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.
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.
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)