And, all along, he had a plan for his future.
"I got in trouble in fourth or fifth grade for writing a paper on what we wanted to be when we grew up," Talib said. "I put an NFL player. My teacher told me we're doing 'really serious jobs.' So, I said, 'Just 'cause you're not that talented and you're not going to the NFL doesn't mean I'm not going.' Got me a little in-school suspension for that and everything.
"I don't know what she put on the paper. But, hey, I’m here now."
It’s been that kind of week for Talib. As the cameras go elsewhere in search of quarterbacks, he continues to be the king of the one-liners.
Asked how he would break out of Alcatraz, Talib said: “I’d holla at a female guard and get a key.’’
As he pointed at his $80,000 Rolex watch during media night, Talib said with a smile: “You talking about this $80,000 Rolley -- I wear this every day.’’
And Talib, with microphone in hand, can be found on the team’s website conducting a short “interview’’ with Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Talib puts a large gold chain around Phillips’ neck, and Phillips says: “Now we’re dripping.’’