Chris Spielman, an 11-year NFL veteran, serves as an analyst for ESPN networks college football game telecasts and studio shows. He primarily works on ESPN College Football Saturday with commentator Sean McDonough and reporter Todd McShay. Spielman was an analyst with ESPN from 2001-2003 and returned to the network in 2005 after a one-year absence.
Prior to joining ESPN, Spielman served as an NFL studio analyst for Fox Sports Net since 1999. He also has a weekly radio show in Phoenix and Columbus.
Spielman was a second-round selection (28th) of the Detroit Lions in the 1988 NFL Draft. He played eight seasons with the Lions where he led the team in tackles each year, averaging 142 tackles a season, becoming the first Lion to go over the 1,000-tackle mark. While with the Lions, Spielman was a four-time NFL Pro Bowl participant.
He signed with the Buffalo Bills in 1996 where he established a new Bills and personal record with 206 tackles, leading his team for the ninth consecutive season. Spielman’s 1997 season was cut short due to a neck injury that required spinal surgery. He sat out the 1998 season to spend more time with his wife who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in the year. Spielman signed with the Cleveland Browns in 1999 and retired during the campaign after a scare with another neck injury.
Spielman, who graduated from Ohio State University in 1988, won the Lombardi Trophy as the best defensive lineman, was a two-time All-American and finished his college career as the school’s third all-time leading tackler with 546. He received his degree in recreation education.