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Aqib Talib on Steve Smith's trash-talking: 'It's never personal'

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Steve Smith and Aqib Talib had a gentlemanly discussion Monday.
Steve Smith and Aqib Talib had a gentlemanly discussion Monday. (USATSI)

Panthers receiver Steve Smith and Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib had a friendly competition Monday, and during the contest, the two exchanged sporting comments and physical greetings that provided extra motivation for the two individuals.

After the Patriots won, a gracious Smith suggested that Talib should "Ice up, son," and he proclaimed he would engrave a spot in his own bedpost in Talib's honor.

Talib's comments this week, however, were a little more proper and genteel.

"Never personal, man," Talib said, via the Boston Herald. "It's never personal. I'm sure if I see Steve, it'd be, 'What's up, how you doing?' It's never personal, man. Him and the other guy from St. Louis [cornerback Janoris Jenkins], that was personal. [Smith] didn't say he was going to punch me in my face after the game. He just told me to go get in the tub."

In fact, Talib said Smith's suggestion to "Ice up, son" was thoughtful indeed. But when asked about Smith's penchant for victorious post-game trash-talking, Talib shrugged off the thought that he might take offense.

"I'm done with Steve for the year, man," he said. "Great game, great competitor, man. I always enjoy going against Steve."

Makes you feel nice when you see two gentleman act accordingly while assessing the other's skills, doesn't it?

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