Former Ohio State All-American and NFL All-Pro linebacker Chris Spielman is leaving ESPN to return to FOX Sports as a NFL and college football analyst. Spielman had been a member of ESPN’s College Football Saturday crew which included Sean McDonough, and Todd McShay. McDonough also left the broadcast in order to become the new voice for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
A native of Massillon, Ohio, Spielman graduated from The Ohio State University in 1988. He was taken 29th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions where he played eight seasons. He also spent two seasons with the Buffalo Bills, and retired in 1999 as a member of the Cleveland Browns. He was inducted into College Football’s Hall of Fame in 2010.
Spielman entered the broadcasting industry in 1999 with FOX Sports Net. He spent two years serving as a NFL studio analyst before moving to ESPN in 2001. Aside from a one-year departure in 2004, Spielman had been with the worldwide leader in sports for the past fifteen years.
“I’m excited about being part of FOX’s NFL and college football coverage for years to come.” said Spielman.
FOX Sports President, Production & Executive Producer John Entz added “Chris is a tremendous broadcaster with a wealth of NFL and college football knowledge. His outstanding career both on and off the field brings a huge amount of credibility to FOX Sports. We feel really fortunate to have him with us.”