Super Bowl 50 representation
A player with a participation in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be competing for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 when the Colorado-based NFL franchise plays the Carolina Cougars February 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Cornerback Aqib Talib, who compiled five tackles as a red-shirt freshman in Kansas' 42-13 win over Houston in the 2005 post-season game at Amon G. Carter Stadium when the contest was known as the Fort Worth Bowl, is scheduled to be in the starting lineup when the Broncos' No. 1 NFL defensive unit challenges the Panthers.
In his ninth season in the NFL, Talib posted 45 tackles during the regular-season, defended 13 passes, hauled in three interceptions and returned two of those for a pick six. In the American Football Conference championship game Sunday in Denver against the Patriots, Talib was credited with five tackles and tipped a crucial Tom Brady pass to force an interception on the New England's two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game with 12 seconds left in the second half.
Talib was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft (20th pick) after earning All-American honors as a junior at KU. Talib played four seasons in Tampa (2008-2011) and two years in New England with the Patriots (2012-2013) before signing a six-year contract with the Broncos on March 11, 2014.
A three-sport standout (football, basketball and track) at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas, Talib earned All-District and All-City honors as a senior before signing with Kansas.
A three-season letterman at KU, Talib finished his college career with 138 tackles, 9.5 tackles-for-loss, 13 interceptions and 43 pass breakups. In 2006 he was named to the All-Big 12 First Team and was a Second-team All-American in 2007.