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Takeo Spikes going into Alabama sports HOF

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2016 – 3:30 pm

The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame announced their 2017 class for induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The newly elected Inductees for the Class of 2017 included former Bills LB Takeo Spikes.

A former first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals (1998), Spikes earned his two Pro Bowls during his time with the Bills. A captain in 13 of his 15 NFL seasons he became just the seventh inside linebacker in league history to start in more than 200 games.

His induction was due mainly to his college exploits. He played collegiately for Auburn University.  He helped lead the Tigers to the SEC Western Division Championship in 1997.  He led the team in tackles with 136 that year.

The 49th Induction Banquet and Ceremony will take place in Birmingham on Saturday, May 13, 2017.


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NFL Films to profile Takeo Spikes

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2015 – 2:51 pm

A two-time Pro Bowl linebacker during his time with the Bills, Takeo Spikes will be profiled in an NFL Films piece airing on Fox Sports 1.

The “NFL Presents” series will have a segment profiling Spikes’ journey as photographer, author and football historian. Takeo is is putting together a seminal book series and short videos profiling the greatest NFL players of all time. His first volume in the series will profile the position closest to his heart – linebackers. Takeo will share with the world interviews and photographs of 12 of the most influential and impressive linebackers to ever play the game, including Ray Lewis and Chuck Bednarik.

The NFL Presents show will air Tuesday, Sept. 29th at 8:30 pm ET on Fox Sports 1.

The program will also feature clips from his days playing as a Bill, and will showcase some of the positive contributions Takeo has made since his retirement.

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Twitter chat with Takeo

Posted by Chris Brown on August 16, 2015 – 10:23 pm

Two former Bills will be participating in a Twitter chat Monday.

Takeo Spikes and Troy Vincent will be holding a Twitter chat on Aug. 17th at 12 noon ET. Here are the details.

Knowing what a strong interview subject Takeo was when he was in Buffalo and still is today, it’s a chat you don’t want to miss.

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Takeo still pulls for the Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 1, 2014 – 2:17 pm

As we profiled on, former Buffalo Pro Bowl LB Takeo Spikes has been reconnected to the team through his younger cousin Brandon Spikes, who will wear the same jersey number and play the same position as Spikes did in Buffalo. Spikes in a conversation with said even though his NFL career is over and he played for five teams, he pulls for one team more than any other.

“This is the truth when I say this,” Spikes told ‘There is no team I pull for more than the Buffalo Bills because I feel those fans deserve it more than anyone else in the league. They really do.”

Spikes said with his younger cousin now playing in Buffalo he will try to come up and take in a home game this fall.

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Takeo still wants to play

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 14, 2013 – 9:15 pm

At age 36, with 15 years experience in the NFL, Takeo Spikes has logged a lot of miles in the NFL.

But the former Bills LB wants more.

In an appearance Thursday night on The John Murphy Show, Spikes made it clear he still wants to play in the NFL, after being released by the San Diego Chargers earlier this month.  And he said being cut by San Diego did not come as much of a surprise, with a new GM and Head Coach taking over the Chargers.

“Whenever you get a new regime coming in, they don’t want any excuses, as far as the reason why they could not turn it around,” Spikes told host John Murphy.  “If they’re going to go down, they’re going to go down with the decision that they make with their players.”

Spikes has the dubious distinction of playing the most regular season games in NFL history, without appearing in a playoff game.  He’s played 219 games as of the end of last season.

“It bothers me when people keep harping on it,” he said on the radio show.  “I know it’s not me.  I’m not playing track.  I’m not bowling.  If it was a solo sport, I’d fess up to it.  But that’s why it’s the greatest game of all time, because it’s the greatest team game.  It’s the greatest team game of all time,  and things haven’t been going as well as I wanted it to, in that aspect.  That’s the reason why.”

The entire interview with Takeo Spikes is available at

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Takeo tells Lawson “Buffalo is the best place”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 14, 2013 – 8:45 pm

New Bills LB Manny Lawson will be reunited with his college teammate Mario Williams on the Buffalo roster.  But he’s also following in the footsteps of a former NFL teammate, when he lines up with the Bills.

Former Bills LB Takeo Spikes played with Lawson for three seasons, when both were with the San Francisco 49ers.  And in an appearance on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, Spikes says he sent a text message to Lawson shortly after he signed with the Bills.

“I texted him yesterday and I told him-it will be the best place that you play at, by far.  Just because the people embrace the players as their own,” Spikes said.   The two time Pro Bowl LB for the Bills also kidded Lawson about following his career path in the NFL.

“I told him, Manny, you’re going to every team that I played with-the Forty Niners, Bengals, Buffalo…”

Spikes was an established vet and Lawson was just three years into his NFL career, when the two teamed up in San Francisco.  But Spikes saw enough of the former first round draft pick to know that Lawson can succeed with the Bills.

“It’s good that Manny is coming back to a 3-4 defense, that’s number one,”  Spikes told host John Murphy.

“Number two, is the fact that Manny is an all-around football player.  This guy can rush the passer, he can stop the run, that’s what you need.  The guy can cover, too.  That’s one thing I thought he really didn’t get an opportunity to show off his talents last year, being in a 4-3 in Cincinnati.”

The entire interview with Takeo Spikes is available at

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Former Bill tops George in cook-off

Posted by Chris Brown on February 3, 2012 – 3:01 pm

Bills safety George Wilson was part of a three-player competition among NFL players on the Rachael Ray show for the best Super Bowl dish in her 5th annual Super Bowl cook off. But with Buddy Valastro from Cake Boss as the judge, George was not crowned the winner as the title went to a former Bills player.

“They had a nice diamond ring for the winner, but Buddy went with Takeo’s dish instead of mine or Josh’s,” said Wilson in an interview with Schopp and Bulldog on WGR Sportsradio 550.

Takeo Spikes’ lambchop with roast apples won out over Wilson’s Stuffed chicken with sweet potatoes and steamed vegetables. Josh Cribbs made a filet mignon with crab, but was a distant third. Wilson tried to challenge the ruling throwing a red flag, but Spikes was declared the winner.

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Spikes added to Chargers injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on December 9, 2011 – 6:13 pm

San Diego LB Takeo Spikes was added to the team’s injury report Friday.

Spikes missed Friday’s practice with a back problem, but is still listed as probable for the game.

Fellow LB Shaun Phillips is questionable for Sunday.

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OLBs come back from Achilles

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2011 – 7:54 pm

Shawne Merriman announced in a statement that he’s going to undergo surgery on his Achilles to prevent a seemingly inevitable rupture, knowing the chronic problems the tendon has given him the past two years. While the surgery is anything but minor, outside linebackers have not only returned to resume their NFL careers, they’ve excelled.

The two most notable examples are former Bills LB Takeo Spikes and former 49ers/Seahawks/Lions LB Julian Peterson. Both were wildly athletic much like Merriman prior to ruptured Achilles suffered in 2004 by Peterson at age 26, and in 2005 by Spikes at age 28 while with Buffalo.

Both returned and played the following season, but were not quite the explosive game breaking playmakers they were prior. Spikes eventually was traded to the Eagles, but lasted only one season in Philadelphia before moving on to San Fran in 2008 where his career saw a resurgence after moving to ILB in a 3-4 scheme.

Spikes posted 96 tackles, 3 INTs, 2 forced fumbles and a sack in 2008 at age 31. He had two more very productive seasons for the 49ers before he signed with San Diego this past offseason.

Peterson’s recovery was even quicker. After rupturing his Achilles in Week 5 of the 2004 season he returned and made 14 starts in 2005, but even he admitted he did not feel like the same player. Two years removed from surgery Peterson was back to being a playmaker logging 89 tackles, a career-high 10 sacks and an INT in 2006 and followed it up with  a 9.5 sack season in 2007.

For Merriman, who is undergoing surgery at age 27, the recovery for Peterson has to be an encouraging sign, and knowing that Merriman’s Achilles never ruptured perhaps might even improve his chances of again being the Pro Bowl pass rushing terror he once was.

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Bills rooks working in ATL

Posted by Chris Brown on June 21, 2011 – 12:27 pm

Some of Buffalo’s draft choices are still working out together in Atlanta.

That according to Bills third-round pick Kelvin Sheppard, who said as much on his twitter account as he’s working out with top pick Marcell Dareus and a few others. 

KelvinSheppard An can’t forget my boys @TakeoSpikes51, @jairusbyrd, @DSearcy21 an a couple others not in pic out there grindin too!!

Here’s a photo from the workout in which he and Dareus appear. Dareus is dead center and Shep is on the far left.

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Takeo Spikes conference call audio

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2008 – 12:43 am

For those of you that wanted to hear the Takeo Spikes conference call from start to finish it was some quality stuff. He talked about his good memories of his time in Buffalo and how he thought he would finish his career here. It’s definitely a must listen.

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Spikes hoped to end career in Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2008 – 8:47 pm

In Takeo’s conference call, which we’ll have posted in the press conference section of later this afternoon, he also revealed that he thought he’d finish his playing career with the Bills. Obviously, injuries derailed those plans, but it was an interesting admission from the two-time Pro Bowl linebacker.

“I talk to Mario (Haggan) and (Angelo) Crowell all the time and I told them I thought I would’ve retired as a Buffalo Bill,” said Spikes. “As far as playing out the rest of my years of my contract and maybe getting another contract. That’s what I meant by that. I’m not saying that it can’t happen to retire, but just playing the years out and another deal. I thought it would’ve happened.”

Spikes also called Buffalo “genuine” which is why he enjoyed his time here so much, recalling his game here at the end of 2002 when he was still with the Bengals and Bills fans were recruiting him from the stands. So Spikes memories of Buffalo remain positive and he said it was the first place that felt like home for him in his NFL career.

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Spikes on return to Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2008 – 8:29 pm

49ers LB Takeo Spikes has admittedly thought a lot about his return to Buffalo this week. He also had an interesting comment about all the 51 jerseys seen at the games.

“I’ve thought about it several times,” said Spikes of what his return to Buffalo will be like. “I don’t think I left in a bad way. From time to time when I see the games on TV I see a lot of 51 jerseys in the crowd, and I would like to think that a lot of those 51 jerseys… I just can’t really see them… no disrespect to Paul, but I just can’t see them buying another 51 jersey. I think I put enough good work in where they kept mine.”

Unfortunately I don’t believe that to be the case as the Poz phenomenon has taken over, so if you’re in the stadium on Sunday and Takeo gives you a wave, just don’t turn around and show him Posluszny. It could cut him deep.

We’ll have the full conference call from Takeo in the press conference section on later this afternoon.

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