D1Jerseys is proud to bring you this authentic game worn football jersey from the University of Illinois football program. This real Illinois Fighting Illini football jersey was worn during game action. Numbers, logos and patches are stitched or embroidered onto the jersey. Made by Nike.
There is no nameplate on the back, but it can be photo matched to Akeem Spence who wore #94 for the Illini and played from 09-12 . Akeem started in every game he played at U of I (38 consecutive games) and was a star defensive tackle. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 13 NFL Draft. He played for Tampa Bay for 4 years from 13-16 and for the Detroit Lions in the 17 season after signing a 3 year contract.
Highlights at Illinois were (from the U of I website):
-Started every game of his career (38 consecutive)
-Helped lead Illinois to back-to-back bowl victores in 10 (Texas Bowl) and 11 (Kraft Fight Hunger)
-Anchored a 11 Illini defense that ranked seventh nationally in total defense (286.2 ypg) and third nationally in pass defense (162.3 ypg)
-Had 186 career tackles, 16.5 TFLs and 3.5 sacks
-Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (12)
-First-Team Freshman All-American by Phil Steele, Rivals.com and the FWAA (10)
-11 NW Florida All Sports Association Collegiate Award winner
-Earned bachelor’s degree in communicatioin in Dec. 12
-Declared for the 13 NFL Draft, forgoing his final season of eligibility
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