Chris Spielman Biography, Age, Football career, Parents, Wife, Broadcasting career, Wife Illness

Chris Spielman Biography

Chris Spielman (Charles Christopher Spielman) is a former American football player and 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 Age

Chris Spielman was born on October 11, 1965, in Canton, Ohio United States. He is 53 years old as of 2018.

Chris Spielman Salary

Chris Spielman has an average salary of $64,359 annually as an analyst for Fox NFL.

Chris Spielman Net worth

Chris Spielman earns his income from his businesses and from other related organizations. He also earns his income from the Awards industry. He also earns his income from his work as a football player. He has an estimated net worth of $ 4 million dollars.

Chris Spielman Education

Chris 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. He then joined Ohio State University

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”:

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Chris Spielman Parents

Chris Spielman was born in Canton, Ohio United States to Charles Edward Spielman Jr. and Nancy Spielman. His family resides in Canton, Ohio United States.

Chris Spielman Wife

Chris Spielman married Stefanie Spielman from 1989 to 2009, after there they divorced and entered to another relationship with Carrie Yocom who he married in 2013. He has a son known as Noah Spielman.

Chris Spielman Football career

Chris Spielman 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.”

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 (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.

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. 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.

Chris Spielman 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 a 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.

Chris Spielman 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.

Chris Spielman 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. Stefanie died on November 19, 2009, after the disease returned for the fifth time.

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.

Chris Spielman Wife Illness

Stefanie Spielman, the wife of NFL and Ohio State star Chris Spielman who led a public fight against breast cancer, died Thursday after a lengthy battle with the disease. She was 42. Stefanie Spielman died at the family’s home in Upper Arlington, surrounded by her family, according to WBNS radio in Columbus, where Chris Spielman co-hosts a show.

“Stefanie has gone home to be with the Lord,” Chris Spielman said in a statement released by the station. “For that, we celebrate, but with broken hearts. I want to thank everyone for their support over the last 12 years. Together, with your help, hopefully, we made a difference in this fight.”

Stefanie Spielman was 30 years old and three months pregnant in 1998 when she detected a lump in her breast. She later miscarried and discovered she had cancer. She survived four bouts with cancer before a fifth recurrence in March.

Chris Spielman was playing linebacker with the Buffalo Bills when he decided to give up football for a year to stay home with his wife and children. When his wife lost her hair because of chemotherapy treatments, he shaved his head.

“People say, ‘It’s a great thing that you’re doing,’ ” Chris Spielman said at the time. “I always say it would be a terrible thing if I didn’t.” The Spielmans became advocates for breast-cancer detection and research, winning several awards for their dedication to the cause. The Spielmans raised more than $6 million for research at Ohio State through the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

She helped form a support group for young women with breast cancer, hosted an annual event that honored cancer survivors and created a fund to help breast cancer patients and their families who struggled financially. She was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002 for her work.

“We have lost a leader in the fight against cancer,” seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong said. “Stefanie was a living example of courage and strength to everyone around her. ”

Two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, the president and CEO of the Ohio State Alumni Association, said Stefanie Spielman was a compassionate person who “took her personal struggle and used it as a platform to help other women battling breast cancer.” He said the Ohio State community was “tremendously saddened” by her death.

Chris Spielman played 10 seasons in the NFL with the Detroit Lions and the Bills before retiring after a violent hit that left him momentarily paralyzed when he was with the Cleveland Browns.

“The Lions’ family is deeply saddened with the passing of a good friend,” the Lions said in a statement. “Stefanie touched the hearts of everyone who knew her. With her strong faith and Chris’ devoted support, Stefanie smiled in the face of adversity and used her battle with cancer to help countless others. She was and always will be an inspiration. Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts go to Chris and the family.”

Spielman is currently a college football analyst at ESPN. Stefanie Spielman is survived by her husband and their four children, Madison, Noah, Macy, and Audrey.

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