By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Chris Spielman – Signed by the Bills in 1997
The marriage between the Bills and Chris Spielman essentially lasted only two years. It’s too bad it couldn’t have been longer.
Spielman was an Ohio State grad who found himself drafted by a Michigan team – Detroit – in 1988. During an eight-year run, the Lions made the playoffs four times and the NFC Championship game once. Detroit hasn’t had it that good since the 1950s. Spielman was a force at inside linebacker, leading the team in tackles seven straight times.
In 1997, the Bills needed a replacement for Cornelius Bennett and grabbed Spielman in free agency. It was a great fit. Spielman led the team in tackles with 111. He was doing well a year later when he suffered a spinal neck injury that ended his season. Chris then took 1998 off because his wife was battling cancer. He tried to play for the Browns in 1999, but another neck injury convinced him to retire.
Chris had the chance recently to talk about his days with the Bills:
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