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Mike Adams

Assistant Defensive Backs

College: Delaware

Hometown: Paterson, NJ

Biography

Adams was hired as assistant defensive backs coach on February 2, 2021, his first coaching role following a stellar 16-year playing career in the NFL.

An undrafted free agent out of Delaware, Adams was a two-time Pro Bowl safety with 10 seasons as a primary starter. He appeared in 228 games (149 starts) with 869 tackles (653 solo), 90 passes defensed, 30 interceptions, 15 tackles for loss and 13 forced fumbles. Adams also was active through four postseason runs, appearing in 10 playoff games (8 starts) with one Super Bowl appearance (XLVIII) with the Denver Broncos. He had his best statistical seasons in 2014 and 2015 with the Colts, totaling 162 tackles, 10 interceptions for 87 yards and a touchdown, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries while earning Pro Bowl invites in each of those seasons.

A native of Paterson, N.J., Adams (1999-03) was teammates with Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy (1997-2000) for two seasons with the Delaware Blue Hens. Adams was a co-captain on UD's 2003 NCAA title team, went undrafted in 2004 and earned his first NFL opportunity as a member of the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.

Adams would go on to play three seasons with the 49ers (2004-06), kick-starting a career that included stints in Cleveland (2007-11), Denver (2012-13), Indianapolis (2014-16), Carolina (2017-18) and Houston (2019). His 228 games played in the NFL are the most by a University of Delaware player and his 21 takeaways from 2014 through 2017 ranked third in the NFL at the time.

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