One of Ohio State’s all-time greats is being recognized as one of the Detroit Lions’ all-time greats.
Two-time All-American linebacker Chris Spielman, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009 for his greatness as a Buckeye, will receive another prestigious honor later this month when he is inducted into Pride of the Lions, the Detroit Lions’ ring of honor.
The Lions surprised Spielman with the news on Thursday, and his reaction – which can be seen in the video below – made clear just how much the honor means to him.
Spielman, who played for the Lions from 1988-95 and now works for the organization as a special assistant to team president Rod Wood, will become the 19th member of Pride of the Lions, joining a list of Lions greats that also includes another Buckeye great, former Ohio State and Lions cornerback Dick LeBeau.
Spielman led the Lions in tackles in all eight of his seasons playing in Detroit and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection during his years with the franchise.
“The Detroit Lions could not be prouder of Chris Spielman's accomplishments on the field and in the community. He was pivotal to the success the team enjoyed during his time as a player and his induction into the Pride of the Lions cements his place in our history,” Wood said in a statement. “We are thrilled Chris has rejoined the organization as a key member to build the future and we are proud to present him with the highest individual honor we can give to a Lions Legend.”