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Talib: 'It's a dream come true'




Aqib Talib was introduced Monday as the Bucs first round pick. If first impressions count for anything, he's an easy guy to like.

Aside from his obvious size and speed, Talib brings energy to the room.

The Kansas cornerback was asked about the origin of his name, a discussion that produced a zinger from Jon Gruden.

"It's a Muslim name," Talib said. "I know my first name means, 'the last to come.' I'm the youngest of four kids so my first name means the last to come. My last name means ... I don't know."

"His name means 'good corner,' I hope," Gruden deadpanned.

The first thing you notice about Talib is his size. He's 6-foot-1, 206 pounds with long arms and big hands. And check out the link on our website to a video of his touchdown against Tulsa, when he somersaults more than 5-yards into the end zone.

Talib arrived in Tampa Sunday night after a long delay at the DFW airport. When Aqib was an eighth-grader, his older brother pushed for a move to Texas from New Jersey to help with their respective football careers.

We'll obviously write a lot more about Talib in tomorrow's edition, including how he has learned to deal with testing positive for marijuana three times at Kansas. Talib has dealt with the issue head on and appears to have put all that behind him.

"It's just wonderful," Talib said. "It's a dream come true for me. It's an honor to be able to start my NFL career with this team, with this defense, to have a chance to be around Ronde Barber, Derrick Brooks and guys like that. It's an honor for me. I'm excited to be a Buccaneer."

"It's been all smiles for me. I'm excited. I don't need no sleep, I don't need nothing. It's a dream come true. I don't want to wake up."

[Photo by Carrie Pratt, Times]

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:01pm]


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