Talib And Schiano Bonding

June 28th, 2012
Photo as seen on Buccaneers.com

Joe still hears the words of Bucs icon Derrick Brooks talking last week, “I honestly believe that [Talib’s] a changed man.”

And Brooks went on to say Talib has been “transitioning” over the past eight months (a very specific timetable) and Brooks has been witness to the personal growth in the Bucs’ cornerback.
Now Joe sees on Buccaneers.com that Greg Schiano and Talib spent some together time Tuesday visiting kids at Pepin Academies, which largely teaches students with learning disabilities.

“Coach told me that he was going to come by [Pepin] and get a tour and learn more about the school and I was in town just working out,” said Talib. “So he asked if I wanted to come along. I definitely wanted to come along to see a different learning environment, something I had never seen before, something I didn’t know existed, really.”

It’s a nice story and Joe suggests you click and read it above.

Perhaps Talib really has his toes on the line and has overhauled his life? And Joe wonders how that might translate positively on the field.

16 Responses to “Talib And Schiano Bonding”

  1. Santos_Dat_Dude Says:

    great to see him trying to be a better man, football should be second in his life right now or at least 1b with becomming a better person….im pulling for Talib, even tho when he got drafted i was for hometown man Mike Jenkins….glad we got Talib instead…GO BUCS!!

  2. Macabee Says:

    This kind of positive off-the-field involvement, coupled with Talib’s court dismissal, and cemented by the length of time he has been trouble-free all works in Talib’s favor and lessens the likelihood of Goodell punishing him any further.

    Then there is Schiano. Would you associate with, speak well of, and make public appearances with a person you did not approve of? I would not and I don’t think Schiano would either.

    For me the issue is clear. It is up to Talib to be the master of his destiny and have his future be known for his redemption and good works.

    Toward this end, I wish him continued growth and success!

  3. stevek Says:

    Redemption has to start somewhere. Great to see Schiano supporting Talib, hope Talib in turn will support the Bucs with a lockdown season.

  4. Miguel Grande Says:

    I’m an athletic supporter of Aqib Talib and am eager to see him take positive steps with his personal public relations, but maybe when the Little General mentioned Pepin Distribution, he probably thought, free beer, I’m in!

    I know that’s probably what Joe would be thinking.

  5. T in Orlando Says:

    Miguel is an “athletic supporter of Aqib Talib”?

  6. Garv Says:

    I’m proud of Aqib Talib and Coach Schiano.
    GREAT article Joe, on redemption, growth, service and hard work.

    Thanks for the positive input on a positive story! I think I can type for the majority of us who appreciate it.

    Buccaneers in 2012?

    Can’t WAIT!!!

  7. Bucky23 Says:

    Sorry about the premature aqib comment yesterday joe. I really enjoy the site. Thanks for addressing this positive story. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come from talib. It is never too late for someone to change. Go Bucs

  8. OAR Says:

    I agree whole heartedly with all the above posts, except one! Three guesses as to which one.

  9. OAR Says:

    Bingo! Jockstrap Grande!

  10. Jessup Says:

    I can tell by the picture Schiano told him not to dress like a thug. Never seen him in slacks and tucked in shirt before.

  11. ClayBURN94 Says:

    Ok miguel grande is officially known as Jockstrap Grande.

  12. Have A Nice Day Says:

    @ T Orlando & ClayBURN94 HAHA! I thought the same exact thing!

  13. OAR Says:

    Key word to your statement is “before”.
    It’s a new day in Tampa Bay!

  14. Drew Says:

    I’m anxiously waiting for the Thomas 2.2 negative remarks. Great news and article Joe.

  15. Eric Says:

    Talib is one of the best players on the team.

    Teammates have always praised him.

    Smart move by Schiano showing his support, Talib can flat play. As the players around him improve his value will become more apparent.

  16. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I’m pretty impressed that there isn’t much negativity from this story, not even from Thomas. I have no idea if he really is changing, but there is a lot of evidence to suggest he is. Obviously time will tell, but so far so good. Perhaps a man like Schiano is exactly what Talib needs. Joe, any word on when a decision is expected on if he gets suspended or not? Surely it would be pretty soon.