Chris Speilman grew up in Massillon, Ohio where he played for Massillon Washington High School and was an all-star linebacker. Appearing on a Wheaties box, he was the one of the youngest and perhaps the only high school athlete to receive such an honor.
He is a former Ohio State Buckeye, a two-time All American and a 2009 inductee to the College Football Hall of Fame. He went on to play eleven seasons in the NFL, including eight seasons with the Detroit Lions, earning a Pro-Bowl selection four times and NFC Championship Game. He spent two seasons with the Buffalo Bills, and one season with the Cleveland Browns. Currently he is a NFL Analyst for Fox Sports and known for his hard hitting and accurate comments on the game and players.
His book That’s Why I’m Here was released in Spring of 2012. For readers whose lives have been touched by cancer and for anyone whose faith has wavered in the face of adversity, That’s Why I’m Here is the inspiring memoir of Ohio State football legend Chris Spielman and his late wife Stefanie: a story of family, faith, and perseverance.
Other than being a dedicated father of his and Stefanie’s four children, perhaps the job Chris takes the most seriously is his role as a warrior in the fight against cancer. His high school sweetheart and wife, Stefanie, lost her 12 year battle with breast cancer in November of 2009. Together, they formed The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research in 1999 and have raised more than $10 Million for cancer research. Chris retired from the NFL to take care of Stefanie and their four children and remains committed to her legacy of hope and finding a cure for cancer.