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Spielman in college hall

Former Bills linebacker Chris Spielman is among 24 men being enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame this year. Spielman, who starred at Ohio State, had a short-lived but memorable tenure with the Bills from 1996-98. The hall's class of 2010 will be featured in a show on ESPN on Saturday. For those who covered the team then, Spielman is one of the all-time favorite Bills. One of many memorable Spielman stories came from Kent Hull, who recalled Spielman's first preseason game with the Bills in '96. Hull walked into the Bills' locker room three hours before the game was to begin. The room was relatively empty. But Spielman was there, in full uniform, all taped up, and with his helmet on, sitting on a stool in front of his locker. Hull said something like, "Chris, what do you think you're doing?" Spielman said, "I'm getting ready to play." Hull said, "Do you realize Marv Levy is coaching this team, and you'll be lucky to play one full series?" Speilman said, "No I'm playing a lot." ... He played a series.

---Mark Gaughan

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