Wednesday, February 9, 2011

NFL Alumni Association names former KU football player Aqib Talib defensive back of year


Former Kansas University standout cornerback Aqib Talib was named the 2010 Defensive Back of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association on Tuesday.

Talib, who plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, intercepted six passes in 11 games last season. He returned one for a touchdown.

The third-year pro from Richardson, Texas, has 15 interceptions in his Bucs career.

Arguably his most memorable moment at KU was when he intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown in KU’s 24-21 Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech in 2008. The 12-1 squad was the winningest team in KU football history.

Talib’s six picks in 2010 trailed Baltimore’s Ed Reed, who had eight.

Talib earned the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 3, 2010, after he picked off two passes against Arizona, returning one for a score. He became the first Tampa Bay player since Donnie Abraham (1999-2001) to record at least four interceptions in three straight seasons.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Talib was a first-round draft pick (20th overall) of Tampa Bay in the 2008 draft.

Also on Tuesday, Kansas City’s Todd Haley received the NFL Alumni’s Coach of the Year.

The Chiefs won the AFC West and finished 10-6 before bowing out of the playoffs to Baltimore. Haley made significant progress with the Chiefs, who finished 4-12 and last in the AFC West just two seasons ago.

Other awards on Tuesday from the NFL Alumni included: Quarterback of the Year: Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers; running back: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars; wide Receiver: Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons; tight end: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys; offensive lineman: Josh Sitton, Green Bay Packers; defensive lineman: Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions; linebacker: Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers; special teams: Devin Hester, Chicago Bears; spirit award: Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys; Player of the Year: Troy Polamalu, safety, Pittsburgh Steelers.


hawksquawk 10 years ago

Austin Jayhawk and admitted Cowboys fan here, but what does the "spirit award" mean for Felix Jones???

goshenjhawk 10 years ago

I think it means he is inhabited by evil spirits... like all Cowboys are

dynamitehawk 10 years ago

Yeah goshen is right... If Jerry Jones feels that not enough Cowboys were on the list, he simply invents a new award and pays the Alumni Association lots of money to fill it with a Cowboy.. For example many years ago, Michael Ervin won the slappin' strippers and piles of cocaine award.

KGphoto 10 years ago

I believe he went on to win it in back-to-back seasons, as well as winning it in his first year at ESPN. Not sure, but I believe he's eligible for the "slappin'" Hall of Fame in a couple more years. As well as, most likely, receiving the Key to the City for his work in the Dallas stripper community. The guy is just a winner.

jhox 10 years ago

I had no idea Talib had that kind of season. I'm really happy for him. He was a great Jayhawk.

OCJHAWK 10 years ago

Glad he is still as exciting to watch as he was at KU.

Nutflush21 10 years ago

He was injured and missed the last few games of the season.

Jeff Coffman 10 years ago

I hate Tom Brady with a purple passion, but how did Phillip Rivers win a QB award over him this year? 4 interceptions.

Michael Leiker 10 years ago


100 10 years ago

Great job Aqib.

Speaking of defensive studs, Coach Gill is the first to offer Trace Clark (Wichita) a scholarship.... More & more the lineup of players Gill is assembling is beginning to really look a lot like the Nebraska teams of the 80's!!!!

Another 6'4" kid!!!!!!!!!!!!


More Speeeeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This kid is coming on strong, a very fast attacking 6'4" weak side defensive end. His three top choices are Oregon, Nebraska & Kansas.

Keep 'em coming Coach Gill!!!!!!!!!!

jayhawker8 10 years ago

Yeah Gill is quite the recruiter

squawkhawk 10 years ago

I wonder if Aqib still lights up as much as he did while at KU?

LAJayhawk 10 years ago

I suppose it depends on whether or not he invested in a whizzinator.

Paul Mitten 10 years ago

I'm not sure you can put much stock in an award that didn't give Tom Brady the QB of the year.

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