36 Days Until the College Football Season Kicks Off
A big time linebacker.
Yesterday we looked at a big time running back who played in Tuscaloosa. Now for today, we look at a hard hitting linebacker from Columbus.
Chris Spielman graduated from Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio and was the first high school athlete to ever be put on a box of Wheaties. Spielman was a STUD in high school and his recruitment was legendary.
He told his dad, a die hard Ohio State fan, that he wanted to goto Michigan. His dad called him a traitor and told him not to come home if he picked the Wolverines. I hope this was a bit sarcastic but Spielman ended up going down 71 South to play for Ohio State.
From 1985 to 1987, Spielman played thirty seven games in Columbus. He ended his great college career with a total of eleven interceptions. He was named an All American in 1986.
1987 was a big year for the Ohio native. He was once again named to the All American team. In addition to being named an All American, Spielman won the Lombardi Award and the Chic Harley Award.
Spielman really was dripped out for a linebacker in the 80’s. I wish that the half cage would make a return to the game because Spielman rocked the shit out of it while he was laying hits and picking off passes.
Following the 1987 season, Spielman entered the draft and was selected in the second round by the Detroit Lions. He played from 1988 to 1999 with the Lions, Browns, and Bills. He amassed over a thousand career tackles.
For tomorrow, we stay on the theme of great collegiate linebackers but one that played in the Lone Star state.