Aqib Talib is one of the best corners in football. He’s a three-time Pro Bowler and this past season helped the Denver Broncos to victory in Super Bowl 50.
Four months later, however, he’s being investigated by the NFL – and law enforcement – after getting shot in his right leg in Dallas early Sunday. Talib, who reportedly shot himself by accident, could face numerous league and legal ramifications. Carrying a handgun is legal in Texas with a license; without a license, it’s a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. It is also a Class A misdemeanor to carry a handgun while intoxicated and a Class B misdemeanor to discharge a weapon in a public place.
This isn’t the first time that Talib has been in trouble with the law, either. Now 30, Talib, it seems, is a bit of a knucklehead. But is he?
“Aqib is not a knucklehead,” Ronde Barber said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I do have a relationship with him, so measure my words.”
Barber, a Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowler was a vet in Tampa Bay when the Buccaneers drafted Talib with he 20th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Talib has had a great career thus far, but it has not been a career without incident.
“Trouble seems to find Aqib,” Barber said. “In his best interests, he needs to do right by himself. I told him this in a text a couple of days ago: He’s got a lot more to do and he can’t continue to let these incidents keep holding his life and career down. Hopefully it’s another learning lesson for 2-5, as I know him when he was back here in Tampa.”
Barber also weighed in on another talented corner, Josh Norman, who insists he wasn’t a product of the Carolina Panthers’ front seven, considered by many to be the best in football. Now a Washington Redskin, Norman looks to maintain his status as perhaps the top corner in the league.
“Josh Norman is very good,” Barber said. “I did a game early in the year when they were playing New Orleans, and he had probably the most athletic interception that I’ve ever seen. Actually, I did a game with him earlier in the year where he had a touchdown against Jacksonville and did another game against Tampa where he had another interception for a touchdown. The guy can flat out play football. The whole system argument, you can make that on any corner in the NFL. You adapt to the system you’re playing, and a player as good as Josh Norman can adapt to any system. So if you want to call him a system corner, you’re actually doing him a favor.”