Former NFL Legend/Fox Sports Analyst Praises SF 49ers Rookie Linebacker Reuben Foster

Chris Spielman is a man who has spent virtually his entire life dedicating himself to the sport of football. The 51-year-old was born preeminently in Canton, Ohio, which is the where the Pro Football Hall of Fame has been located since its inception in 1963.

Spielman started making a legendary name for himself right in his home state of Ohio during his high school football-playing years. In 1983, he graduated from Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio and won the Dial Award for being the best scholar and high school athlete in the country. Spielman was also the first high school athlete to be featured on the front of a Wheaties cereal box.

When it came time to enter college, Spielman continued to blaze his mighty trail as a phenomenal football player. He was a two-time All-American as an Ohio State Buckeye who also won the Lombardi Award for being one of the most dominant linebackers in college football history. Spielman intercepted 11 passes during the season he won the award.

At the professional level, Spielman added to his notable football resume after being picked up by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft. The former 29th overall pick eventually racked up multiple appearances in the Pro Bowl and was a three-time NFL All-Pro. When his playing days were over, Spielman went onto the broadcasting booth to add his great football mind toward calling televised games.

Nowadays, Spielman is working for Fox Sports. On Sunday, September 10, 2017, he will be in the broadcast booth for the San Francisco 49ers' home opener against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. However, Spielman has his sights set on a 49ers rookie who has shown sheer dominance playing the inside linebacker position, Spielman's specialty.

The fear-causing defensive threat in the middle that Spielman is so excited about is Reuben Foster. Foster was the 31st pick in this year's NFL draft. He played his college ball for Nick Saban at the University of Alabama. One of the biggest hallmarks of Foster's game, according to Spielman, is his tackling abilty. "[Foster] runs through [players]," Spielman recently told the San Francisco Chronicle.

"He really closes ground quickly on guys. When he gets to the point of contact, and he’s about to make a hit, he does a beautiful job. He doesn’t run to his target; he runs through his target. And that’s really a unique quality to have. Not many guys do that because it’s against human instinct to run through something," he continued.

“I think there’s guys that do it. But there’s not many that do it with the explosiveness of Reuben," Spielman added.

Kickoff for the 49ers home opener at Levi's Stadium is scheduled for 1:25 p.m. PST.


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