Takeo Spikes is a professional football player born on December 17, 1976 in Sandersville, Georgia. He has enjoyed considerable success on and off the field, being named to the Pro Bowl twice and the All-Pro team in one season. There are many things that Spikes would credit for his success in his career path, chief among them being his dedication and his education.
Spikes was heavily recruited out of high school, having been named Georgia's Player of the Year in his senior year, and earning All-American honors from USA Today and Parade magazines. In a state where football is king, Spikes can surely be said to have had the crown placed squarely on his head. After obtaining the fame associated with these honors, Spikes had to confront a difficult decision; choosing a college to attend.
After careful deliberation, Spikes chose the college of Auburn University due to its strong football pedigree, academic standing, and proximity to his hometown. He enjoyed a very successful stint at the school, both academically and athletically.
Takeo Spikes graduated Auburn University and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the thirteenth pick in the 1998 draft. The first season Spikes had in the NFL was a very productive one for him, as he became the first rookie to lead the Bengals in tackles since James Francis did it in 1990. The following season Spikes' leadership and charisma did not go unnoticed, as he was named team captain in only his sophomore campaign.
Spikes upheld his reputation as captain by being an ironman for the Bengals, only missing one game due to the death of his father. He continued to produce splendidly, but the pinnacle of his career would be reached after a trade that sent Spikes to the Buffalo Bills. It was with the Bills that Spikes first made the Pro Bowl in 2003, and again the next season.
Buffalo was where Spikes reached his heyday as an individual athlete, but it also provided him with a serious setback, as he tore his Achilles tendon during the 2005 season and missed the rest of the games on the schedule. Spikes changed teams twice after this, and is now playing for the San Francisco 49ers, where he is an integral part of their defensive game plan.
Graduating from Auburn University allowed Spikes to gain the recognition he needed in the football world, but more importantly, it made him an educated member of society, and shaped his worldview allowing him the skills needed to succeed in the tough business of the NFL.
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