Martrell Spaight joins the Pirates for his first season in 2021. This is Spaight’s second pro football career as he announced his first retirement in May 2019. After being drafted by the Washington Football Team in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft, 141st overall, he spent the next few years in the NFL. Spaight moved from outside to inside linebacker to fit into Washington’s defensive schemes and snagged his first career interception against the Green Bay Packers in 2016. The Miami Dolphins picked up Spaight after he was released in 2018. Soon after, the Dolphins released Spaight but he was picked up again, this time by the Jacksonville Jaguars. A month later in January 2019, Spaight, again released, signed a reserve contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. He finished his NFL career with 107 tackles, 2 pass deflections, and 1 interception. Spaight’s infectious on-field energy will be a welcome addition to the Pirates defense.
In 2014 Spaight, as a senior, played outside linebacker for the University of Arkansas. His SEC leading 128 tackles made him a consensus First-Team All-SEC selection. Spaight led the team in tackles ten times during the season and tied a career-high 15 tackles in a game against MIssouri. After a game against LSU in which he had 10 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble he was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week. In his final game as a Razorback, a victory over Texas in the Texas Bowl, Spaight helped in the 31-7 victory, contributing 5 tackles. To finish his college career, Spaight was invited to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
As a junior in 2013 Spaight made his first career college start against Samford and recorded 7 tackles, including 4 solo. He saw action in nine games that season, finishing with 22 tackles and 1 sack. A year prior Spaight finished a two-year stint at Coffeyville Community College. He was a two-time junior college All-American and was named Jayhawk Community College Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Spaight recorded 130 tackles, 13.5 for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 3 pass break-ups, 1 forced fumble, and 1 blocked kick. His tackle total was good for fourth place on the Coffeyville all-time list. Spaight will be entering his age-27 season with Massachusetts this season.