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September 2, 2021

#89: The Winning Mindset with Chris Spielman

In this edition of the True Underdog Podcast, Jayson Waller hosts a special guest and NFL Detroit Lions legend, Chris Spielman. An All-Star linebacker from Massillon Ohio, he was a 2 time All American for The Ohio State University Buckeyes. Chris played for 11 years in the NFL for the Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, and […]

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In this edition of the True Underdog Podcast, Jayson Waller hosts a special guest and NFL Detroit Lions legend, Chris Spielman.

An All-Star linebacker from Massillon Ohio, he was a 2 time All American for The Ohio State University Buckeyes. Chris played for 11 years in the NFL for the Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, and the Cleveland Browns. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

Our guest is also a former NFL analyst with Fox Sports, a Professional Speaker and a Cancer Warrior – Chris continues the fight that he and his late wife Stefanie started together shortly after her first diagnosis. He found his biggest opponent to be off the field.

As well as being an Author and ESPN College Football Analyst, Chris was recently appointed as the Special Assistance to the Owner and CEO of his former Football club, the Detroit Lions!

Chris’ life has an order: Faith, Family and Community – and he lives by it.

“Commitment is not a test drive. It is a firm resolve to purpose and the foundation for every choice that fulfils your goals. It is life with a vision. Embrace it. Anything less is just trial and error.”

– Chris Spielman

Discussion Points:

Upbringing and Growing up a son of a football coach and teacher
Passion for Football
Being drafted by the Detroit Lions
Wife’s battle with cancer and being a full-time mum and dad
Falling in love again and getting married
Having faith and perspective on the path
His Comeback to the Detroit Lions and new chapter as Special Assistant to the CEO
Creating Culture
Being a Servant Leader to serve others
How to empower others by producing and overcoming adversity

Sponsored by – James Allen

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Timestamps:

00:00:00 – Introduction to Chris Spielman

00:01:08 – Childhood and Early Days

00:02:20 – Being in a Football Family

00:03:00 – Father preventing Chris to play football at Michigan State

00:04:00 – Off-season at Michigan State and being Drafted

00:05:45 – Daughters wisdom about his new job

00:07:15 – Being a “girls” dad and a Father

00:08:09 – Wife’s fight with Cancer and becoming a full-time parent

00:10:55 – Self-love and falling in love again

00:11:15 – Faith and Perspective | Life lessons

00:11:40 – Comeback to Detroit’s Lion as special Assistant to CEO

00:12:50 – Dan Cambell: The motivator at Detroit Lions

00:13:53 – Being a Servant Leader and Culture

00:15:40 – The Tradeoff

00:16:35 – Finding the Define Leader | How to empower others by Producing

00:19:40 – Outro

Mentioned In The Episode:

Website: https://chrisspielman.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Spielman.Chris/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chris_spielman/

Podcast – Spielman and Hooley: https://spielmanandhooley.com/

Book – “That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris and Stephanie Spielman Story”
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thats-why-im-here-chris-spielman/1100643422#:~:text=In%20That’s%20Why%20I’m,comfort%20in%20times%20of%20struggle

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