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Buckeye Classics: Chris Spielman excerpt
Buckeye Classics: Chris Spielman excerpt
Published: 2007/09/22
Channel: Chuck Brown
Chris Spielman sues Ohio State over athlete likenesses
Chris Spielman sues Ohio State over athlete likenesses
Published: 2017/07/14
Channel: NBC4 WCMH-TV Columbus
Spielman, Chris [Lions-Bills] [1998]
Spielman, Chris [Lions-Bills] [1998]
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: CURTIS EAKER
Spiel.man
Spiel.man
Published: 2012/12/30
Channel: Rob Paschall
Throwback Thursday: Chris Spielman highlights
Throwback Thursday: Chris Spielman highlights
Published: 2017/06/01
Channel: OnePrideTv
Chalk Talk: Interview with Chris Spielman, Part 1
Chalk Talk: Interview with Chris Spielman, Part 1
Published: 2015/04/23
Channel: Lantern TV
Cris Carter & Chris Spielman - Michigan vs Ohio State - HBO The Rivalry
Cris Carter & Chris Spielman - Michigan vs Ohio State - HBO The Rivalry
Published: 2012/02/09
Channel: veryfewrtrue
Buckeye Classics Episode 205 Spielman
Buckeye Classics Episode 205 Spielman
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: Buckeye Classics
Chris Spielman 9/28/2015
Chris Spielman 9/28/2015
Published: 2015/09/29
Channel: WOSNsports
Chris Spielman breaks down the NFL after Sunday
Chris Spielman breaks down the NFL after Sunday's Week 7 action | THE HERD
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: The Herd with Colin Cowherd
Lions draft review with Chris Spielman: Day 3
Lions draft review with Chris Spielman: Day 3
Published: 2017/05/02
Channel: OnePrideTv
3 & Out with Chris Spielman: Week 12
3 & Out with Chris Spielman: Week 12
Published: 2016/11/29
Channel: OnePrideTv
Lions draft review with Chris Spielman: Day 1
Lions draft review with Chris Spielman: Day 1
Published: 2017/04/28
Channel: OnePrideTv
Chris Spielman vs. The Reporter
Chris Spielman vs. The Reporter
Published: 2008/10/14
Channel: WBNSradio
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with Chris Spielman
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with Chris Spielman
Published: 2014/08/22
Channel: Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute
Spielman: That
Spielman: That's why I'm here
Published: 2012/04/30
Channel: espnamerica
BTN LiveBIG  Chris Spielman, Ohio St
BTN LiveBIG Chris Spielman, Ohio St
Published: 2012/11/01
Channel: lakersfan147
Lions draft review with Chris Spielman: Day 2
Lions draft review with Chris Spielman: Day 2
Published: 2017/04/29
Channel: OnePrideTv
Whitlock 1-on-1: Chris Spielman says Kap can say whatever he wants if he wins | SPEAK FOR YOURSELF
Whitlock 1-on-1: Chris Spielman says Kap can say whatever he wants if he wins | SPEAK FOR YOURSELF
Published: 2016/11/29
Channel: Speak For Yourself with Cowherd and Whitlock
Chris Spielman may have said N***er
Chris Spielman may have said N***er
Published: 2011/11/26
Channel: goat0228
INTERVIEW: NBC4 Talks With Chris Spielman
INTERVIEW: NBC4 Talks With Chris Spielman
Published: 2012/05/17
Channel: NBC4 WCMH-TV Columbus
Chris Spielman 24yd INT return-TD - 1987 Cotton Bowl
Chris Spielman 24yd INT return-TD - 1987 Cotton Bowl
Published: 2008/06/13
Channel: ourhonordefend
Faith on the Field  - Chris Spielman
Faith on the Field - Chris Spielman
Published: 2015/10/08
Channel: WTLWTV44
Lions draft preview with Chris Spielman: pre-draft
Lions draft preview with Chris Spielman: pre-draft
Published: 2017/04/25
Channel: OnePrideTv
Cancer Survivors Day 2012- Chris Spielman
Cancer Survivors Day 2012- Chris Spielman
Published: 2012/10/05
Channel: Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute
CFBHoF Member Chris Spielman
CFBHoF Member Chris Spielman
Published: 2012/06/04
Channel: CollegeFBHoF1
Video: ESPN Chris Spielman full interview Sep 4 2015
Video: ESPN Chris Spielman full interview Sep 4 2015
Published: 2015/09/04
Channel: BYUtv Sports
Chris Spielman of Fox Sports previews NFL Draft
Chris Spielman of Fox Sports previews NFL Draft
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: Spotlight Productions
Chris Spielman Explains the Ohio State-Michigan Rivalry on ESPN
Chris Spielman Explains the Ohio State-Michigan Rivalry on ESPN
Published: 2009/06/22
Channel: xxtotaldominationxx
The Spielman Gridiron Classic 2013: A word from Chris Spielman
The Spielman Gridiron Classic 2013: A word from Chris Spielman
Published: 2013/07/10
Channel: Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute
3 & Out with Chris Spielman: Bye Week
3 & Out with Chris Spielman: Bye Week
Published: 2016/11/15
Channel: OnePrideTv
3 & Out with Chris Spielman: Week 16
3 & Out with Chris Spielman: Week 16
Published: 2016/12/28
Channel: OnePrideTv
3 & Out with Chris Spielman: Week 9
3 & Out with Chris Spielman: Week 9
Published: 2016/11/09
Channel: OnePrideTv
Chris Spielman
Chris Spielman
Published: 2013/07/26
Channel: GridironGreats
NFL Great Blasts Ezekiel Elliott ...
NFL Great Blasts Ezekiel Elliott ... 'Insane to Justify His Behavior' | TMZ Sports
Published: 2017/03/16
Channel: TMZSports
Chris Spielman - Avoiding Targeting Instant Analysis
Chris Spielman - Avoiding Targeting Instant Analysis
Published: 2013/09/09
Channel: ESPNU Campus Connection
3 & Out with Chris Spielman: Season Review
3 & Out with Chris Spielman: Season Review
Published: 2017/01/20
Channel: OnePrideTv
Chris and Stefanie Spielman - "I Got You Babe"
Chris and Stefanie Spielman - "I Got You Babe"
Published: 2009/11/20
Channel: mpuskarich
Chris Spielman, 2011 Walter Camp Football Foundation Alumni Award
Chris Spielman, 2011 Walter Camp Football Foundation Alumni Award
Published: 2012/11/05
Channel: TheWaltercampFF
Jim Tressel and Chris Spielman Camp Pep Talk
Jim Tressel and Chris Spielman Camp Pep Talk
Published: 2010/07/21
Channel: Daren Neff
Valenti and Foster - Chris Spielman says that Matthew Stafford is a top 5 QB in NFL regarding talent
Valenti and Foster - Chris Spielman says that Matthew Stafford is a top 5 QB in NFL regarding talent
Published: 2016/08/15
Channel: 97.1 The Ticket
3 & Out with Chris Spielman: Week 13
3 & Out with Chris Spielman: Week 13
Published: 2016/12/06
Channel: OnePrideTv
Chris Spielman blasts Terrelle Pryor
Chris Spielman blasts Terrelle Pryor
Published: 2011/05/31
Channel: tSportsBrewery
Chalk Talk: Interview with Chris Spielman, Part 2
Chalk Talk: Interview with Chris Spielman, Part 2
Published: 2015/04/24
Channel: Lantern TV
OSU Football Roundtable with Chris Spielman and Kids
OSU Football Roundtable with Chris Spielman and Kids
Published: 2013/09/04
Channel: Luc Nutter
Chris Spielman - Oklahoma Christian Q&A
Chris Spielman - Oklahoma Christian Q&A
Published: 2014/05/08
Channel: OklahomaChristian
Chris Spielman at Pelotonia
Chris Spielman at Pelotonia '10
Published: 2010/08/30
Channel: Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute
Chris Spielman: Why Pay More?
Chris Spielman: Why Pay More?
Published: 2013/03/15
Channel: Volunteer Energy
3 & Out with Chris Spielman: Week 11
3 & Out with Chris Spielman: Week 11
Published: 2016/11/23
Channel: OnePrideTv
Chris Spielman Xenos Visit
Chris Spielman Xenos Visit
Published: 2007/01/11
Channel: fillutzym
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Chris Spielman
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Spielman, during a visit with U.S. soldiers in Iraq, in April 2008.
No. 54
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-10-11) October 11, 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth: Canton, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Massillon (OH) Washington
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 1,363
Quarterback sacks: 10.5
Forced fumbles: 13
Interceptions: 6
Player stats at PFR

Charles Christopher "Chris" Spielman (born October 11, 1965) is a former American football player and is currently an analyst for the Fox NFL. He is best known for having played linebacker for the Ohio State Buckeyes, where he was a two-time All-American, and for the Detroit Lions in the NFL, where he was a three-time All-Pro. He is originally from Canton, Ohio.

Football career[edit]

Spielman graduated from Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio, where he was awarded the Dial Award for the national high-school scholar-athlete of the year in 1983. He was the first high school athlete to have his picture on a box of Wheaties. For college, Spielman initially wanted to attend the University of Michigan, but his father, a lifelong fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes (Michigan's arch-rival), strongly opposed the idea. Spielman recounted the story in the HBO Documentary "Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry":

My dad said, "Okay, where are you going to go?" I said, "Dad, I want to go to Michigan." And he said, "You traitor. I'll tell you where you're going. You're going right down 71 South and you're going to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes. ... Better not go there (Michigan). Don't ever come home if you do."[1]

Spielman was a two-time All-American at Ohio State, intercepted 11 passes, and won the Lombardi Award as the best college football lineman or linebacker. He was the Ohio State football team MVP his senior year and won the Touchdown Club of Columbus's Chic Harley Award. He graduated from Ohio State with a degree in recreation education. In the 1988 NFL Draft, Spielman was drafted in the second round with the 29th overall pick by the Detroit Lions.

Spielman played eight seasons with the Lions (1988–95), where he was a defensive stalwart during the team’s run to four playoff appearances, two NFC Central titles, and a berth in the 1991 NFC Championship Game. He captained the Lions' defense that was one of the best statistically in the NFL in the mid-1990s. Spielman is the franchise's all-time leader in career tackles with 1,138 (since the team began recording tackles statistically in 1973.) He also recorded 10 sacks, four interceptions, 30 pass defenses, 13 forced fumbles and 17 fumble recoveries during his Lions’ career. He was the first Lion to lead the team in tackles seven consecutive seasons since 1973, including the team’s highest single-season tally of 195 tackles in 1994.

In 1995, he joined Lawrence Taylor's all pro team at Wrestlemania XI and had a feud with Tatanka.

Spielman represented the Lions in four Pro Bowls (1990–92, 1995) and was named the team’s defensive MVP in 1993 and 1994. He played for the Buffalo Bills in 1996 and 1997. In 1996, he set a team and personal record with 206 tackles. His 1997 season was limited because of a neck injury that required spinal surgery.

He chose to miss the 1998 season to assist his wife battling cancer.

He returned to the NFL in the 1999 season, with the Cleveland Browns. He retired before the regular season began, after suffering another neck injury. Spielman is also notable for being one of the players notable NFL Draft "guru" Mel Kiper, Jr. has "missed" on, Kiper admitting in a 2001 post that he had underrated the linebacker.[2] In April 2009 Spielman was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame. His induction came in July 2010. In 2012, he appeared in an episode of the NFL Network show A Football Life, the episode showed how he was not only a great player on the field but a great man off the field for his family.[3]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Chris Spielman's broadcasting career started in 1999, as an NFL studio-show analyst for Fox Sports Net. After two years with FSN, Spielman joined ESPN in 2001. He served primarily as a color analyst for college football broadcasts, as well as studio analyst for college football. Spielman is also a contributor to the Columbus-based FM radio station 97.1 The Fan; 97.1 is an ESPN Radio affiliate. In addition, he previously hosted of the 12-2pm show "Spielman on Sports." Spielman appears every Tuesday afternoon on AM 1270 WXYT, a sports-talk radio station in Detroit. Spielman also served as a color analyst for the Detroit Lions during the preseason. In 2006, Spielman hosted a reality series on ESPNU called Summer House.

In 2016, Fox Sports announced that Spielman had joined Fox NFL coverage as a game analyst alongside veteran play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton and sideline reporter Kristina Pink. He also teams up with Thom Brennaman and Charles Davis in a three-man booth on select weeks [4][5]

Coaching career[edit]

Spielman was briefly the coach of the Columbus Destroyers, an Arena Football League team, in 2005. He coached one season, compiling a 2-14 record. After the 2000 season, Spielman interviewed for the vacant head coaching position at Ohio State previously held by John Cooper. However, the job eventually went to Jim Tressel.

Personal life[edit]

Spielman and his late wife, Stefanie, raised four children, Madison, Noah, Macy and Audrey. Stefanie Spielman survived four bouts with breast cancer, during which both she and her husband were active in raising funds for breast cancer research. Ultimately, however, she died on November 19, 2009, after the disease returned for the fifth time.[6] While undergoing treatment Stefanie had lost her hair, at which time Spielman voluntarily shaved his head in solidarity with his wife.[7]

Spielman has since remarried to Carrie Yocom in July 2013 and she brought with her 2 daughters, Kendra and Gina Yocom. Their family resides in Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.

His elder brother is the current Minnesota Vikings' general manager, Rick Spielman.

References[edit]

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