Chris Spielman

Charles Christopher Spielman (born October 11, 1965) is a former American football player and is currently an analyst for Fox NFL. He played linebacker at Ohio State University, where he was a two-time All-American, and for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League (NFL), where he was a three-time All Pro. He also played for the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns, and coached for the Arena Football League's Columbus Destroyers.

Chris Spielman
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Spielman, during a visit with U.S. soldiers in Iraq, in April 2008
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Personal information
Born:October 11, 1965 (age 53)
Canton, Ohio
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:Massillon Washington
(Massillon, Ohio)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Quarterback sacks:10.5
Forced fumbles:13
Player stats at PFR

Football career

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 1,020[2] (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 195 tackles in 1994.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Broadcasting career

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, an ESPN Radio affiliate. He previously hosted the show Spielman on Sports. Spielman used to appear every Tuesday afternoon on AM 1270 WXYT, a sports-talk radio station out of Detroit. Spielman has served as a color analyst for the Detroit Lions during the NFL 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. On select weeks, he also teams up with Thom Brennaman and Charles Davis in a three-man booth.[6][7]

Coaching career

After the 2000 season, Spielman interviewed for the vacant Ohio State head coaching position previously held by John Cooper; however, the job eventually went to Jim Tressel. In 2005, Spielman coached the Columbus Destroyers of the Arena Football League to a 2–14 record.

Personal life

Spielman and his late wife Stefanie raised four children: Madison, Noah, Macy and Audrey. Mrs. Spielman survived four bouts with breast cancer, during which both she and her husband were active in raising funds for breast cancer research. While undergoing treatment, she lost her hair, prompting Spielman to shave his head in a show of solidarity.[8] Stefanie died on November 19, 2009, after the disease returned for the fifth time.[9]

Spielman has since married Carrie Yocom, with whom he has two stepdaughters, Kendra and Gina. The family resides in Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.

His elder brother is Rick Spielman, general manager of the Minnesota Vikings. His son Noah played football for Wheaton College, while his nephew J.D. currently plays football for the University of Nebraska. [10]


  1. ^ "Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry". HBO. 2007-11-13.
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  4. ^ Mel Kiper's comments re "missing out" on Spielman
  5. ^ "NFL Network's A Football Life Explores Life, Legacy of Steve McNair Oct. 17". 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  6. ^ "FOX Sports Announces NFL Broadcast Teams for Super Bowl Season". Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  7. ^ "Former Ohio State star Chris Spielman joining Fox as college football, NFL analyst". 2016-05-18.
  8. ^ Official webpage for Chris Spielman Archived October 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Notice of Stefanie Spielman's death Archived November 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ JD Spielman Bio - - University of Nebraska

External links

1985 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1985 Big Ten Conference football season was the 90th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season.

The 1985 Big Ten champion was the 1985 Iowa Hawkeyes football team. The Hawkeyes began the season 7-0 and rose to the No. 1 ranking, including a 12-10 win over No. 2 Michigan at Kinnick Stadium, before losing to Ohio State. Iowa entered the Rose Bowl at 10-1 with an outside shot at a national championship, but were upset by UCLA in the 1986 Rose Bowl, 45–28. Iowa quarterback Chuck Long received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the conference's most valuable player. Long and linebacker Larry Station were consensus first-team All-Americans.

The 1985 Michigan Wolverines football team finished in second place in the Big Ten, compiled a 10–1–1 record, defeated Nebraska in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl, and was ranked No. 2 in the final AP and Coaches Polls. Quarterback Jim Harbaugh set a school record with 1,976 passing yards, and Jamie Morris rushed for 1,030 yards. Led by consensus first-team All-Americans Mike Hammerstein at defensive tackle and Brad Cochran at cornerback, the defense tallied three shutouts, gave up only 75 points in 11 regular season games (6.8 points per game), and led the nation in scoring defense. Bo Schembechler was selected as Big Ten Coach of the Year.

The 1985 Ohio State Buckeyes football team compiled a 9–3 record, defeated BYU in the 1985 Florida Citrus Bowl, and was ranked No. 11 in the final Coaches Poll. Linebackers Chris Spielman and Pepper Johnson both received first-team All-American honors. Wide receiver Cris Carter had 950 receiving yards and received first-team All-Big Ten honors.

Running back Lorenzo White of Michigan State led the conference in both rushing (2,066 yards) and scoring (102 points) and was a consensus first-team All-American. Wide receiver David Williams of Illinois was also a consensus first-team All-American.

1986 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 1986 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big Ten Conference players for the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season.

Three players were unanimously chosen as first-team players by the Associated Press media panel: quarterback Jim Harbaugh, receiver Cris Carter, and linebacker Chris Spielman.Conference co-champions Michigan and Ohio State led the conference with seven first-team players each. Michigan's first-team selections included Harbaugh, Jumbo Elliott, Mark Messner and Andy Moeller. Ohio State's first-team selections included unanimous choices Carter and Spielman. Iowa followed with four first-team honorees, including running back Rick Bayless.

1987 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 1987 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big Ten Conference players for the 1987 college football season. The organizations selecting All-Big Ten teams in 1987 included the Associated Press (AP) and the United Press International (UPI).The 1987 All-Big Ten teams were led by Michigan State tailback Lorenzo White and Indiana wide receiver Ernie Jones, who were selected as the Co-Big Ten Players of the Year. White led the conference with 16 touchdowns from scrimmage and finished second in the conference with 1,572 rushing yards. Jones led the conference with 66 receptions and 1,265 receiving yards. Other individual award winners included Wisconsin quarterback Tony Lowery as the 1987 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

1987 Cotton Bowl Classic

The 1987 Cotton Bowl Classic was the 51st such held. It matched the Texas A&M Aggies and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

1987 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 1987 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 6–4–1 record.

1994 All-Pro Team

The 1994 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1994. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1994 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008.

2008 St. Petersburg Bowl

The 2008 magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl was the inaugural edition of the new college football bowl game, and was played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game was played beginning at 4:30 PM US EST on Saturday, December 20, 2008, and was telecast on ESPN2, saw the South Florida Bulls (based in nearby Tampa) defeat their former conference rivals Memphis Tigers, 41-14. Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Rob Stone called the game.

Detroit Lions Television Network

The Detroit Lions Television Network is a network of seven television stations (and one cable/satellite channel) in Michigan and Ohio that broadcast the NFL's Detroit Lions preseason games and related coverage. On May 21, 2015, the Detroit Lions announced a multi-year broadcast partnership with WJBK (Fox 2) and Fox Sports Detroit. Fox Sports Detroit produces the preseason game broadcasts with Fox 2 producing the pre-game and post-game segments. The games air live on Fox 2 and the rest of the Detroit Lions Television Network, with re-airings on Fox Sports Detroit. The wrap around shows' hosts are Fox 2 sports director and Lions radio announcer Dan Miller, former Lions wide receiver Herman Moore, and Fox 2 sports anchors/reporters Jamie Samuelsen, Jennifer Hammond, and Woody Woodriffe. The game announcers are sportscaster Matt Shepard with play-by-play, former Lions linebacker Chris Spielman with color commentary, and Fox 2 sports reporter Jennifer Hammond with sideline reports. The network also airs a live regular season pre-game show called Lions Game Day Live, while Fox Sports Detroit has a live regular season post-game show called Lions Live.

List of Alamo Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Alamo Bowl throughout the years.

List of Detroit Lions broadcasters

The following is a List of broadcasters for the Detroit Lions, both past and present.

List of ESPN College Football broadcast teams

The ESPN College Football Broadcast Teams are listed in the table below, including games broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN News, SEC Network, Longhorn Network, and ESPN Radio.

Note: All ESPN games are also simulcast on WatchESPN.

Broadcast pairings for college football are weekly and are subject to change.

List of Fiesta Bowl broadcasters

Television network, play-by-play and color commentator(s) for the Fiesta Bowl. The Fiesta Bowl began in 1971, but was considered a “minor bowl” until the January 1, 1982 game between Penn State–USC. Since then, the Fiesta Bowl has been considered a major bowl.

Starting with the 2010-11 season, ESPN started airing the games, out bidding Fox for the rights to the games.

List of New Orleans Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's New Orleans Bowl throughout the years.

List of Outback Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Outback Bowl throughout the years.

List of Rose Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Rose Bowl throughout the years.

Ohio State Football All-Century Team

The Ohio State Football All-Century Team was chosen in early 2000 by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. It was selected to honor the greatest Ohio State Buckeyes football players of the 20th century. No effort was made to distinguish a first team or second team, the organization instead choosing only to select an 80-man roster and a five-man coaching staff.

Members selected to the team were honored at a banquet on February 19, 2000. Living members of the team elected all-century captains and an all-century Most Valuable Player. As captains they chose Archie Griffin and Rex Kern on offense, and Chris Spielman and Jack Tatum on defense. Archie Griffin was selected as MVP.

Rick Spielman

Richard “Rick” Spielman (born December 2, 1962) is an American football executive who is the general manager of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He was promoted to general manager in 2012 after spending 2006–2011 as the team's vice president of player personnel. He formerly worked for ESPN on NFL Live.

Spielman is a graduate of Massillon Washington High School located in Massillon, Ohio and is the older brother of Chris Spielman, the former Detroit Lions linebacker.


Spielmann or Spielman is a German occupational surname, which means "jester", from the Middle High German spilære. The name may refer to:

Andrew Spielman (1930–2006), American medical researcher

Chris Spielman (born 1965), American football player

Christian Spielmann (born 1963), German physicist

Dan Spielman (born 1979), Australian actor

Daniel Spielman (born 1970), American computer scientist

David Spielman (born 1950), American photographer

Dean Spielmann (born 1962), Luxembourg judge

Francisc Spielmann (1916–1974), Romanian footballer

Götz Spielmann (born 1961), Austrian film director

Lori Nelson Spielman (born 1961), American Author

Marion Harry Spielmann (1858–1948), British art critic

Peter James Spielmann (born 1952), American journalist

Rick Spielman (born 1962), American football manager

Rudolf Spielmann (1883–1942), Austrian chess player

Vinnie Clark

Vincent Eugene Clark (born January 22, 1969 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former American football cornerback in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played college football at Ohio State University.

In 2005, Clark was named an assistant coach for the Arena Football League team the Columbus Destroyers. The head coach for the Destroyers was Chris Spielman, Clark's former teammate at Ohio State.

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Special teams
Head coaches
Playoff appearances (3)
ArenaBowl appearances (1)
Hall of Fame members

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