Ohio State Buckeye, NFL Linebacker, College Football Analyst, Professional Speaker, Cancer Warrior, Father

Football Career

Chris Spielman, #36 OSU Buckeyes
Chris 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 is a 1988 graduate of The Ohio State University as two-time All-American winning the Lombardi Award as the best college football lineman or linebacker. Spielman was then drafted 29th in the 1988 NFL Draft, by the Detroit Lions.

Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions Chris Spielman

Spielman played eight seasons with the Lions (1988–95), and 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.

Chris captained the Lions defense that was one of the best statistically in the NFL in the mid-1990s. He is Detroit’s all-time leader in career tackles with 1,138 (since the team began recording tackles statistically in 1973.)

Spielman represented the Lions in four Pro Bowls (1990–92, 1995) and was named the team’s defensive MVP in both 1993 and 1994.

YEAR G S TT ST AT SK SKY INT INTY PD FF
1988 16 16 153 118 35 0 0 0 0 7 1
1989 16 16 125 89 36 4.5 30 0 0 1 1
1990 12 12 108 79 29 2 20 1 12 2 1
1991 16 16 126 84 42 1 1 0 0 3 3
1992 16 16 146 94 52 1 3 0 0 0 0
1993 16 16 148 97 51 .5 4 2 -2 8 1
1994 16 16 195 124 71 0 0 0 0 6 3
1995 16 16 137 90 47 1 9 1 4 3 3
TOTALS 124 124 1138 775 363 10 67 4 14 30 13

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills Chris Spielman
Chris played two seasons with the Buffalo Bills where he set a team and personal record with 206 tackles in a single season. His 1997 season was limited due to a neck injury that required spinal surgery.

YEAR G S TT ST AT SK SKY INT INTY PD FF
1996 16 16 206 121 85 0 0 1 0 0 1
1997 8 8 97 57 40 0 0 1 0 0 1
TOTALS 24 24 303 178 125 0 0 2 0 0 2

Awards & Recognitions

  • All-American (1986, 1987)
  • Lombardi Award (1987)
  • Ohio State Buckeyes MVP (1987)
  • College Football Hall of Fame
  • 4× Pro Bowl (1989, 1990, 1991, 1994)
  • 3× All-Pro (1991, 1992, 1994)

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