bowl and was their first bowl game since the 2005 Fort Worth Bowl, when they defeated Houston 41–13. Virginia Tech last played in the Orange Bowl game in December 1996, losing to Nebraska 21–41. The 2008 Orange Bowl was Virginia Tech's 15th consecutive season with a bowl game, a streak dating to the 1993 Independence Bowl.

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing completed 20 of his 37 passes for 227 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. On the opposite side of the ball, Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon finished the game 13 for 28 passing, earning 160 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib, whose 60-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Kansas its first lead of the game, won the game's Most Valuable Player award. After the game, Talib was one of several players from both teams to announce an intention to enter the 2008 NFL Draft.

2013 All-Pro Team

The 2013 All-Pro Teams were named by the Associated Press (AP) the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), and the Sporting News (SN) for performance in the 2013 NFL season. While none of the All-Pro teams have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2014 Pro Bowl), they are included in the NFL Record and Fact Book. Any player selected to any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro". The AP team, with first-team and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of fifty NFL writers. The Sporting News All-NFL team is voted on by NFL players and executives and was released January 28, 2014. The PFWA team is selected by its more than 300 national members who are accredited media members covering the NFL.

2014 Denver Broncos season

The 2014 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 45th season in the National Football League and the 55th overall. It also marked the third season with Peyton Manning as the team's starting quarterback as well as the fourth and final season under head coach John Fox.

The Broncos entered the 2014 season as the defending AFC champions, hoping to compete for another Super Bowl run, following a 43–8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. The offseason was dominated by numerous roster changes, including the retirement of longtime cornerback Champ Bailey. One day before the start of the team's training camp, the Broncos announced that owner Pat Bowlen relinquished control of the team due to his battle with Alzheimer's disease.Like the previous two seasons, the Broncos set numerous individual, league and franchise records, including Peyton Manning becoming the NFL's all-time leader in career touchdown passes and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas setting a new franchise record for receiving yards in a single season, despite the team's offensive philosophy changing toward a run-oriented offense in the second half of the season. Manning threw a total of 40 touchdown passes, but only four came in the last four games of the regular season and the playoffs. In addition, Manning achieved only one 300-yard passing game within the team's last seven games (including the playoffs), courtesy of the emergence of running back C. J. Anderson, who achieved 1,282 all-purpose yards, the majority of which came in the second half of the regular season and the playoffs. One day after the Broncos' 24–13 playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional round of the playoffs, media reports indicated that Manning had been playing with a strained quadriceps since a Week 15 game against the San Diego Chargers.The Broncos clinched their fourth consecutive AFC West division title, a first-round bye and the AFC's No. 2 seed, but lost in the Divisional round of the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.

2014 Pro Bowl

The 2014 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2013 season. It took place at 2:30 pm local time on January 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game was televised nationally by NBC and was the final Pro Bowl on network television before ABC’s airing in 2018 as part of a simulcast with sister network ESPN, whose parent company Disney currently holds domestic TV rights to the game.

Significant changes to the Pro Bowl format were adopted in an attempt to make the game more "fan-friendly". These changes were proposed by National Football League Players Association president Dominique Foxworth and developed in partnership between the league and the player's union.The most significant change was a switch to a "fantasy draft" format rather than pitting AFC all-stars against NFC all-stars. Hall of Fame players Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders were chosen as honorary team captains, and joined by two active players each to assist in their selections. Chuck Pagano of the AFC South winning Indianapolis Colts coached Team Sanders, while Ron Rivera of the NFC South winning Carolina Panthers coached Team Rice. These coaches were selected for coaching the highest seeded teams to lose in the Divisional round of the playoffs, which has been the convention since the 2010 Pro Bowl.

Team Rice won the game 22–21.

2015 Denver Broncos season

The 2015 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League and the 56th overall. It was also the fourth season with Peyton Manning as the team's starting quarterback, as well as the final season of Manning's 18-year NFL career.

After losing in the Divisional round of the playoffs during three of the previous four seasons, the Broncos underwent numerous coaching changes, including a mutual parting with head coach John Fox, and the hiring of Gary Kubiak as the new head coach. Under Kubiak and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, the Broncos planned to install a run-oriented West coast offense with zone blocking to blend in with Manning's shotgun passing style, but struggled with numerous changes and injuries to the offensive line.

Manning missed six games due to a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot and had his worst statistical season since his rookie year with the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. Backup quarterback Brock Osweiler filled in for Manning during the second half of the regular season, before Manning re-claimed the starting quarterback position prior to the team's postseason run. Under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, the Broncos' defense ranked No. 1 in total yards, passing yards, average yards per rush and sacks, and like the previous three seasons, the team continued to set numerous individual, league and franchise records. The team's defense is widely considered to be among the greatest of all time, particularly due to the fact that it had to carry a lackluster offense the entire season. The team's defensive backfield, arguably the most dominant part of the defense, gave itself the nickname "No Fly Zone."The Broncos clinched their fifth-consecutive AFC West division title, fourth consecutive first-round bye and the AFC's No. 1 playoff seed for the third time in four seasons. As was the case during the regular season, the Broncos' defense dominated their playoff opponents. During the Broncos three playoff games, they recorded 14 sacks, forced seven turnovers, surrendered only one touchdown pass and gave up just 44 combined points (an average of just 14.7 points a game). The Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 23–16 in the Divisional round and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots 20–18 in the AFC Championship Game. The Broncos then defeated the Carolina Panthers 24–10 in Super Bowl 50 — the franchise's third Super Bowl championship, and the first since winning back-to-back Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998.

2016 Denver Broncos season

The 2016 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League and the 57th overall. It was also the second season under head coach Gary Kubiak, as well as the final season of Kubiak's coaching career, as he retired at the end of the season due to health concerns.The Broncos entered the season as defending champions of Super Bowl 50, after undergoing numerous roster changes as well as an off-season and preseason that was dominated by a quarterback controversy, following the retirement of Peyton Manning. Following a 4–0 start, the team sputtered down the stretch, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2010, as well as having their franchise-record streak of five consecutive playoff appearances and five consecutive AFC West division titles snapped. In addition, the Broncos became the 12th consecutive team to fail to repeat as Super Bowl champions, as well as the first reigning champion to miss the playoffs since the 2013 Baltimore Ravens.

2017 Denver Broncos season

The 2017 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League and the 58th overall.

The Broncos underwent numerous coaching changes during the offseason, after Vance Joseph was hired as the team's new head coach. Joseph replaced Gary Kubiak, the team's head coach during the previous two seasons, who was forced to retire from coaching due to health concerns.

After a 3–1 start, the Broncos suffered through an 8-game losing streak — the team's longest since 1967. Poor offensive performances, along with a quarterback carousel, contributed to the losing skid. In terms of statistics, the Broncos' defense ranked in the top five in total yards, rushing yards and passing yards, but had the league's second-worst turnover differential (ahead of only the winless Cleveland Browns), surrendered the third-most sacks and ranked 27th in points per game. The Broncos also failed to score 20 or more points in 10 of their 16 games, and scored 30 or more only once.

The Broncos missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season, clinched a losing record for the first time since 2010 and suffered only their fourth losing season since John Elway's retirement after the 1998 season.

Alfonzo Dennard

Alfonzo "Fonzie" Dennard (born September 9, 1989) is an American football cornerback for the Baltimore Brigade of the Arena Football League (AFL). Dennard was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 7th round with the 224th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played in college for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Anthony Collins (American football)

Anthony Collins (born November 2, 1985) is a former American football tackle. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Kansas and was a member of the 2008 Orange Bowl championship team. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bradley Roby

Bradley Roby (born May 1, 1992) is an American football cornerback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.

Chris Harris Jr.

Christopher Harris Jr. (born June 18, 1989) is an American football cornerback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Kansas. He was signed by the Broncos as an undrafted free agent on July 27, 2011.

In his first season, Harris was named to the NFL All Rookie Team and achieved Breakout Player of the Year accolades. In 2015, Harris finished the season winning Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos over the Carolina Panthers, a season during which he was again selected as an All-Pro and chosen for the Pro Bowl. He is known for his off the field charitable activities, and in 2012, he started the Chris Harris Jr. Foundation to support children in need.

Chris Horton

Christopher D. Horton (born December 29, 1984) is a former American football safety that is currently the special teams coach for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at UCLA.

Dwayne Allen

Dwayne Lamont Allen (born February 24, 1990) is an American football tight end for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Clemson University, earned consensus All-American honors, and was recognized as the most outstanding college tight end in 2011. He was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. With the New England Patriots, he won Super Bowl LIII over the Los Angeles Rams.

Harry Douglas

Harry Douglas IV (born September 16, 1984) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Douglas played college football at Louisville.

Kansas Jayhawks football

The Kansas Jayhawks football program is the intercollegiate football program of the University of Kansas. The program is classified in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Bowl Subdivision (FBS), and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference. The head coach is Les Miles who became the coach following the 2018 season.

The program's first season was 1890, making it one of the earlier football programs established in the United States. The team's home field is David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, which opened in 1921 and is the seventh-oldest college football stadium in the nation. Until 2014, Memorial Stadium was one of the few football stadiums in Division I that had a track encircling the field. KU's all-time record was 585–640–58 as of the conclusion of the 2018 season. The program saw a re-emergence under head coach Mark Mangino who won 50 games in eight seasons. After Magino's departure the program quickly declined winning only 15 games in the eight seasons after he left the program.

While Kansas has yet to have a Heisman Trophy winner, they have had one Heisman finalist and 2 other players receive votes. John Hadl, Bobby Douglass, and David Jaynes all received votes, Jaynes being the only finalist. Other notable former Kansas players include Pro Football Hall of Famers Gale Sayers, John Riggins, and Mike McCormack, as well as All-Americans Nolan Cromwell, Dana Stubblefield, Aqib Talib, and Anthony Collins. Kansas has appeared in twelve bowl games, including three trips to the Orange Bowl (1948, 1969, and 2008). Kansas played in the first NCAA-contracted nationally televised regular season college football game on September 20, 1952, against TCU.

Along with Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Washington University in St. Louis, Kansas was a charter member of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1907, which evolved into the Big Eight Conference. The Big Eight was folded into the Big 12 in 1996, and Kansas is the only original member of the MVIAA that is still part of the Big 12.

Logan Ryan

Logan Daniel Ryan (born February 9, 1991) is an American football cornerback for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Rutgers.

No Fly Zone (Denver Broncos)

The No Fly Zone is the defensive backfield of the Denver Broncos during the 2015 and 2016 NFL seasons. The group gave themselves the nickname in 2015, when it led the Broncos to a victory in Super Bowl 50.

Talib (name)

Talib is an Arabic name, and may refer to:

Abu Talib (disambiguation)

Zuhayr Talib Abd al-Sattar al-Naqib

Ramli Ngah Talib

Ja`far bin Abī Tālib

Aqeel ibn Abi Talib

Jumanah bint Abi Talib

Fakhitah bint Abi Talib

Allama Talib Jauhri

Naji Talib

Ali ibn Abi Talib

Aqib Talib

Talib El-Shibib

Talib Kweli (American MC / Rapper)

Abdul Talib Zaki

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