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On the outside looking in -- again

While some veterans savor first shot at playoffs, Takeo Spikes waits for next year

Originally Published: December 27, 2011
By Ross Tucker | ESPN.com

"To be honest with you bro, I'm tired of talking about the Playoffs. Frustrating!"

That was the text message I received from former teammate and current San Diego Chargers linebacker Takeo Spikes when I texted him to ask about his unique NFL journey. Knowing how his professional career has unfolded, I could hardly blame him. In fact, his text message said it all.

Spikes has been a standout performer for five different organizations since 1998. Yet this season, like the other 13 before ...

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