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January 6, 2013

New Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib may have saved a great Patriots team from an early dismissal

New Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib may have saved a great Patriots team from an early dismissal

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Talib could go on. And he did.

”I am a Patriot,” said Talib. “It feels like I was meant to be here ... The coaches here are so good, too. It’s all about football. It’s one day at a time. It’s the perfect place to play football. I don’t know what else to say.”

Even coach Bill Belichick, a man of few words, sings Talib’s praises.

“There’s no doubt that Aqib has helped our secondary,” he said.

“He’s a very smart and confident player who works hard. He has a good attitude and he fits in well. I’ve enjoyed coaching him.”

While it’s only been short of two months, the “trouble” that followed Talib around since he became a pro football player has been nowhere to be seen.

Like other big-name trade acquisitions before him, with similar reputations, including Corey Dillon (2004) and Randy Moss (2007), the Patriots may have gotten another steal for their Super Bowl run.

”I don’t want to talk about the future,” said Talib. “I’m only focused on today. And when I come here tomorrow, I’ll be focused on tomorrow ... But if you ask me if this is where I want to be? Of course, I do. Every player should play here.”

You can email Bill Burt at bburt@eagletribune.com.

Did you know ... ? -- Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib played a few games at wide receiver during his final season (as a junior) at the University of Kansas, catching eight passes, including four for touchdowns. -- In his final season in 2007, U of Kansas coach Mark Mangino called Talib's acrobatic interception against Florida International, and the impending 102-yard return, the greatest play he had ever seen in his football career. -- His 2012 salary was $1.852 million, which ranked only 44th among cornerbacks.

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