Chris Spielman
All-American college football player, professional football player, linebacker, coach, College Football Hall of Fame member
Chris Spielman
Charles Christopher Spielman is a former American football player and is currently an analyst for ESPN's coverage of college football games.
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Announcer pairings for ESPN college games this weekend
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Announcer pairings for the ESPN college games this weekend include Eamon McAnaney, Anthony Becht & Brooke Weisbrod on the ESPN3.com and KUBE (Channel 57) broadcast of Houston-Temple. Joe Territore, Matt Miller and Maria Taylor will call Texas-BYU at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2; Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb and Dawn Davenport have UAB-LSU at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU; Keith Morehouse and Peter Vaas get North Texas-Ohio at 6 p.m. on ESPN3.com; Brock Bowling and Jay Taylor do Prairie View A&M-Texas State at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3.com; and Tyler Denning and Pete Najarian will call Montana State-SMU at 7 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3.com. Other pairings on major games: Wake Forest at Boston College, 7 p.m. Friday, ESPN2, Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams; Florida-Miami, 11 a.m. Saturday, ESPN, Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill; Cincinnati-Illinois, 11 a.m. Saturday, ESPN2, Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich; South Florida-Michigan State, 11 a ...
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'Experts' Make BCS Title Game Predictions
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Despite proving their doubters wrong en route to an undefeated regular season, Notre Dame is a heavy underdog heading into the BCS Championship game against Alabama. Most of the experts in sports media are siding with the oddsmakers and believe the Crimson Tide will roll over the Irish, creating a college football dynasty. Many of the high-profile writers and on-air personalities polled at ESPN and USA Today picked Nick Saban's Tide to hand Brian Kelly's squad its first lost. Over at CBS Sports, the experts were more evenly divided, with three taking Notre Dame and three others picking Alabama. Tell us who you think will win and then scroll down to see some of the experts' picks. What do you think of those predictions? Mike Bellotti of ESPN - Alabama Ed Cunningham of ESPN - Alabama Eric Prisbell of USA Today - Alabama Tom O'Toole of USA Today - Alabama Joey Galloway of ESPN - Alabama Chris Spielman of ESPN - Notre Dame Stewart Mandel of Sports ...
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Your Week 6 College Football Announcing Schedule
Awful Announcing - over 4 years
The first Saturday in October brings plenty of juicy matchups all over college football.  Primetime will be particularly stacked with big games.  Will Fox be able to win the night once again behind unbeaten Texas aganst Geno Smith and West Virginia?  As if that wasn't enough, there's also Notre Dame-Miami, Ohio State-Nebraska, and Georgia-South Carolina.  All the games, dates, times, and announcers are below for you to plan your weekend accordingly. FBS: Thursday, October 4 7:30 PM- Arkansas State at Florida International (ESPNU) Joe Davis, Jay Walker 8 PM- East Carolina at Central Florida (CBS Sports) Dave Ryan, Doug Chapman, Evan Washburn 9 PM- USC at Utah (ESPN) Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Samantha Steele Friday, October 5 7 PM- Pittsburgh at Syracuse (ESPN) Dave Lamont, Kelly Stouffer, Paul Carcaterra 10:15 PM- Utah State at BYU (ESPN) Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore, Shelley Smith (BYUtv Delay) Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, ...
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BN Gameday: Oregon State at UCLA Open Game Thread
Bruins Nation - over 4 years
Well here we go. As we always do we have talked/blabbed all game week about another highly anticipated Saturday. As usual by now we know all the story lines around this game, the key stats and the general vibe around this game. Now it's a matter of finding out how all this drama is going to play out on the field. It's going to be a hot one at the Rose Bowl this afternoon. Bruins and Beavers will get started at 12:30 pm Pacific/3:30 pm EST (ABC/ESPN2). Sean McDonough and Chris Spielman will be in the booth with Quint Kessinich (who? I have no idea either) on the sidelines. If you still need to get caught up on all of our notes concerning this game from this past week, you can do so by checking out our full coverage here. If you are looking to track the game online you can also keep your tabs open to the game tracker on the official site and the WWL. Well here we go. As we always do we have talked/blabbed all game week about another highly anticipated Saturday. As usual ...
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Your Week 1 College Football Announcing Schedule
Awful Announcing - over 4 years
College football is now officially back because your opening week college football announcing schedule has arrived!  And the best part about the 2012 season... no Craig James!  Let's pause for a brief happy dance! All righty then.  Craig James is out of the booth this season and so is AA flagbearer Pam Ward.  Don't worry though, the Pammies will always be a part of Awful Announcing (at least until we're overthrown in a bloodless coup... well, hopefully it'll be bloodless). If you're new around these parts, here's how things work.  Every Wednesday or Thursday we'll post the college football announcing schedule for the weekend's games.  Before the Thursday night games (and again Saturday morning) our Pam Ward Chronicles thread will go live.  That's where you'll leave the best, funniest, most inappropriate, and highly dubious announcer quotes in the comments.  You can also tweet us announcer quotes by using the hashtag #PWAA.  On Monday, we'll collect the top ...
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Cleveland Browns will have a hard time passing on a lockdown DB like LSU's Mo Claiborne, says Chris Spielman (SBTV)
Cleveland - almost 5 years
Former Browns and OSU linebacker talks NFL Draft; and about the newly released book that he wrote with his late wife, Stefanie.
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Bevo's Roundup: Weltschmerz
Burnt Orange Nation - almost 5 years
All the Big 12-2 Conference news that is and isn't fit to read... And some other stuff. (Warning...Music may be is annoying.) Manny Diaz breaks down his philosophy. [AAS] To me, what a great defense does is win games. A great defense serves its offense. It creates field position for the offense because that's what the game is really about. It's about where you get the ball, how far do you have to go to score and how many points do you have to score to win. One big thank you to our defensive coordinator. [Rivals] The golf team is making everyone proud. [Daily Texan] The Texas women's basketball team has a new coach. [AAS] Fozzy Whitaker is confident that he has an NFL future. [San Antonio Express-News] What if... [San Antonio Express-News] Dodds, the athletic director of the richest college athletic department in America, hasn't had to make a major hire in 14 years. He's simply kept extending the old ones, and Garrido's reportedly ...
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Week 1 in B1G New Hires - Off Tackle Empire
Google News - over 5 years
About the only place his inexperience stood out to me, as Chris Spielman pointed out during the telecast, was allowing Braxton Miller to sit on the sidelines for most of the game without a headset on. Again, I think his sideline and media presence will
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The 2011 Pam Ward Chronicles: Week 1 - Awful Announcing
Google News - over 5 years
Defending Pammies champ Chris Spielman will be in Columbus for Akron/Ohio State on ESPN at noon ET and you can check out all the games, times, and announcers at the link below. We will update the Pammies as we are able to with your comments in the
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ESPN analyst Chris Spielman keeps an eye on Ohio State-Michigan rivalry - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
By Michael Zuidema | The Grand Rapids Press It's no surprise Chris Spielman still has a vested interest in Ohio State football more than two decades removed from his playing days in Columbus. The only difference now that he's been an ESPN analyst for
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ESPN's Desmond Howard picks Florida State and Alabama BCS title game - Orlando Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
5 in the USA Today preseason coaches poll, was the overwhelming pick to win the ACC from all but two analysts – Chris Spielman and Matt Millen, who picked Virginia Tech to win the ACC. Central Florida resident Lee Corso selected LSU and Oklahoma to
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Your Full 2011 Week 1 College Football Announcing Schedule - Awful Announcing
Google News - over 5 years
Your 2010 Pammy winner, Chris Spielman, will be at the Akron/OSU game at noon Saturday on ESPN. Sift through the rest of the schedule and pick your games wisely. Welcome back, College football! No. 20 Mississippi State at Memphis (8PM FSN-National) Ron
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ESPN's Spielman likes Badgers in new Big Ten format - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
ESPN analyst Chris Spielman is among those who think Wisconsin will get to and win the Big Ten title game this season. Spielman made his remarks about UW during a conference call last week with reporters
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Ingraham High sports get face-lift from ESPN - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
The show's co-hosts, former NFL linebacker Chris Spielman and engineer Deanne Bell, addressed a boisterous crowd at the afternoon event in the Ingraham auditorium. Spielman said he sensed something unique about the school from the moment he stepped on
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Cleveland Browns' Peyton Hillis is one of the team's most popular players, and ... - Plain Dealer (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
BEREA, Ohio - A year ago, more fans at Browns camp wore Chris Spielman's jersey than the No. 40 belonging to Peyton Hills. Remember that Spielman never played for the Browns, the Ohio State star forced to retire because of injuries during the Browns'
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Mike Utley still upbeat, 20 years after injury - Detroit Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
I had Roman Fortin, Kevin Glover, Big Daddy Lomas Brown, Jerry Ball, Chris Spielman -- I heard all these guys' voices saying, 'We're going to get this one for you.' As I was being wheeled past the fellas, going through the end zone, I just wanted
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Scott D. Pierce: Chris Spielman thinks Utes are set; Cougs, not so much - Salt Lake Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman thinks the Utah football team is well on its way to becoming a national football presence, maybe even a power, by joining the Pac-12. He thinks the future is less certain for the BYU
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Spielman
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 50
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Spielman was briefly the coach of the Columbus Destroyers, an Arena Football League team, in 2005. He coached one season, compiling a 2-14 record. After the 2000 season, Spielman interviewed for the vacant head coaching position at Ohio State previously held by John Cooper. However, the job eventually went to Jim Tressel. Spielman and his late wife, Stefanie, raised four children, Madison, Noah, Macy and Audrey. Stefanie Spielman survived four bouts with breast cancer, during which both she and her husband were active in raising funds for breast cancer research. Ultimately, however, she died on November 19, 2009, after the disease returned for the fifth time. While undergoing treatment Stefanie had lost her hair, at which time Spielman voluntarily shaved his head in solidarity with his wife. Spielman has since remarried to Carrie Yocom in July 2013 and she brought with her 2 daughters, Kendra and Gina Yocom. Their family resides in Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.
  • FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 studio analyst for college football. Spielman is also a contributor to the Columbus-based FM radio station 97.1 The Fan; 97.1 is an ESPN Radio affiliate. In addition, he previously hosted of the 12-2pm show "Spielman on Sports." Spielman appears every Tuesday afternoon on AM 1270 WXYT, a sports-talk radio station in Detroit. Spielman also served as a color analyst for the Detroit Lions during the preseason. In 2006, Spielman hosted a reality series on ESPNU called Summer House.
  • 2010
    Age 44
    His induction came in July 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 43
    In April 2009 Spielman was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 35
    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.
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  • 1999
    Age 33
    He returned to the NFL in the 1999 season, with the Cleveland Browns.
    More Details Hide Details He retired before the regular season began, after suffering another neck injury.
  • 1998
    Age 32
    He chose to miss the 1998 season to assist his wife battling cancer.
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  • 1997
    Age 31
    His 1997 season was limited because of a neck injury that required spinal surgery.
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  • 1996
    Age 30
    In 1996, he set a team and personal record with 206 tackles.
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    He played for the Buffalo Bills in 1996 and 1997.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 27
    Spielman represented the Lions in four Pro Bowls (1990–92, 1995) and was named the team’s defensive MVP in 1993 and 1994.
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  • 1991
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 1,138 (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 of 195 tackles in 1994. In 1995, he joined Lawrence Taylor's all pro team at Wrestlemania XI and had a feud with Tatanka.
  • 1988
    Age 22
    In the 1988 NFL Draft, Spielman was drafted in the second round with the 29th overall pick by the Detroit Lions.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1983
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 life-long 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on October 11, 1965.
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