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DeAndre Levy
LB #54
Height:
6-2
Weight:
238
Age:
27
College:
Wisconsin
Hometown:
Milwaukee, Wis.
Experience:
6

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
119
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
6
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 467 326 141 1.0 0 28 11 128 -- 66 2 2 5
2013 DET 16 16 119 85 34 0.0 0 15 6 76 12.7 66 1 0 --
2012 DET 14 13 82 57 25 0.0 -- 3 1 -1 -1 -1 0 0 1
2011 DET 16 16 109 73 36 1.0 -- 1 1 7 7 7 0 1 --
2010 DET 11 11 72 50 22 0.0 0 4 2 41 20.5 30 1 0 2
2009 DET 16 10 85 61 24 0.0 -- 5 1 5 5 5 0 1 2
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 MIN W 34-24 7 4 3 -- -- 1 1 9 9 9 0 0 --
2 @ARI L 21-25 5 5 0 -- 0 1 1 66 66 66 1 0 --
3 @WAS W 27-20 9 6 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 CHI W 40-32 7 4 3 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @GB L 9-22 14 11 3 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @CLE W 31-17 8 7 1 -- -- 2 2 0 -- 0 0 0 --
7 CIN L 24-27 8 7 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 DAL W 31-30 5 3 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 @CHI W 21-19 6 5 1 -- -- 1 1 0 -- 0 0 0 --
11 @PIT L 27-37 12 8 4 -- -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 TB L 21-24 9 6 3 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 GB W 40-10 5 1 4 -- -- 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 --
14 @PHI L 20-34 5 3 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 BAL L 16-18 5 4 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 NYG L 20-23 7 6 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 @MIN L 13-14 7 5 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

Tough, veteran linebacker whose speed and physical play is an asset for the Lions’ defense. Has started at both middle and outside linebacker and possesses a knack for generating turnovers as he enters his sixth season with the Lions.

MANE FACTS

  • Pronunciation: lev-EE
  • Voted by his teammates for the Lem Barney Defensive MVP in 2013.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Re-signed by the Detroit Lions as an unrestricted free agent to a three-year contract on March 6, 2013.
  • Signed restricted free agent tender with the Lions April 16, 2012.
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round (76th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

PRO
Tough, veteran linebacker whose speed and physical play is an asset for the Lions’ defense. Has started at both middle and outside linebacker and possesses a knack for generating turnovers as he enters his sixth season with the Lions.

  • Career totals: 73 games (66 starts), 457 tackles (318 solo), one sack, 11 interceptions (128 yards; 2 TDs), 28 pass defenses, two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and nine special teams tackles.
  • With an interception vs. Green Bay (11/28/13), Levy became the third Lions linebacker in team history to record six interceptions in a season and first since Hall of Fame LB Joe Schmidt in 1958.
    • He joined Hall of Fame C-LB Alex Wojciechowicz (1944) and Schmidt as the only linebackers to record six picks in a season.
    • Levy now has 11 career interceptions and is the seventh Lions linebacker in team history with 11+ interceptions.
  • Surpassed 400 tackles for his career with five tackles (three solo) in Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27/13).
  • Moved to starting middle linebacker position in 2010 after playing outside as a rookie. Emerged as one of the league’s top rookie linebackers in 2009.
  • Voted by his teammates for the Chuck Hughes Most Improved Player Award in 2009.
  • Became a regular starter for the team’s linebacker corps mid-way through his rookie season.

2013: Core member of a fierce Lions linebacking group with sharp awareness in the open field. Finished second on the team in tackles with a career-high 118 (85 solo). His six interceptions (76 yards; 1 TD) were tied for second-most in the League, and he also posted a career-high 16 pass defenses. Levy became the third Lions linebacker in team history to record six interceptions in a season and first since Hall of Fame LB Joe Schmidt in 1958.

  • Led the team in tackles with seven (four solo), including one tackle for loss, while also recording one quarterback hit, one interception and one pass defense in Week 1 vs. Minnesota (9/8). His interception was returned for a touchdown, but was called back due to a penalty on the return.
  • Tied for third on the team in tackles with five (all solo) and also posted a pass defense and his second consecutive interception, picking off QB Carson Palmer, that he returned 66 yards for his second career touchdown in Week 2 at Arizona (9/15).
  • Led the team in tackles with nine (six solo) in Week 3 at Washington (9/22).
  • Tied for second on the team in tackles with seven (four solo) and posted one pass defense in Week 4 vs. Chicago (9/29).
  • Led the team in tackles with a career-high 14 (11 solo), including three tackles for loss and had one pass defense in Week 5 at Green Bay (10/6).
  • Intercepted two passes, led the team in tackles with eight (seven solo) and posted two pass defenses in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13). With two interceptions, Levy became the first Lions linebacker to intercept two passes in a game since LB Mike Johnson grabbed two at Houston December 10, 1995.
  • Finished second on the team in tackles with eight (seven solo) and posted one pass defense in Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (10/20).
  • Registered five tackles (three solo), including one tackle for loss in Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27).
  • Finished second on the team in tackles with five (three solo), including one tackle for loss in Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27), giving him over 400 tackles for his career (402).
  • In Week 10 at Chicago (11/10) intercepted a pass for the fifth time this season, and he became the fifth Lions linebacker in team history to record five interceptions in a season and first since LB Jimmy Williams in 1989. Also had six tackles (five solo) and a pass defense.
  • Levy’s interception was the 10th of his career, and he became the seventh linebacker in team history to record 10 career interceptions.
  • Led the team in tackles with 12 (eight solo), including two tackles for loss, and posted two pass defenses in Week 11 at Pittsburgh (11/17).
  • Finished second on the team in tackles with nine (six solo) and had one pass defense in Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay (11/24).
  • Posted four tackles (one solo), one interception and two pass defenses in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (11/28).
    • With an interception vs. Green Bay (11/28), Levy became the third Lions linebacker in team history to record six interceptions in a season and first since Hall of Fame LB Joe Schmidt in 1958. He joined Hall of Fame C-LB Alex Wojciechowicz (1944) and Schmidt as the only linebackers to record six picks in a season. Also posted five tackles (one solo) and two pass defenses.
  • Had five tackles (three solo) in Week 14 at Philadelphia (12/8).
  • Recorded five tackles (four solo) and two quarterback hits in Week 15 vs. Baltimore (12/16).
  • Finished second on the team in tackles with seven (six solo), including one tackle for loss, and posted a pass defense in Week 16 vs. New York Giants (12/22).
  • Finished second on the team in tackles with seven (five solo) and had one pass defense in Week 17 at Minnesota (12/29).

2012: Finished third on the team in tackles in 2012 with 72 (50 solo) one interception and one fumble recovery.

  • Led the team in tackles with nine solo tackles, two of which were for loss, in the Lions’ 29-17 loss at San Francisco (9/16) in Week 2.
  • Tied for third on team six total tackles in the Lions’ 27-23 win over St.Louis on opening day (9/9). Helped hold Rams QB Sam Bradford to only 198 through the air while also limiting RB Steven Jackson to only 53 rushing yards.
  • Finished fourth on the team in tackles with six (three solo) in the Lions’ Wee 3 44-41 (OT) loss at Tennessee (9/23).
  • Led the Lions in tackles for the second time this season with nine (eight solo) vs. Minnesota (9/30) in Week 4.
  • Had one solo tackle at Philadelphia in Week 6 (10/14).
  • Finished fourth on the team in tackles with five solo, including one tackle for loss in the Lions’ 13-7 loss at Chicago in Week 7 (10/22). Also had one pass defense.
  • Inactive vs. Seattle in Week 8 (10/28) and at Jacksonville in Week 9 (11/4) with a hamstring injury.
  • Returned to action in Week 10 at Minnesota (11/11) and finished fourth on the team in tackles with seven (five solo), including two tackles for loss.
  • Finished second on the team in tackles with eight total tackles (six solo), including one tackle for loss, in Week 11 vs. Green Bay (11/18).
  • Assisted on three tackles in Week 12 vs. Houston on Thanksgiving Day (11/22).
  • Had three tackles (two solo) in Week 13 vs. Indianapolis (12/2).
  • Had five tackles (two solo) in Week 14 at Green Bay (12/9).
  • Recorded his fifth-career interception and had three solo tackles in Week 15 at Arizona (12/16).
  • Had eight tackles (four solo), one of which was a tackle for loss, in Week 16 vs. Atlanta (12/22).
  • Finished second on the team in tackles with nine (five solo), including one tackle for loss, in Week 17 vs. Chicago (12/30).

2011: Moved from the middle to outside linebacker. Second on the club with 107 tackles (72 solo) and one sack. 2011 marked the first time in his career he has reached 100 tackles in a season and it was his first year stating all 16 games.

  • Was part of a defensive unit that allowed just 56 yards on the ground against the Buccaneers (9/11). It was the lowest rushing total allowed by the Lions on the road in a season opener since allowing 31 yards at Seattle September 12, 1999. It was also their lowest rushing total allowed overall on opening day since limiting the Green Bay Packers to 46 yards September 11, 2005.
  • Recorded seven tackles (second-best among team) vs. Kansas City (9/18). Was part of a team effort that registered six turnovers in the game against the Chiefs, including three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. It marked the first time since the Lions claimed a 24-17 win at Houston (Oilers, 12/10/95) that the team had 3 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries.
  • Tied a then-personal career best with 12 tackles vs. San Francisco (10/16). His 12 stops (seven solo) led the team.
  • Led the team with 10 tackles (5 solo) vs. Atlanta (10/23).
  • Was the team’s leader in tackles with eight during their 49-35 win vs. Carolina (11/20). He also added an interception in the third quarter, picking off QB Cam Newton and returning it seven yards. It was his fourth career interception and the first of the season.
  • Recorded four tackles and his first-career sack vs. Minnesota (12/11).

2009: Played in all 16 games and started in 10. According to NFL.com rankings, he ranked third among rookie linebackers with 85 tackles (including special teams tackles) and tied for fourth among all rookies.

  • Recorded first-career interception at Green Bay (10/18) and seven tackles (five solo).
  • Tied his career-high with eight tackles (4 solo) vs. Cleveland (11/22).
  • Tallied eight tackles (five solo) vs. Green Bay (11/26).
  • Made seven stops (four solo) including one behind the line of scrimmage at Cincinnati (12/6).
  • Posted a team-best eight tackles (five solo), tying his career-high while also recording a pass defense at San Francisco (12/27).
  • Set a then-career-high with 12 tackles (eight solo) vs. Chicago (1/3) including one tackle-for-loss.

COLLEGE
The defense's sparkplug from the strong-side linebacker position at Wisconsin, Levy provided the Badgers with a quality blitzer and the quickness to easily cover receivers on deep routes. As a senior in 2008, Levy started in all 13 games at strong side linebacker and ranked second on the team with 73 tackles (28 solo) and five sacks for minus 41 yards.

  • In 21 of his last 39 games, he registered at least one tackle behind the line of scrimmage or a sack.
  • Creating turnovers became his specialty as he blocked one kick, intercepted two passes, caused six fumbles and registered six fumble recoveries during his time in the starting lineup.
  • Levy closed out his career with 211 tackles (116 solo), 15.0 sacks for minus 105 yards, 28.0 stops for losses totaling 155 yards and 10 QB pressures. Also caused six fumbles and recovered six others, returning one 45 yards, deflected seven passes, intercepted two others and blocked a kick.
  • Started all 13 games at strong-side linebacker in 2008 and ranked second on the team with 73 tackles (28 solos), collecting five sacks for minus 41 yards, 9.5 stops for losses of 51 yards and one quarterback pressure. All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention by the league's coaches and media. Recipient of the Tom Wiesner Award, given to a senior football player who most exemplifies the leadership and courage that Tom Wiesner displayed throughout his life.
  • In 2007, Levy started all 13 games at strong-side linebacker as a junior. Finished second on the team with 70 tackles (49 solos) and placed third on the Badgers with 10 stops for losses of 53 yards. Credited with three sacks for minus 19 yards and two quarterback pressures. Caused two fumbles, recovered two others and deflected a pair of passes.
  • Took over strong-side linebacker chores as a sophomore in 2006, ranking fourth on the team with 50 tackles (26 solos), including a career-high six sacks for minus 38 yards, leading the squad in that category. Accounted for 7.5 stops for losses totaling 44 yards and made seven pressures. Caused and recovered a pair of fumbles. Deflected two passes and intercepted another. Earned Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors.
  • Played in 11 games as a true freshman (2005). Listed as a reserve at strong-side linebacker, but made his most impact on special teams. Finished with 18 tackles (13 solos), a 7-yard sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

PERSONAL
Attended Vincent (Milwaukee, Wisc.) High School, playing football for head coach Elliot Lightfoot.

  • Midwest Top 100 selection by Super Prep during his senior year.
  • The two-time All-Conference selection added All-State first-team honors as a senior.
  • Served as team captain in each of his last three seasons, twice earning squad Most Valuable Player honors.
  • In his final season, the linebacker recorded 84 tackles, including 21 stops behind the line of scrimmage, along with five quarterback sacks and four forced fumbles. Also saw action on offense that year, catching 12 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Added letters in basketball and track.
  • Sociology major at Wisconsin.
  • Son of Paula and Rodney Levy. Born March 26, 1987.

LEVY’S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • Tackles: 14 at GB 10/6/13
  • Interceptions: 2 at Cle 10/13/13
  • Interception Return Yards: 66 at Ari 9/15/13
  • Pass Defenses: 2 (four times) Last vs. GB 11/28/13
  • Fumbles Forced: 1 (twice) Last vs. Min 12/11/11
  • Fumble Recoveries: 1 (five times) Last at Ten 9/23/12
  • Special Teams Tackles: 2 at NO 9/13/09

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