Originally written on Busted Coverage  |  Last updated 10/22/14

From Busted Coverage:

San Diego Chargers linebacker Takeo Spikes is finishing up year two of a 3-year, $9 million contract. He’s played 15 seasons in the NFL. The guy has some money laying around. He also owns a decent house in Georgia.

Life isn’t too bad at all.

But no matter how rich and famous the guy is, he still gets a birthday card (he turned 36 on Dec. 17) from his mother, Lillie, a retired special education teacher.

Spikes wrote on Instagram:

"So good that I had to share my mom’s birthday gift to me. Lmao!!!!"

According to Takeo’s official bio:

"Jimmie and Lillie Spikes ran a tight ship. And as Takeo and his siblings grew older they came to understand how lucky they were to have tough-loving parents looking out for them. “I was fortunate enough to be raised by my mother and my father,’’ Takeo says. “So many kids in my neighborhood not only didn’t have a father, they didn’t have a father figure. It made all the difference in the world to me."

Sadly, Spikes will have plenty of time to spend his $36. He won’t be going to the playoffs for the 15th consecutive year.

Photo credit: George Gojkovich/Getty Images Sport

4 Comments:
  • Takeo, I lol with you. Praise God- HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!
  • It is probably a family tradition to give a dollar per year as a present. If so, I think it is great that his mother is following tradition even with him having big $$$'s. I give my kids and grandkids a $2 bill for each of their years for thier presents and my oldest is 42. But,when they spend the money they remember who gave it to them. Takeo needs to give his Mother a huge hug for reminding him where he came from.
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