2011: Moved from the middle to outside linebacker. Through 15 games, he is the team’s second leading tackler with 100 tackles (68 solo) and 1 sack. It is the first time in his career he has reached 100 tackles in a season.
- Was part of a defensive unit that allowed just 56 yards on the ground against the Buccaneers (9/11). It is 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. No Bucs running back rushed for more than 15 yards and just 1 of their 17 first downs came on the ground. Tampa’s leading rusher was QB Josh Freeman, who finished with 26 yards.
- In the first half, the defense allowed just 6 points and limited the Bucs to just 8:15 of possession time in the first two quarters.
- Recorded 7 tackles (second-best among team) vs. Kansas City (9/18). Was part of a team effort that registered 6 turnovers in the game against the Chiefs, including 3 interceptions and 3 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.
- After a slow first half at Minnesota (9/25), allowing the Vikings to gain 124 yards on 16 carries (7.8 avg.) in the first half, the Lions defense helped the team’s come-from-behind win by stuffing the run in the second half yielding just 8 rushing yards on 7 carries (1.1 avg.). Vikings’ All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson recorded 73 yards on 12 rushes in the first half, but wash held to just 5 yards on 5 carries by the Lions in the second half. Contributed 3 tackles in the defensive effort.
- With 11:40 left to play in the fourth quarter and trailing 20-17, the Lions stuffed the Vikings on fourth-and-1 at the Lions 17-yard line. The Lions followed up with a scoring drive that culminated in a 40-yard game-tying field goal.
- Finished second on team with 10 tackles (6 solo) at Dallas (10/2).
- Tied a personal career best with 12 tackles vs. San Francisco (10/16). His 12 stops (7 solo) led the team.
- Led the team with 10 tackles (5 solo) vs. Atlanta (10/23).
- Recorded 4 tackles, including one for a loss, at Denver (10/30).
- Had 6 tackles, including three for loss, at Chicago (11/13).
- Was the team’s leader in tackles with 8 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 7 yards. It was his fourth career interception and the first of this season.
- Recorded 4 tackles and a sack vs. Minnesota (12/11). The sack occurred on the game’s final play when the Vikings had the ball on the Lions’ 1-yard line, down by six points with 9 seconds remaining. QB Joe Webb rolled to the left and Levy was there for the sack, causing a fumble that would be recovered by Detroit’s Cliff Avril securing the win.
- The sack vs. Minnesota (12/11) was his first career sack.
- Was second on the team with 9 tackles at Oakland (12/18).
- Recorded 6 tackles in the win over the San Diego Chargers (12/24).
2010: Levy battled through injuries and solidified team's starting middle linebacker. Recorded 72 tackles (54 solo) in 11 games (11 solo).
- Was inactive for the season opener at Chicago (9/12) and vs. Philadelphia (9/19) due to a groin injury.
- Returned to the starting line-up at Minnesota (9/26), recording 2 solo stops.
- Inactive at Green Bay (10/3), vs. St. Louis (10/10) and at the New York Giants (10/17) due to a groin injury.
- Returned to starting lineup against Washington (10/31) after being out three weeks due to a groin injury. Recorded four tackles (4 solo).
- Led the team with 10 tackles (9 solo) against the New York Jets (11/7).
- Recorded 6 tackles (3 solo) at Buffalo (11/14). Had one forced fumble.
- Led team with 6 solo (7 total) tackles at Dallas (11/21). Fumble recovery near end of second half to set up Nate Burleson touchdown catch from Shaun Hill.
- Recorded six tackles (2 solo) against Chicago (12/5).
- Led team with 8 tackles (2 solo), two pass defenses and interception against Green Bay (12/12). Interception in endzone that stopped Green Bay's drive.
- Led the team with 11 tackles (11 solo) along with one pass defense at Tampa Bay (12/19).
- Capped off Lions fourth quarter come-from-behind win at Miami (12/26) when he returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown that broke a 27-27 tie with 2:11 left in the game and catapulted the Lions victory. It was his third career interception and first career interception return for a touchdown. Along with the interception, Levy finished the game with 4 tackles.
- Levy's interception return for touchdown against the Dolphins marked just the third time since 1991 that a Lions player has returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that gave the Lions the lead in a victory. The last time it occurred was when CB Keith Smith returned an interception 64 yards for a touchdown with 13:14 in the fourth quarter vs. the Chicago Bears September 30, 2007 to make the score 17-3 (Lions won 37-27). Previous to that, the last time only other time it has occurred since 1991 was when CB Sheldon White (now the team's VP of Pro Personnel) returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown with 9:41 to play in the fourth quarter at Buffalo December 22, 1991 that gave the Lions a 14-7 lead which helped the claim a 17-14 win in overtime.
- Levy became the first Lions linebacker to return an interception for a touchdown since LB Paris Lenon registered a 61-yard interception return for a score vs. Kansas City December 23, 2007.
- Led team with 11 tackles (4 solo) in season-ending win vs. Minnesota (1/2).
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.
- Made eight tackles (seven solo) at Chicago (10/4) and forced a fumble.
- Garnered four tackles (four solo) vs. Pittsburgh (10/11).
- 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 defensed at San Francisco (12/27).
- Set a 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 with 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 sack 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 also blocked a kick.
2008: Started all 13 games at strong-side linebacker. 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. Also recovered two fumbles, advancing one 45 yards to set up a Badgers scoring drive. Gained one yard on an INT return and deflected three other passes. Part of a defense that allowed the opponent to gain an average of 329.08 yards per game in total offense.
- 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.
2007: Levy started all 13 games at strong-side linebacker. 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.
- Earned Big Ten Conference Player of the Week honors vs. Indiana and team Player of the Game accolades in the Penn State and Northern Illinois clashes.
- Earned All-MAC second-team honors.
2006: Took over strong-side linebacker chores, 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 for7.5 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.
- Named the team's Player of the Game vs. Western Illinois.
- Also blocked a kick. Helped the Badgers rank fifth in the nation in total defense (253.08 ypg) and second in scoring defense (12.08 ppg).
2005: Played in 11 games as a true freshman. 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.
HIGH SCHOOL: 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 touch-downs. Added letters in basketball and track.
- Sociology major.
- Son of Paula and Rodney Levy.
- Born March 26, 1987.
- Resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
LEVY'S SINGLE-GAME BESTS:
- Tackles: 12 vs. Chi 1/3/10
- Sacks: 1 vs. Min 12/11/11
- Interceptions 1 (twice) last at Mia 12/26/10
- Pass Defenses: 2 vs. GB 12/12/10
- Fumbles Forced: 1 at Chi 10/4/09
- Fumble Recoveries: 1 (four times) Last at Dal 11/21/10
- Special Teams Tackles: 2 at NO 9/13/09