Of all the Super Bowl heroes to emulate, Aqib Talib is setting himself up for a fall if he’s rolling with Plaxico Burress as his role model.
Considered one of the NFL’s most talented receivers during his prime, Burress’ pro career peaked when he caught the game-winning touchdown in the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII victory over the Patriots.
But later that year, Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg at an NYC nightclub. He ended up serving jail time for criminal possession of a handgun and lost two years of his NFL career.
By the time Burress came back, he wasn’t the same player and his career didn’t last much longer.
Talib has been considered one of the NFL’s most talented cornerbacks since his arrival in 2008 (the same year of Burress’ rise and fall), making the Pro Bowl three times. Talib was one of Denver’s defensive standouts in a championship run that culminated in a victory over the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 earlier this year.
But then just a couple weeks ago, Talib was shot in the leg at a Dallas nightclub. According to some reports, Talib may have, like Burress, accidentally shot himself. At the moment it doesn’t appear Talib will face any charges and he’s not expected to miss time next season.
Talib may have gotten lucky. He could’ve lost his life, his freedom or his career at a time when he should be basking in football glory.
Despite the offseason shenanigans, Talib was still recognized for his accomplishments by his peers when he was voted No. 34 on NFL Network’s list of top 100 players for 2016.
Talib had 45 tackles, 13 pass breakups and three interceptions last season, returning two of those picks for touchdowns. During the playoffs he helped the Broncos shut down Hall of Fame quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady, and in the Super Bowl he helped Denver corral league MVP Cam Newton on their way to a championship.
You can watch the NFL Network segment on Talib HERE, and check out a highlight reel below: