Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib may have played football 30 years too early.
He played college football at Kansas, and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. However, Talib’s may have found a kindred spirit in the late former Ohio State coach, Woody Hayes.
For 28 years, Hayes coached Ohio State and was viewed as one of the best at his job in America. However, that all came to an end after the Gator Bowl in 1978. That’s when after an interception, Hayes punched Clemson defensive lineman Charlie Bauman in the throat. He was fired the next day.
ESPN tweeted out a video of the incident on Friday, and Talib saw it. He quote tweeted it on his account, saying that he would’ve loved to play for Hayes.
Awww Man I would have loved to play for Woody Hayes!!! 😂 https://t.co/Nh65FGhlZo
— AqibTalib21 (@AqibTalib21) December 29, 2017
Talib was obviously trying to be funny, but there is reason to believe that he would’ve enjoyed playing for a coach willing to throw a right hand at an opposing player. Talib got suspended this season for getting into a fight with Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
That fight started after Talib snatched Crabtree’s chain for the second time in two seasons. Hayes probably would’ve been furious at Talib for doing that, but the two of them likely would’ve gotten along well.
Mainly because Talib is one of the best cornerbacks of his era.