TAKEO SPIKES

Analyst, Pro Football Talk

Former NFL linebacker Takeo Spikes joins NBC Sports Group as an analyst on Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s NFL studio show, which airs weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Spikes boasts an impressive 15-year NFL career from 1998-2012, which featured stints with the Cincinnati Bengals (1998-2002), Buffalo Bills (2003-06), Philadelphia Eagles (2007), San Francisco 49ers (2008-10), and San Diego Chargers (2011-12).

Spikes appeared in 219 games during his NFL career, which ranks 13th in NFL history among linebackers, and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2003-04). Spikes served as a team captain 12 times during his 15-year professional career, and was a first-round pick (13th overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1998 NFL Draft.

Prior to his NFL career, Spikes played collegiately at Auburn University from 1995-97. In 1997, Spikes was first-team All-SEC after leading Auburn with 136 tackles, was named Football News’ Defensive Player of the Year, and was named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News in 1997.

In addition, Spikes has also served as a studio analyst for ESPN’s NFL coverage.

Spikes is a native of Sandersville, Ga., where he played high school football for Washington County High, and was named Georgia’s “Mr. Football” in 1994, after leading the school to a 15-0 record and the state title.