|Wide receiver / Return specialist|
|Date of birth:January 31, 1983|
|Place of birth: Indianola, Mississippi|
|Undrafted in 2006|
|Debuted in 2006 for the Arizona Cardinals|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Micheal Curtis Spurlock (born January 31, 1983) is an American football wide receiver who most recently played for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Mississippi.
At Gentry High School in Indianola, Mississippi, he passed for Class 5A state records of 3,348 yards and 35 TDs in 2000, also rushed for another 1,161 yards and scored 10 TDs, giving him 4,509 total yards and 45 TDs during senior campaign. He also currently holds the Mississippi High School State record for passing yards in a single game (581) and TD's in a single game (9). He earned three letters in football, four in baseball and three in basketball, playing as a shortstop-pitcher in baseball, was three-time selection as team's Most Valuable Player and Best Defensive Player. He was also the starting guard in basketball.
While at Ole Miss, he played in all 11 games, starting eight, seven at quarterback and the season finale at running back, as a senior in 2005. As quarterback he passed for 1,709 yards on 142-of-267 completions with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions and rushed for two touchdowns. He appeared in seven-of-11 games in 2004 as a junior, connected on 30-of-70 passes for 341 yards, and rushed 27 times for 59 yards. He only played in two of 13 games as a sophomore in 2003 as he was behind Eli Manning on the depth chart and he completed seven-of-eight passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. His only action of 2002 as a redshirt freshman came against the Arkansas State Indians. He redshirted in 2001.
Spurlock signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent rookie in 2006. Spurlock spent most of the year on the practice squad but was promoted to the roster on December 29, 2006 and in his first NFL game against the San Diego Chargers tied for the team lead with four receptions.
First stint with Buccaneers
On December 16, 2007, Spurlock became the first player in Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise history to return a kickoff for a touchdown in a regular season game, taking a kick back 90 yards for a score in a game against the Atlanta Falcons. At the time, Tampa Bay had not returned a kickoff for a touchdown in their entire 32 year history when this was accomplished. He was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 31, 2008 but was quickly re-signed to their practice squad.
San Francisco 49ers
On January 21, 2009, Spurlock was signed to a future contract by the San Francisco 49ers.
After the 2009 preseason, Spurlock was officially signed to the team, due to first round draft pick Michael Crabtree holding out. He was waived on November 3.
Second stint with Buccaneers
Spurlock re-signed with the Buccaneers on December 22, 2009. In his first game back with the Bucs, he returned a punt for a touchdown, leading to a 20-17 victory for Tampa Bay over the 13-1 New Orleans Saints.
On November 7, 2010 vs the Atlanta Falcons, Spurlock returned a squib kick for a Touchdown. It was the second kickoff return for a touchdown in his career.
San Diego Chargers
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Spurlock on October 5, 2012.
Second stint with Chargers
Spurlock was claimed off waivers on November 28, 2012 after the Jaguars released him to make room for Jason Babin.