Troy Steven Apke was born on April 11, 1995, he is an American football defensive back and special teamer for the Washington Commanders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State and was drafted by Washington in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
During his freshman season at Penn State, Apke played four games on special teams, totaling two tackles. In his sophomore year, he played in all 13 games, starting one. He finished the season with 26 total tackles, one forced fumble, and one pass deflection. During his junior season, Apke played in all 14 games starting one again. On October 1, he recorded a career-high six tackles and one pass deflection in a win over Minnesota.
Coming into the 2019 season Apke was expected to be a contributor on special teams. Through the first six weeks Apke had three tackles. In week 7 versus the San Francisco 49ers, Apke saw significant action on defense after an injury to starting safety Montae Nicholson. Apke had an interception, the first of his career, as well as a pass deflection and 6 tackles in just under a half of action in a 0–9 loss.
In 2020, Apke was named the starting free safety after beating out Sean Davis during training camp. Due to poor performance to start the season, he lost his starting position after Week 5. He converted to cornerback in 2021, making him the first white NFL player at the position since Jason Sehorn in 2003.
Apke re-signed with the team on March 17, 2022. He was released on August 16, 2022, but re-signed to their practice squad on August 31. He was released again on October 5, 2022, but re-signed back to the practice squad on October 21.
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