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Donnie Nickey
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Personal information
Born: (1980-04-25) April 25, 1980 (age 43)
Plain City, Ohio, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Plain City (OH) Alder
College:Ohio State
NFL draft:2003 / Round: 5 / Pick: 154
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:114
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at · PFR

Donnie Orvin Nickey (born April 25, 1980) is a former American football safety. He played college football at Ohio State and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Early years

Nickey attended Jonathan Alder High School in Plain City, Ohio, wore number 2, and was an All-Ohio running back. He also played free safety in football. In addition to his football talent, he was selected as an All-State center fielder as part of the 1998 OHSAA State Championship baseball team.

College career

Nickey was a co-captain with Mike Doss on the 2002 NCAA National Championship team.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
220 lb
(100 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.65 s 1.59 s 2.72 s 4.16 s 7.08 s 33+12 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
17 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[1]

Nickey was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round (19th pick) of the 2003 NFL Draft.[2] He played his entire career with the Titans. Most of his time playing was on special teams, where he had been labeled as an 'Ace'.[citation needed] In 2010, while with the Titans, Nickey was ejected from a game against the San Diego Chargers after he shoved an official in the back during a retaliation with Chargers player Scott Mruczkowski.[citation needed] He was released by the Titans on July 25, 2011, after spending eight seasons with the team.[3]

Personal life

Nickey is married and currently lives in Dublin, Ohio.[citation needed] As of April 2017, he is entering his second year as varsity Head Coach of the Jackson-North Side Indians.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Donnie Nickey, Ohio State, FS, 2003 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football".
  2. ^ "2003 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  3. ^ NFL Transactions Report, December 30, 2011