Former Auburn linebacker and NFL All-Pro Takeo Spikes graduated from his alma mater on Saturday, nearly 20 years after leaving the Plains. And he gave his mom props for pushing him to get it done.
Two months after finishing my rookie year in 1999, my mama asked(recommended) "Are you going back to school?" I looked at her and said "FOR WHAT!?" She responded by saying "money come and goes…but a degree last a lifetime which allows you to make more money regardless of whatever may happen. I walked away thinking damn, my mama is right again?. Mrs. Lillie Spikes, I can look you in the eye on this day of August 6th and proudly say "I've earned my Bachelor's degree that will last a lifetime" and I did it on your BIRTHDAY. Happy 21st Ma ??? #WarDamnEagle #WarFingEagle #MBAisOnDeck
After two successful seasons as a Tiger, Spikes left Auburn at the end of the 1997 season. He was drafted 13th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals and went on to have a strong 15-year pro career in Cincinnati, Buffalo, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and San Diego.
First no look selfie and last? pic.twitter.com/W1yYmLA8HG
— Takeo Spikes (@TakeoSpikes51) August 6, 2016
A liberal arts major on the Plains in the 90s, Spikes re-enrolled to finish the necessary courses to get his degree. In his last year under Auburn coach Terry Bowden, Spikes helped lift the Tigers to the SEC Championship game.
During his NFL career, Spikes accumulated 1,013 tackles and 19 interceptions.