As he stepped out onto the field for the first time in front of his new home crowd on Sunday, Aqib Talib started to feel the excitement. But as the cheers of the near 70,000 fans filling the seats at Gillette Stadium echoed from end to end for him, Talib made sure not to let the nerves get in his way of making a lasting impression.
“Oh, when they said my name at the beginning, I got a pretty good welcome in,” Taib said of his debut. “It made me feel pretty good. Made me a little bit more excited than I already was.”
With the scored tied 14-14 midway through the second quarter, Talib not only lived up to the expectations of leaving a lasting impression but he also turned the tide of the game.
Talib dropped back into coverage and intercepted an errant deep ball from Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. But after picking the ball out of midair, Talib turned his attention to the open field in front of him and did exactly what he was brought to New England to do: make plays.
A few nifty...