Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Chris Spielman

Chris Spielman


  • Position: Linebacker
  • School: Ohio State
  • High School: Washington HS (Massillon, OH)
  • Years: 1984,-1987
  • Inducted: 2009
  • Place of Birth: Canton, OH
  • Date of Birth: Oct 11, 1965
  • Jersey Number: 36
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 247

Member Biography

The 1987 Lombardi Award winner, Chris Spielman earned back-to-back First Team All-America honors (unanimous in 1987 and consensus in 1986) en route to leading Ohio State to three consecutive bowl games and establishing himself as one of the all-time greats in a storied Buckeye program. A three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection, Spielman was named the top defensive player in the 1987 Cotton Bowl. He was also a member of two Big Ten championship teams (1984, '86). He twice led the Buckeyes in tackles and graduated as the school's all- time leader in solo tackles (283). Spielman finished his prolific defensive career at OSU with 546 tackles, eight sacks and 11 interceptions. After graduating in 1988, Spielman was drafted by Detroit in the second round of the NFL Draft, playing with the franchise for eight seasons and becoming the first Lion ever to register 1,000 career tackles. He spent two seasons with the Buffalo Bills and was named to the Pro Bowl six times.
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