FOXBOROUGH -- There's no question that Aqib Talib has made the Patriots' secondary better since he was acquired last Nov. 1 in a trade-deadline deal with Tampa Bay. He's played at an elite level thus far this season, holding top-level receivers like Atlanta's Julio Jones and former Buccaneers teammate Vincent Jackson in check; according to football metrics website ProFootballFocus, receivers Talib has been covering have been targeted 28 times, and he's allowed only 11 receptions -- that 39.3 percent caught number is second in the league to Tennessee's Alterraun Verner, as is the 30.8 quarterback rating against him (again behind Verner).
Raised in Texas, Talib's thick drawl, often no-nonsense responses (example: Can you cover Julio Jones without safety help? "I hope I can, if I have to...Whatever the plan is, the plan is.”), and fun-loving nature (witness his "I got this" lean back on the bench after knocking away an end-of-game end zone pass in Atlanta) have made him one of the more fun and interesting players to interview in the New England locker room this season.
Favorite TV show: New or old? Favorite TV show of all time? Definitely "Martin." That's the funniest show ever.
Favorite meal: Beef ribs, macaroni and cheese. It's something my mom makes, something my girl makes.
First car: Mercedes-Benz S550. Got my first car when I came into the league. First paycheck. [Still have it?] I just sold it this year.
First job: KFC. Cashier at KFC. Ate a ton of fried chicken, worked there for maybe three weeks. [What happened?] It wasn't for me.
What do you listen to most on your iPod: Right now, Drake's new CD. I forgot the name of it [Ryan Mallett chimes in: "Nothing was the Same"]. And Juicy J.
Place you want to visit but haven't yet: Ecuador. That's where my fiancee is from. Both of her parents were born there, she has a lot of family there. [When are you getting married?] As soon as I ask. (smiles)
If they made a movie about your life... It would be an action movie. Definitely an action movie. I'd play me. [What kind of action movie?] It would be life and times -- sometimes I might be the bad guy, sometimes I might be the good guy in the movie, but there's going to be a lot of action.