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


1965 - Born in Massillon, Ohio

Chris Spielman was born to Sandy and Nancy Spielman on October 11, 1965 in Canton, Ohio.Chris grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood with his parents and older brother, Rick. With a football coach for a father, Chris’ love of football started at birth.

1983 - The Years that Set the Stage

As a shy 16-year-old, Chris was thrust into the national spotlight at a very young age.Between his junior and senior years of high school, Chris was selected by Wheaties as a winner of their nationwide Search of Champions and placed on box covers.

1984 - An All-American Career

In 1984, Chris graduated from Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio and began his career at The Ohio State University.As a senior at OSU, Spielman led the team in tackles and interceptions in both 1986 & 1987. Chris was a 2x All-American, intercepted 11 passes, and ranked 3rd in Buckeye history with 512 tackles.

In 1987, Chris won both the Lombardi and the Harley Chic awards as the best college football lineman or linebacker and was named Ohio State’s team MVP.

1988 - Drafted by the Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions drafted Chris in the 2nd round as the 29th pick. Chris played eight seasons with the Lions, which included 4 playoff appearances, 2 NFC Central titles, and a berth in the 1992 NFC Championship Game.Chris led the team in tackles for eight consecutive seasons, including the team’s highest single-season tally of 195 tackles in 1994.

He is Detroit’s all-time leader in career tackles with 1,138 (since the team began recording tackles statistically in 1973).He also represented the Lions in 4 Pro Bowls (1990–92, 1995) and was named the team’s defensive MVP in 1993 and 1994.

1989 - In Addtion to Athletic Achievements

In addition to his many athletic achievements, Chris received his degree from The Ohio State University in Recreation Education.Then on June 24, 1989 Chris married his high school sweetheart, Stefanie Belcher.

1994 - A Growing Family

Chris and Stefanie welcome their first daughter, Madison.The Spielmans would go on to have three more children. Their son Noah and two more daughters, Macy and Audrey.

1996 - Sets Personal and Team Records

Chris played for the Buffalo Bills in 1996 and 1997, and set a team and personal record with 206 tackles during the 1996 season.Unfortunately, his 1997 season was cut short as a result of a neck injury that required spinal surgery.

1999 - Retired from the NFL

After taking the 1998 season off to take care of Stefanie, Chris joined the Cleveland Browns.Though before the season could begin Chris was forced to retire after suffering from another neck injury.

2001–Present - A Career in Broadcasting

First a NFL studio-show analyst for Fox Sports Net, Spielman joined ESPN as a broadcast analyst as well as studio analyst for college football.Chris is also a contributor to the Columbus, Ohio based FM radio station 97.1 The Fan (an ESPN Radio affiliate). In addtion he hosted his own 2 hour show called “Spielman on Sports”. Chris is now back with Fox Sports as a NFL analyst.

2005 - Head Coach of the Columbus Destroyers

Chris coached in the Arena Football League with the Columbus Destroyers, compiling a 2-15 record.

2009 - The Loss of A Beloved Mother and Wife

On November 19, 2009 Stefanie Spielman lost her 10 year battle with Breast Cancer. The Stefanie Spielman Breast Cancer Research Fund, which Chris and Stephanie started in 1998 with a goal of raising $250,000, has now grown into a $10 million fund and nationally recognized organization.

2010 - College Hall of Fame

After being selected in 2009 for the College Hall of Fame, Chris Spielman was inducted on July of 2010.

2013 - Marriage to Carrie Yocom

In July of 2013 Chris married Carrie Yocom, who brought 2 daughters to the family, Kendra and Gina.

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