Anthony Adams

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Anthony Adams
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Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-06-18) June 18, 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: Detroit (MI) King
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 278
Sacks: 10.5
Forced fumbles: 3
Player stats at

Anthony Adams, nicknamed Spice, (born June 18, 1980) is a former American football defensive tackle. After playing college football for Penn State, he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft, for whom he played four seasons. He played for the Chicago Bears from 2007 to 2011. On March 23, 2013, Adams announced his retirement.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Adams and Jamar Williams taking the field in 2009

Adams and his wife, Andenika, have four children. Teammates have bestowed several nicknames on Adams: Former 49ers teammate Bryant Young dubbed him "Double A" not only for his initials but also for his suspicion that Adams' extra energy came from batteries. His Penn State teammates nicknamed him "Spice."[2] Adams was voted "Mama's Boy" his senior year at Martin Luther King High School in Detroit.[2] Adams is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, and was initiated at Nu Chapter. In the summer of 2012, Adams produced a series of videos on YouTube about life as an NFL free agent.[3]

Adams announced his retirement via YouTube on March 24, 2013.[4]

Starting on September 14, 2013, Adams began hosting a weekly half-hour show titled Inside the Bears, which airs on WFLD and WPWR-TV.[5] On May 5, 2013, Adams graduated from George Washington University, receiving a Masters in Business Administration.

In 2016, Adams began a reoccurring role on the HBO series Ballers.

Community service[edit]

Since 2006, Adams has been involved with Youthville, a program in his hometown of Detroit. He gave away two Super Bowl XL tickets to the student who demonstrated the greatest improvement in grade point average. In 2009, Adams visited several Chicago Public Schools to help students write letters to troops overseas during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.


  1. ^ Jensen, Sean (2013-03-23). "Anthony Adams files retirement papers". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  2. ^ a b Haugh, David (2007-11-11). "Women in his life gems, solid as rocks". Chicago Tribune. 
  3. ^ "Stuff NFL Free Agents Say". 
  4. ^ Inman, Cam (2013-03-25). "Former 49ers lineman Anthony Adams retires via YouTube". San Jose Mercury News. 
  5. ^ Mayer, Larry (2013-07-17). "Former Bear Anthony Adams hosting new magazine show". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 

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