Spievey in the 2011 NFL season.
|No. -- Free agent|
|Date of birth:||April 15, 1988|
|Place of birth:||Middletown, Connecticut|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school:||Middletown (CT) Xavier|
|NFL draft:||2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
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. 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
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.
Iowa Central Community College
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.
2010 NFL Draft
By mid-season of 2009, Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline listed Spievey as one of the "risers" for the 2010 NFL Draft. On January 11, 2010, Spievey announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. Spievey was selected by the Detroit Lions as the 2nd pick of the 3rd round (66th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Spievey opened the 2011 NFL season as a starter at safety for the Lions.
- NFL Draft Scout
- "Postseason New England top 20 2006", Rivals.com, January 21, 2006
- Pauline, Tony (November 23, 2009), "Notre Dame's Golden Tate in 2010 NFL Draft risers and sliders", Sports Illustrated
- Rittenberg, Adam (January 11, 2010). "Iowa's Spievey declares for draft". ESPN. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2010.