Takeo Spikes, "TKO", is the premier linebacker in the NFL. The 1998 NFL season was Takeo’s rookie season, and he highlighted it by leading all rookies in tackles with 112. Takeo’s dominating power, toughness, and quickness have many NFL personnel likening his versatile athletic ability to his childhood hero, the legendary Hall of Famer Mike Singletary.
Takeo was drafted in the 1st round of the 1998 draft (13th overall). Termed "a guided missile" by head coach Bruce Coslet, Takeo started every game from the preseason opener and lead the season tackle totals by the widest margin since 1987. The Sporting News National Defensive Player of the Year in 1997 was a unanimous All-Rookie team selection and finished second in rookie of the year voting behind Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson.
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In addition to his phenomenal rookie season, Takeo’s highlights include the following: 5th in the NFL in solo tackles with 98 (a Bengal’s record); 4th in the NFL in total snaps from scrimmage; and 4 consecutive 10 plus tackle games.