Join Chris Spielman, & his Family in the Fight Against Cancer

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As upset as I get when the Chicago White Sox lose to the Minnesota Twins, or as “Earth-shattering” as this summer’s NBA free agent news seemed the moment it became public knowledge, I have perspective. I know that what I observe, analyze and then publish about every day is a matter of win or lose, not life or death.

The sports world is filled with people who have perspective- like Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. Stan and I have both fought and conquered Hodgkin’s disease- twice. And in a remarkable instance of coincidence, I received my own stem cell transplant, 6 years to the exact date of Bowman’s. Since 2003, I have been in remission and living healthy enough to even swim in the Triathlon last summer. I actually met Bowman in a cancer survivor/patient support group before I started covering his team.

Saturday night, I met another famous sports figure, Ohio State legend Chris Spielman, whose life has unfortunately also been shaped by this monstrous illness. On the night of his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, I spoke with Spielman about the Stefanie Spielman Fund.

By Paul M. Banks

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Spielman Enters Hall of Fame, Forecasts 2010 Ohio St. Buckeyes

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Each member of the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame class had a large contingent of fans present in South Bend, Indiana this weekend to honor him. But of the 24 person class, the partisans present on behalf of Ohio State legend Chris Spielman stood out above the rest. They were the largest group; over a hundred strong showed up sporting Spielman’s scarlet #36 jersey.

And as well they should have- because Spielman truly made a name for himself during his four years in Columbus, leading the Buckeyes to three consecutive bowl games and two Big Ten Championships. Like every player eligible for CFHOF induction, he was also a first team All-American; and first team All-Big Ten three times.

Today, he works as a college football color commentator in Columbus for local sports talk radio as well as ESPN. So when I had an exclusive with him on Saturday, my first question was, of course, what about the 2010 Buckeyes?

By Paul M. Banks

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College Football’s Biggest Awards Weekend begins Today

Ohio St.’s Chris Spielman enshrined at CFB HOF next Weekend

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Thousands of college football fans from across the country will join the National Football Foundation from July 16-17 at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., for the organization’s annual Enshrinement Festival, which will pay tribute to the storied careers of Chris Spielman from the Ohio State University along with 23 other football standouts as they are formally enshrined into the Hall of Fame.

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