A football, basketball and track star at Page High School, Maurice Spencer continued his football career at North Carolina Central and in the NFL. Spencer played on three MEAC championship teams at NCCU and played in the Senior Bowl and East-West games. Spencer was the first defensive back taken in the 1974 draft, by New Orleans, and played there four years, starting 30 games. While with the Saints, Spencer won the Most Valuable Defensive Player Award and distinguished himself as a Guinness Book World Record Holder for the most fumbles recovered in a game. After a career-ending spinal injury with the Saints, Spencer successfully received an operation with a cervical spinal fusion and rehabilitation at Duke Medical Center, which became the impetus for the The Spencer Foundation for Spinal Cord Research and Rehabilitation at Duke. Spencer has been a successful television commentator and producer and has coached on the professional level in the NFL’s European League with the London Monarchs.