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Is Aqib Talib A 'Changed Man'? And Does It Even Matter?

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Former Kansas CB Aqib Talib has stayed pretty active both on and off the field since departing Lawrence for the NFL in 2007.

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A first round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Talib has had repeated brushes with the law as an NFL player. His most recent case, a felony assault charge towards his sister's boyfriend, was just dropped by the Dallas County DA because of concerns about the credibility of the witnesses.

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Now, as he waits for whether NFL commissioner/president for life Roger Goodell will hand down one of his dreaded "personal conduct" suspensions, he's trying to turn over a new page in his life. At least that's what former Tampa Bay LB Derrick Brooks, who played with Talib, told a Florida radio station this week, calling Talib "a changed man".

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Of course, there's no way for us to know if Brooks is right, but Talib is a 27-year old at a position where speed (and youth) is everything. He's a free agent after the end of the season, and he'll only have one chance to secure a contract that could set him up financially in his post NFL-career, which is now no longer so far off.

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