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Michigan's Runyan, Ohio State's Spielman Honored

November 21, 2012
Richmond High School



Park Ridge, Ill. - Michigan's Jon Runyan was honored with the Big Ten's Ford-Kinnick
Leadership Award, while Ohio State's Chris Spielman was named the recipient of the
Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award, the conference announced on Wednesday. The awards
recognize Big Ten football players that have achieved success in the areas of
humanitarianism and leadership after their college careers have ended.



A first-team All-Big Ten offensive lineman, Runyan sits on the U.S. House of
Representatives (R-N.J.) and currently serves on the Tactical Air and Land, and
Readiness subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee. The former
All-American was also actively involved in several community service initiatives
during his NFL career, including the New Jersey Special Olympics, the American Red
Cross, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Runyan
also served on the Board of the Alzheimer's Association of the Delaware Valley and
hosted the "Score for the Cure" Golf Tournament to benefit prostate cancer research
in New Jersey. A member of Michigan's 1993 Rose Bowl winning team and a 14-year NFL
veteran, Runyan played in two Super Bowls and started 207 NFL contests in his
career, including 192 consecutive games.



The Buckeyes' all-time leader in solo tackles, Spielman, along with his late-wife
Stefanie, formed The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research in 1999,
which has raised more than $11 million for cancer research. Spielman, along with his
wife, also established Stefanie's Champions to recognize one of the most critical
factors in surviving cancer - loving, unwavering support. A two-time All-American
and the 1987 Lombardi Award recipient, Spielman was enshrined into the College
Football Hall of Fame in 2009. Selected in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft by
the Detroit Lions, Spielman appeared in four Pro Bowls and is the Lions' all-time
leader in tackles. He retired from the NFL in 1999 to take care of his wife and
their four children and remains committed to her legacy of hope and finding a cure
for cancer.


The Ford-Kinnick Leadership and Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian awards are part of the
Big Ten's enhanced awards program. The Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award is named for
Michigan's Gerald Ford and Iowa's Nile Kinnick. The Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian
Award is named for Minnesota's Tony Dungy and Indiana's Anthony Thompson. For more
information on these awards, including biographical information on the namesakes,
visit www.bigten.org<http://www.bigten.org>.


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