The New England Patriots had plenty of unsung heroes who saw their performances during the team’s dynastic run overshadowed by the auras of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Lining up in the heart of Belichick’s defense, linebacker Brandon Spikes was one of New England’s best defensive players for a half-decade.
Spikes came into the league as a highly productive college linebacker at Florida who would absolutely pummel opposing ball-carriers. That style of play fit in perfectly with Belichick’s aggressive defense, and it helped him become an instant fan favorite in New England. Spikes and Dont’a Hightower were one heck of a 1-2 punch.
Unfortunately, the latest Spikes news update isn’t something positive that looks back on his Patriots career. Instead, Spikes suffered a scary injury at an airport on Wednesday, and he needs the support of Patriots fans around the country to overcome it.
Spikes posted a picture of himself on a stretcher, claiming that he was just hit by an airport bus, a wild way for such news to leak. Spikes asked Patriots fans to pray for him on Twitter after getting injured so bad that he needed to have his neck in a brace and a team of professionals surrounding him.
Former Patriots LB Brandon Spikes was hit by a bus.
After being picked in the second round by New England, Spikes recorded 286 tackles during his four-season stint with the Patriots. His best season came in 2012, when he recorded 92 tackles for a 12-4 team.
The Patriots won 51 regular-season games in four years with Spikes, making the Super Bowl once in 2011 before losing to the Giants.
Spikes continued his career in the AFC East, latching on with the rival Bills for two seasons before departing the game at a fairly young age. Despite playing the game with a fairly aggressive style, Spikes was able to leave football on his own physical terms without any life-altering injuries. You like to see that.
Spikes had posted a video of himself boarding a plane and drinking coffee early on Wednesday. It remains unclear what exactly happened between those two pictures or the severity of Spikes’ injuries, but the pictures Spikes has shared on social media look concerning.
We’re sending our best wishes to Spikes, his family, and the Patriots organization in this very difficult time. Patriots Nation needs to come together and hope that always reliable Spikes shrugs this off and gets back on his feet as quickly as humanly possible.