Sean Spence

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Not to be confused with Sean Spencer, Shaun Spence, or Sean Spicer.
Sean Spence
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Spence with the Pittsburgh Steelers
No. 55 Indianapolis Colts
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-06-07) June 7, 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami (FL) Northwestern
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 86
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2016
Total tackles: 122
Sacks: 5.0
Forced fumbles: 0
Fumble recoveries: 1
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at

Sean Spence (born June 7, 1990) is an American football linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Miami, where he was named 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Rookie of the Year.

High school career[edit]

At Miami Northwestern High School, Spence was part of the 2007 national championship team as chosen by USA Today.[1] His teammates included Lavonte David, Marcus Forston, Jacory Harris, Tommy Streeter, and Brandon Washington. As a senior, made more than 100 tackles, with three quarterback sacks, two interceptions (one for a TD). As a junior in 2006, made 147 tackles, 10 for losses, with two interceptions (one for a touchdown) and three sacks.

Spence played in the inaugural Under Armour All-America Game. Considered a four-star recruit by, Spence was listed as the No. 13 outside linebacker in the nation.[2]

College career[edit]

Playing as a true freshman, Spence was a starter in Miami’s final eight games, and ranked third on the team with 62 tackles to go along with 7.5 tackles for loss, and a pair of sacks. He was named to College Football News′ All-Freshman first team,[3] as well as′s 2008 Freshman All-America team.[4] Four weeks into the 2010 season, Spence had team-highs in tackles (38) and tackles for loss (6.5) in only four games. At the end of the 2011 season, Spence earned first-team All-ACC recognition for the 2011 season. The senior captain, who tied for fifth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 106 total tackles in 2011, ended the year second among all NCAA players with 47 career tackles for loss, including 14.0 in 2011. A semifinalist for the Butkus Award, Spence averaged 9.64 tackles per game (fourth in conference) and 1.27 tackles for loss per game (third in conference) in 2011. He finished the season with three sacks, one pass break-up and one forced fumble.

Professional career[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Spence was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft (86th overall). He suffered a serious knee injury during the preseason and was declared out for the entire 2012 season. On August 25, 2013, the Steelers placed Spence on the Reserve/Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) List.[5][6] Three weeks after being taken off of the PUP list, the Pittsburgh Steelers placed linebacker Sean Spence on the injured reserve, ending his injury ridden 2013 season.[7] Sean Spence finished the 2014 season with 53 tackles plus 1 sack for the Steelers, finishing with a record of 11-5 and winning the AFC North Division. Spence, who missed one game and didn't finish two due to hamstring injuries, had 37 tackles and a sack as the Steelers completed the 2015 regular season with a 10-6 mark. They won their first round playoff game with the Cincinnati Bengals before dropping the next to Denver.[8]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

After becoming a free agent, Spence signed with the Tennessee Titans on March 16, 2016, reuniting him with former Steeler's defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau.[9]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On March 19, 2017, Spence signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts.[10]


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