Charles Christopher Spielman – born October 11, 1965 – is a former American football player and former analyst for Fox NFL.
He played linebacker at Ohio State University, where he was a two-time All-American, and for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League (NFL), where he was a three-time All Pro.
He also played for the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns, and coached for the Arena Football League’s Columbus Destroyers.
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.
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.
Spielman and his first wife Stefanie had four children: Madison, Noah, Macy, and Audrey.
Stefanie survived four bouts with breast cancer, during which both she and her husband were active in raising funds for breast cancer research. While undergoing treatment, she lost her hair, prompting Spielman to shave his head in a show of solidarity. Stefanie died on November 19, 2009, after the disease returned for the fifth time.
Spielman later married Carrie Yocom, and adopted her two daughters, Kendra and Gina. The family resides in Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.
His elder brother is Rick Spielman, general manager of the Minnesota Vikings. His son Noah played football for Wheaton College.