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Chris Spielman is a former American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football for The Ohio State University, and was a two-time consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft, and also played professionally for the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns.

Spielman was born on October 11, 1965, in Canton, Ohio. He is the middle child of three born to parents Sandy and Chuck Spielman. His father was a high school football coach, and his mother was a homemaker. Spielman has two older sisters, Sherri and Stephanie. He was raised in a Catholic household.

Spielman attended Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. As a senior in 1982, he was named the Associated Press (AP) Ohio High School Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the USA Today All-USA high school football team.

Spielman played college football at Ohio State University from 1983 to 1987. He was a four-year starter and finished his career with 546 tackles, which ranks second in school history. He was a two-time consensus All-American and was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 1986.

Spielman was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft. He played for the Lions from 1988 to 1995. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times and was named a first-team All-Pro in 1993. Spielman was traded to the Buffalo Bills in 1996, where he played for one season. He then signed with the Cleveland Browns as a free agent in 1997 and played for them until his retirement in 1999.

Spielman finished his NFL career with 1,138 tackles, 20 sacks, and 12 interceptions. He was inducted into the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

Spielman’s wife, Stefanie, died of breast cancer in 2009. The couple had four children together: Madison, Noah, Macy, and Audrey. Spielman has since remarried and has two stepdaughters.

Spielman is 6 feet tall and weighs 247 pounds.

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Full NameChris Spielman
Height1.82 m
Weight112 kg
ProfessionWriter, Sports analyst, American football player, Motivational speaker
EducationOhio State University, Massillon Washington High School


ParentsCharles Edward Spielman Jr., Nancy Spielman


AwardsLombardi Award

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The Muppets.2015TV Series production staff - 1 episode
ESPNU Summer House2006TV Series talent


Mike & Mike2006-2015TV SeriesHimself - ESPN College Football Analyst / Himself - Telephone Interviewee
2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl2013TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
Allstate Sugar Bowl2013TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
2012 Valero Alamo Bowl2012TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
A Football Life2012TV SeriesHimself
2011 Valero Alamo Bowl2011TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
Rise Up2011/IITV SeriesHimself - Host
2011 TicketCity Bowl2011TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
2010 Texas Bowl2010TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
2010 Outback Bowl2010TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl2009TV MovieHimself - Sideline Reporter
2009 Outback Bowl2009TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl2008TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
2008 magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl2008TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
ESPN College Football Friday Primetime2008TV SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
2008 Outback Bowl2008TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
2007 Emerald Bowl2007TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - Ohio State (84-87)
ESPNU Summer House2007TV SeriesHimself - Host
2006 Emerald Bowl2006TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2006TV Series documentaryHimself
2005 Motor City Bowl2005TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
2005 New Orleans Bowl2005TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
2002 Wyndham New Orleans Bowl2002TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
2001 New Orleans Bowl2001TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
NFL This Morning1999TV SeriesHimself
NFL Monday Night Football1992-1996TV SeriesHimself - Detroit Lions Linebacker / Himself - Buffalo Bills Linebacker
TNT Sunday Night Football1991-1996TV SeriesHimself - Detroit Lions Linebacker / Himself - Buffalo Bills Linebacker
NFL on FOX1994-1995TV SeriesHimself - Detroit Lions Linebacker
WrestleMania XI1995TV SpecialHimself
Home Improvement1995TV SeriesHimself
ESPN's Sunday Night Football1994TV SeriesHimself - Detroit Lions Linebacker
The NFL on NBC1989-1994TV SeriesHimself - Detroit Lions Linebacker
The NFL on CBS1988-1993TV SeriesHimself - Detroit Lions Linebacker
1991 NFC Championship Game1992TV MovieHimself - Detroit Lions Linebacker
1988 NFL Draft1988TV MovieHimself - 29th Overall Pick
1987 Cotton Bowl1987TV MovieHimself - Ohio St. Buckeyes Linebacker

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WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 32005VideoHimself

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