FOXBORO, Mass. -- Brandon Spikes turned 25 just before the
start of the regular season, which actually makes him one of the more senior
players on the Patriots defense. But even at his "old age," in the
locker room at least, Spikes says he feels like a teenager again.
"Honestly, this is the best I've ever felt in my life.
I feel like I'm 18," Spikes said. "I can go play this week, or next
week. I feel great, man."
Spikes, now in his third NFL season, has become a major
contributor at linebacker for New England. He has 50 tackles, three forced
fumbles and one sack on the season, and he's become a key component in the
NFL's best rushing defense, which is allowing just 3.5 yards per attempt.
At 6-foot-2 and 255 pounds, Spikes is an imposing physical
specimen and an intimidating presence when flying across the field to lay a
monstrous hit on any quarterback, running back or receiver. And Spikes sure
does love t...