On Friday at the NFL Alumni Association held its awards banquet and named Buccaneers corner Aqib Talib as the NFL’s best corner. This is a pretty impressive honor for Talib, especially considering he went out with a knee injury in his 12th game of the season and spent the remainder of the year on IR. Still despite his injury, Talib finished with 40 tackles and six interceptions, ranking him fifth in the NFL in picks.
Talib was an elite corner when he was at his best this season, a very good blend of size and speed, Talib has the potential to join the ranks of Darrelle Revis, Nnamdi Asomughua and (recently) Traumon Williams at the truly elite level. Talib probably should have had even more interceptions this season, his hands failed him more than a few times, but regardless his play was good enough to earn an impressive distinction from the NFL Alumni Association.
And unlike the AP awards, these awards are voted on my former players, not a bunch of biased journalists from the Northeast United States. As per the rest of the awards, Todd Haley was named coach of the year and Troy Polamalu was named player of the year. Congratulations to Aqib Talib and here’s hoping he’s healthy come training camp (and that all that business gets started on time).