6. Chris Spielman
One of the fiercest linebackers in Ohio State football history, Chris Spielman was a really player in college. He was a consensus All-American in 1986 and a unanimous All-American in 1987 when he won the Lombardi Award and the Chic Harley Ward.
Spielman was a second-round pick by the Detroit Lions in 1988 and was instantly an impact player. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times and was a Second-team All-Pro player two times. He was also named First-team All-Pro in 1991 too.
Spielman is in the Lions’ Ring of Honor and was named to both their 75th Anniversary Team and their All-Time Team. He could have been great later in his career too if he had not suffered a neck injury that forced him to miss most of the 1997 season.
In 1998, Spielman sat out that season to care for his wife Stephanie as she battled breast cancer. She ultimately died due to the disease in 2009 and her name appears on Ohio State’s cancer research building. Spielman was the ultimate family man.
Had those two things not happened, he could have had a Hall of Fame career. He was still a really good player for a Lions franchise that doesn’t have too much history of greatness. Spielman was truly great. The next person on our list was truly great too.