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One of the Buccaneers top special teams performers in his first season with the team in 2009… Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay on March 2, 2009… Spent the 2008 season with Denver after playing for Seattle in his first four years in the league from 2004-07… Has played in 89 games with two starts in the regular season, as well as eight games with one start in the postseason… Totaled 54 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed, in addition to 87 career special teams tackles… Added five tackles on defense and eight special teams stops in the playoffs… Including postseason, has recorded 28 contests with multiple stops on special teams during his NFL career… Led the Buccaneers with 18 special teams tackles in 2009… His 60 special teams tackles during his first four years with Seattle ranked seventh in the NFL… Helped the Seahawks join Indianapolis and New England as one of three clubs in the NFL to win their division in each of the four years from 2004-07 and was a key member of Seattle’s 2005 squad that played in Super Bowl XL… Tied for fourth in the NFL with a career-high 20 special-teams tackles in 15 games played for Seattle in 2007… Registered a personal-best 46 defensive tackles and one sack along with a team-high 16 special-teams stops in 16 games with two starts for the Seahawks as a rookie in 2004… Joined the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent on March 3, 2008… Selected by Seattle in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft.
2009: Played in all 16 games… Appeared on special teams in season opener against Dallas (9/13)… Posted two special teams tackles at Buffalo (9/20)… Saw majority of action on special teams vs. N.Y. Giants (9/27)… Tallied two special teams tackles at Washington (10/4)… Posted one special teams tackle at Philadelphia (10/11)… Had one special teams tackle vs. Carolina (10/18)… Led the team with three special teams tackles vs. New England (10/25)… Tied for the team lead with three special teams tackles vs. Green Bay (11/8)… Posted one special teams stop at Miami (11/15)… Appeared on special teams vs. New Orleans (11/22) and at Atlanta (11/29)… Posted one special teams tackle at Carolina (12/6)… Led team with three special teams tackles vs. N.Y. Jets (12/13)… Saw action on special teams at Seattle (12/20)… Had one special teams tackle at New Orleans (12/27)… Saw action on special teams vs. Atlanta (1/3).
2008: Played in 14 games (all but vs. Buffalo and at San Diego) in first season with Denver Tied for third on the club with nine special teams tackles Added two tackles on defense Posted three games with two or more special teams stops Led the team with two special teams tackles against New Orleans (9/21) Had two tackles on special teams vs. Jacksonville (10/12) Saw his first defensive action of the season at Cleveland (11/6) in place of injured LB Nate Webster and recorded two tackles Registered three solo special teams tackles at N.Y. Jets (11/30).
2007: Led the Seahawks with 20 special-teams stops in 15 games in his fourth professional season... Recorded eight games with multiple special teams tackles, including three contests with three special teams stops... Totaled four tackles (two solo) and one pass breakup on defense... Also played in the clubs two postseason games... Saw limited action at linebacker at San Francisco (9/30) while posting a team-high three special teams stops and one forced fumble on a kickoff... Had two tackles on defense at Pittsburgh (10/7)... Made three tackles on special teams vs. St. Louis (10/21)... Subbed at linebacker for Lofa Tatupu (oblique) during the second half at St. Louis (11/25) and had one solo tackle... Declared inactive vs. Atlanta (12/30) after injuring his knee during practice.
2006: Played on special teams only in all 16 games for Seattle, tying for the team lead (Kevin Bentley) with 14 special teams tackles... Registered multiple special teams tackles in three games... Played in both of Seattles postseason games, making one tackle on special teams in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Chicago (1/14)... Posted two special teams tackles vs. N.Y. Giants (9/24), at Kansas City (10/29) and vs. San Diego (12/24)... Had a four-game streak with at least one special teams tackle (Games 4-7).
2005: Posted 10 special teams stops, tying for sixth on the team, and had two defensive tackles (one solo) in 12 games to help Seattle post a 13-3 record and advance to Super Bowl XL... Added seven special teams tackles in three postseason contests... Had two games in the regular season with multiple special teams tackles (three vs. N.Y. Giants 11/27 and two vs. San Francisco 12/11)... Recorded a career-high four special teams stops vs. Washington (1/14) in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game and two tackles on coverage units vs. Pittsburgh (2/1) in Super Bowl XL... Saw time at linebacker at Philadelphia (12/5) and vs. San Francisco (12/11), collecting one tackle in each contest.
2004: Played all 16 games with two starts as a rookie for Seattle, compiling 46 tackles (38 solo) and one sack while leading the club with 16 special teams tackles... Started the last two games of the regular season and the clubs NFC Wild Card Game vs. St. Louis (1/8), making five tackles (three solo) in that game... Posted a career-high nine tackles at N.Y. Jets (12/19) and recorded his first career sack with a one-yard takedown of A.J. Feeley vs. Miami (11/21).
Totaled 296 tackles (180 solo) and 17 passes defensed in 50 career games (32 starts) at Purdue University... Earned first-team All-Big Ten Conference honors as a senior, starting every game and compiling 101 tackles (57 solo), two interceptions and four passes defensed... Led the Boilermakers with a career-high 121 tackles (80 solo) while posting four sacks and three interceptions in 13 starts as a junior... Played every game at Purdue during his first two seasons Majored in organizational leadership and supervision at Purdue.
Attended Milford Academy (Milford, CT) for a post-graduate season after graduating from Plainville High School in Plainville, Connecticut... Led Milford Academy in sacks and placed second on the team in tackles... Earned honorable mention all-state and all-conference honors at Plainville High School, where he was the team captain and was selected as its most valuable player... Born Niko Koutouvides (NEE-koh KOO-tah-VEE-dees) on March 25, 1981 in New Britain, Connecticut.
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