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Position:  Defensive tackle
Name  Akeem Spence
Place of birth:  Navarre, Florida
Height  1.85 m

Weight  139 kg
Roster status:  Active
Date joined  2013
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Date of birth:  (1991-11-29) November 29, 1991 (age 24)
NFL draft:  2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 100
Role  American football defensive tackle
Current team  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (#97 / Defensive tackle)
College  Illinois Fighting Illini football
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High school:  Fort Walton Beach (FL)

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Akeem Spence (born November 29, 1991) is an American football defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Illinois.


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Early years

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Spence was born in Navarre, Florida. He attended Fort Walton Beach High School, and played for the Fort Walton Beach Vikings high school football team. He recorded 80 tackles and five sacks as a senior and helped lead team to a 10-2 record and district championship. Posted 67 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and two sacks in 2007 as a junior. Rated as a three-star recruit by, he accepted an athletic scholarship from the University of Illinois over offers from Iowa State and Syracuse.

College career

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While attending the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Spence played for the Illinois Fighting Illini football team from 2009 to 2012. After redshirting in 2009, he started all 13 games at defensive tackle alongside All-American Corey Liuget. He had 45 tackles, four tackles for a loss, one quarterback sacks, two hurries and one fumble recovery on the season. In 2011, he started all 13 games on the season, he finished ranked fourth on the team with 69 tackles on the season, including 5.5 tackles for a loess and 1.5 sacks. As a redshirt junior, he started all 12 games in 2012 and started all 38 games of his college career at defensive tackle. He ranked third on the team in tackles with 72 and tied for second on team with 7.0 tackles for a loss and had one sack.

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Spence announced on December 19, 2012 that he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On April 27, 2013, Spence was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round (100th overall pick) of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Buccaneers signed him to a rookie contract on May 15, 2013. Spence signed his contract on May 15, 2013, a four-year deal that’s worth $2,644,424. Spence collected a $484,424 signing bonus.

On December 26, 2015, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed Spence on injured reserve.

Detroit Lions

On March 10, 2017, Spence signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Detroit Lions.

Personal life

On January 14, 2014, Spence was arrested in Flomaton, Alabama on charges of misdemeanor marijuana possession. He was later suspended one game by the NFL for the incident.


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