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Patriots’ Talib vows not to let past haunt him
Tuesday, as the cornerback locked eyes with former coach Greg Schiano or just saw the pewter, black, orange and red of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Talib must have thought about how much has changed since last season’s trade.
Talib said this week won’t be a distraction, nor is he out for retribution when he faces the coach that shipped him out of Tampa.
“I couldn’t tell you what I was going through at the time (I was traded). I have moved on. You know what I’m saying? I’m a Patriot now,” Talib told the Herald. “And I’m ready for this good work.”Talent was never a question for this 6-foot-1 cornerback. He was an All-American at Kansas and in 2008 became the first Jayhawks player to be drafted in the first round since 1993 (defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield, San Francisco 49ers).
It was a quiet offseason for Talib, who said he was traded to the Patriots as a different man.
“(The NFL) definitely grows you up fast,” Talib said. “You go from having no job, in college with no responsibilities, to me, personally, taking care of my whole family. It’s a big jump. A quick jump. (I’ve grown) a bunch. I’ve got two kids. A fiancee. Five years in the league. It’s been a big transition.”
“I’m motivated every day I wake up,” Talib said. “I got a chance to be in the NFL. This is another opportunity to go out and get better.”