Elbert Martin “E. J.” Speed, a linebacker with the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts, was born on June 1, 1995. (NFL). At Tarleton State, E. J. Speed played collegiate football.
Speed was raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from North Crowley High School.
Speed was voted first-team All-District as a senior after passing for 3,000 yards, rushing for 350 yards, and receiving 30 passes for 400 yards with two touchdowns. Speed played both quarterback and wide receiver for the Panthers football team.
E. J. Speed received scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Colorado, and Colorado State and was rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Texas Football.
However, after learning that his stepbrother had cancer, E. J. Speed chose to play college football at NCAA Division II Tarleton State University in order to be near his family.
Speed played for the Tarleton State Texans for five seasons, redshirting his second campaign due to injury.
Although E. J. Speed was first recruited to play quarterback, he was eventually switched to wide receiver and then, following his redshirt season, to linebacker.
The following season, E. J. Speed was forced to redshirt once more due to an injury. With little playing time, Speed finished third on the team with 68 tackles in his rookie season, including 13 for loss, six sacks, a Division II-high five forced fumbles, and was chosen second-team All-Lone Star Conference (LSC).
As a junior, E. J. Speed only participated in five games due to injury but made a total of 41 tackles (8.5 for loss).
AFC Special Teams Player of the Week was awarded to Speed in Week 10 of the 2021 campaign when he returned a blocked punt 12 yards for a touchdown in a 23-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Speed scored his second touchdown of the year in Week 15 against the New England Patriots, 27-17, when he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.
E. J. Speed was born on the 1st day of June, 1995. E. J. Speed was born in Fort Worth, Texas.