Former All-Pro cornerback Aqib Talib made quite the impression during his Fox broadcasting debut.
Talib, who won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos and made five Pro Bowls, brought enthusiasm to the Week 10 matchup between Washington and Detroit.
Talib’s first game in the booth brought about an ugly reminder of his career. Fox hired Talib despite the former cornerback’s lengthy rap sheet and a history of bad decisions.
Aqib Talib had an impressive playing career
An All-American cornerback at Kansas, Aqib Talib showed excellent vision and range in the secondary.
Tampa Bay took a chance on Talib and selected him with the 20th overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. Talib instantly picked off four passes and broke up another nine as a rookie, then snagged five picks and totaled 15 pass breakups.
Talib had 18 interceptions, returning three for touchdowns, and broke up 54 passes in 58 games with the Buccaneers across four-plus seasons.
Tampa Bay traded Talib to the New England Patriots in November 2012, which instantly paid off for Bill Belichick. Talib played two seasons with the Patriots and earned Pro Bowl honors in 2013, grabbing four interceptions and forcing a fumble.
That season began a streak of five straight Pro Bowl campaigns for Talib, who signed with the Denver Broncos in 2014. Talib picked off 11 passes in four years with the Broncos and earned All-Pro honors after the 2016 season.
Talib closed his career with two seasons for the Los Angeles Rams. After the Rams traded Talib to the Miami Dolphins midway through the 2019 season, the veteran cornerback retired.
Talib often found himself in trouble
Aqib Talib was no stranger to controversy in his 12 NFL seasons.
Florida police arrested Talib in August 2009 after he allegedly hit a cab driver in the neck and ear. According to USA Today, Talib entered a diversion program, took anger management classes, and reached a civil settlement with the driver.
Texas police issued a felony warrant for Talib in March 2011 on the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Talib allegedly fired a gun at his sister’s boyfriend.
According to the NFL’s official website, prosecutors dropped the case in June 2012 due to insufficient evidence.
Talib served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance abuse policy in 2012. He owned up to taking an Adderall pill without a prescription, which constitutes a violation.
Talib served a one-game suspension in 2015 for poking the eye of Colts tight end Dwayne Allen. According to ESPN, Talib accidentally shot himself in the right leg in June 2016. Talib said someone else shot him.
The NFL did not suspend Talib for that incident.
Talib served another one-game suspension, this time in 2017, for his role in a brawl with Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree. During the fight, Talib grabbed the chain Crabtree wore around his neck.
Talib also forfeited nearly $650,000 in the process.
Fox hired Aqib Talib despite his rap sheet
During his playing career, Aqib Talib had a reputation for dirty plays and bad decisions.
Despite his lengthy rap sheet, Fox hired Talib earlier this year to work NFL games. Although Talib worked with Brandon Gaudin in Week 10, that crew is off for Week 11.
Talib isn’t the first controversial ex-player on Fox’s NFL coverage. Michael Vick, who served prison time for his role in a dogfighting ring, contributes to the network’s studio coverage.
Jonathan Vilma, who played a significant role in the New Orleans Saints’ Bountygate scandal, is a color commentator. The NFL initially suspended Vilma for the entire 2012 season, although he only served five of those games.