DeAndre Levy

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DeAndre Levy
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Levy in the 2011
No. -- Free agent
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-03-26) March 26, 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Milwaukee (WI) Vincent
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 76
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Tackles: 639
Quarterback sacks: 3.5
Interceptions: 12
Forced fumbles: 2
Player stats at

DeAndre Levy (born March 26, 1987) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Wisconsin, and was drafted by the Lions in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Levy was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Vincent High School and was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. As a senior, he recorded 84 tackles, five sacks, and four forced fumbles as a linebacker and 12 receptions for 260 yards and three touchdowns as a tight end.

College career[edit]

Levy played college football at Wisconsin from 2005 to 2008. He finished his career with 211 tackles, 21 sacks, two interceptions, six forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and a blocked kick.

In November 2006, Levy inadvertently collided with nearly 80-year-old Penn State coach Joe Paterno on the sideline during a game, fracturing Paterno's shin bone and damaging knee ligaments.[1][2] Years after the discovery of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, Levy called this accidental hit his "proudest college moment".[3] In response, 21 former Penn State football players signed a letter condemning his comments.[4]

Levy was named second-team All-Big Ten in 2007. In 2008, he earned honorable mention All-Big Ten, and was also awarded the team's Tom Wiesner Award, given to a senior football player who most exemplifies the leadership and courage.In addition to twice winning the Big 10 Player of the Week, in 2008, he was also awarded the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week on September 13 for his performance against Fresno St.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Lions[edit]

Levy was drafted by the Lions in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.[6]

2009 season[edit]

As a rookie, Levy started 10 of 16 games for the Detroit Lions, recording 85 tackles and an interception.

2010 season[edit]

In 2010, Levy was limited to only 11 games, missing Detroit's Week 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 games.

For the season, Levy recorded 72 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 4 pass-breakups. In Week 14, against the eventual Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, Levy had 8 tackles and an interception of Packers QB Matt Flynn in the endzone in a 7-3 Lions win. In Week 16, against the Miami Dolphins, Levy returned an interception of Chad Henne 30 yards for the game-winning touchdown in a 34-27 win.

2011 season[edit]

In his third season, Levy started all 16 games for the Lions, recording 109 tackles, a sack, an interception, and a forced fumble.

2012 season[edit]

In 2012, Levy started 13 games for the Lions, recording 82 tackles, and 1 interception.

2013 season[edit]

In 2013, Levy started all 16 games for the Lions, recording 119 tackles, and 6 interceptions.

2014 season[edit]

In 2014, Levy started all 16 games for the Lions, recording 151 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 1 interception.[citation needed]

2015 season[edit]

On August 5, it was announced that Levy and the Detroit Lions agreed on a four-year extension.[7]

Levy only played 1 game in the 2015 season due to injury.

In April 2016, DeAndre wrote an article encouraging men and especially professional athletes to take leadership in sexual assault prevention.[2][8]

2016 season[edit]

As of Week 12 of the NFL season, Levy has played only two of twenty-eight possible games since signing his new contract.[9]

On March 9, 2017, Levy was released by the Lions.[10]


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