COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The wife of former NFL and Ohio State star Chris Spielman has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.
WBNS radio in Columbus, where Chris Spielman co-hosts a show, says 42-year-old Stefanie Spielman died Thursday at the family's home in Upper Arlington.
Stefanie Spielman was 30 years old and three months pregnant in 1998 when she detected a lump in her breast. She later miscarried and discovered she had cancer.
Chris Spielman was playing linebacker with the Buffalo Bills when he decided to give up football for a year to stay home with his wife and children. When his wife lost her hair because of chemotherapy treatments, he shaved his head.
The Spielmans became advocates for breast-cancer detection and research, winning several awards for their dedication to the cause.
Chris Spielman was a standout linebacker at Ohio State and a 10-year NFL veteran. He's currently a college football analyst at ESPN.
The Buffalo Bills released the following statement Friday afternoon:
"The Bills organization is deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Stefanie Spielman. Her courageous battle against cancer touched many lives and serves as an inspiration to us all. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to Chris and the entire Spielman family during this difficult time."