The Detroit Lions will be inducting their 19th member to the team’s Ring of Honor, the Pride of the Lions, legendary linebacker Chris Spielman.
Spielman, currently the team’s Special Assistant to President/CEO and Chairperson, will be honored during halftime of the Lions home game against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 31. His name will be on permanent display at Ford Field as part of the team’s efforts to honor the greatest players in franchise history.
The team announced the news to him in a very creative, heartfelt manner, and his genuine reaction is one of the best things you will get to see all year:
“Anytime you are recognized for an individual award, as a part of a team-oriented pursuit, your immediate thoughts go to your family, teammates, coaches and all of the people in the organization,” Spielman said about his induction. “My time as a player was defined by these great relationships I forged, and I realize that they are the biggest reason for any success I may have had. It truly was an honor to represent Lions fans around the world, the city of Detroit and every Lions player past, present and future for eight great seasons. I was and always will be a part of One Pride.”
Spielman, a second-round draft pick of the Lions in 1988, would spend eight seasons (1988-95) with the organization and lead the team in tackles each year. He is Detroit’s all-time leader in career tackles with 1,138. Over the time, Spielman earned four Pro Bowl selections (1989, 1990, 1991, and 1994), and was twice named team MVP by his teammates. Under his leadership, the Lions made four playoff appearances, earned two NFC Central titles, and a berth in the 1992 NFC Championship Game.
“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,” said Detroit Lions Team President and CEO Rod Wood. “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.”