By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — All through the 20 years of the Invoice Belichick tenure, all kinds of characters have handed by the Patriots locker room. Maybe no one has been extra entertaining to take heed to than Aqib Talib.
Acquired by way of commerce in 2012, Talib’s time in New England was brief however memorable. And now, Talib has revealed that he got here awfully shut to a reunion along with his “large homie” Invoice Belichick this season.
Talib introduced his retirement from soccer on Wednesday, and he defined why Belichick’s provide to return to New England this 12 months led to him deciding to hold up his helmet for good.
“I advised myself personally, like, I must play yet another 12 months. So so long as anyone provides me a pleasant examine, in fact I’m coming [back],” Talib mentioned. “Or if anyone gave me a nice-ass function.”
That “nice-ass function” got here from Belichick, who reached out to Talib and supplied him the job of strictly guarding tight ends. With Patrick Chung opting out of the season and with rookie Kyle Dugger seemingly not fairly able to thrive in that function proper out of the gate, Talib’s physicality and veteran savvy naturally made him an interesting alternative for the Corridor of Fame head coach.
“My man, my large homie, Invoice Belichick referred to as my telephone. Known as my telephone, man, advised me that he had the function of a lifetime for me,” Talib defined. “He actually wished me to return in and strap tight ends. I used to be midway out the door [to Foxboro]. I bought flights, I began discovering flats. I might’ve gotten as much as $5.5, $6 million. Good vet contract. If I might make $6 million and guard tight ends all day, I’m like, cool.”
Nonetheless, regardless of that preliminary pleasure, the 34-year-old Talib mentioned some critical doubts crept into his heads as soon as he appeared on the tight ends who’re on the Patriots schedule.
“Then I form of begin going by that schedule … I form of seen [George] Kittle. [Travis] Kelce. And [Darren] Waller,” Talib mentioned.
Talib defined that every time becoming a member of a brand new group, his mindset is at all times constructive and assured. This time, although, was completely different.
“However this time, I checked out this [bleeping] schedule … and the thought, I mentioned, ‘Can I even strap these rattling tight ends?’ And I mentioned, ‘Aw, [poop], it’s over with.’ As soon as I mentioned that, as soon as that adverse thought crossed my thoughts, I used to be like, man, my coronary heart, my aggressive edge, like, I ain’t actually in it like that anymore.”
Talib added: “I simply wasn’t feeling it no extra, truthfully. … You gotta play this sport with coronary heart. For those who don’t play it with coronary heart, that’s the way you get actual accidents — concussions and dangerous accidents once you’re out right here enjoying, you already know, nervous and issues like that.”
(You’ll be able to take heed to Talib say this in his personal voice, however as a warning, there are some naughty phrases spoken.)
So sadly, Talib received’t be authoring any new memorable catchphrases from Foxboro. He can be saying fairly a bit along with his new podcast, however all of us in New England can’t assist however really feel a little bit despondent about what might have been.