Takeo Spikes, who was an all-star linebacker in the NFL for 15 years, recently celebrated a major off-thefield victory: the publication of his first book, Behind the Mask.

More than 150 friends and acquaintances joined the two-time Pro Bowl player at The Estate in Buckhead to commemorate the new book, which features interviews with some of the game’s greatest linebackers, including Hall-of-Famers Mike Singletary and the late Chuck Bednarik, along with photographs that Spikes himself took. Numerous former players were on hand to toast his achievement, including Bobby Bell, Willie Lanier and Warrick Dunn. Guests enjoyed a live band, all sorts of delicious eats and a speech by Spikes in which he personally thanked many of those in attendance. The book launch, which began with a public signing a few nights before at Taco Cowboy in Midtown, raised $10,000 for the Grant D Knowledge Foundation, started by another former NFL star, Deon Grant.

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