Amari Spievey

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Amari Spievey
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Spievey in the 2011 NFL season.
No. -- Free agent
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-04-15) April 15, 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth: Middletown, Connecticut
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Middletown (CT) Xavier
College: Iowa
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 2009 First-team All-Big Ten (Coaches & Sporting News)
  • 2008 Second-team All-Big Ten (Coaches)
  • 2007 Junior College All-American
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 142
Sacks: 1.0
Interceptions: 5
Stats at

Amari Spievey (born April 15, 1988) is an American football safety, and is currently a free agent. He played college football at Iowa. He was considered one of the top cornerback prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft.[1] He was picked in the 3rd round (66th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. On August 31, 2013 he was released by the Lions.

High school career[edit]

Spievey attended Xavier High School, where he played defensive back and running back, and finished his career as the all-time leading rusher in school history. He rushed for 3,606 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career, along with 53 receptions for 858 yards and eight touchdowns.

On defense, Spievey made 87 career tackles and 16 interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns. He was a two-time coaches all-state selection and was named the Connecticut Player of the Year as a senior in 2005, the year the team won the Class LL state championship.

Regarded as a two-star recruit by, Spievey was listed as the #15 prospect from New England.[2]

College career[edit]

Iowa Central Community College[edit]

Spievey redshirted his initial year at Iowa to preserve a year of eligibility. Spievey transferred to Iowa Central Community College after being academically ineligible for his sophomore season. There he recorded seven pass interceptions and 242 return yards. He returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns and also scored two touchdowns on kickoff returns and recorded four blocked punts. Iowa Central CC posted 9–2 overall record to earn a No. seven national ranking, and Spievey earned junior college all-American honors.


In his redshirt sophomore season at Iowa, Spievey started all games at right cornerback and ranked third on the team with 68 tackles, including 43 solo tackles and 25 assists. He also had four pass interceptions and six pass break-ups. The Big Ten coaches named him Second-team All-Big Ten afterwards.

Professional career[edit]

2010 NFL Draft[edit]

By mid-season of 2009, Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline listed Spievey as one of the "risers" for the 2010 NFL Draft.[3] On January 11, 2010, Spievey announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.[4] Spievey was selected by the Detroit Lions as the 2nd pick of the 3rd round (66th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Although he played cornerback in college, Spievey was moved to safety by the Lions to take advantage of his tackling ability and instincts.[5]

Spievey opened the 2011 NFL season as a starter at safety for the Lions.[6]


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