After a collegiate career that placed his 3,553 rushing yards second on Ohio State's all-time list, only behind two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, Tim Spencer was the second overall selection in the inaugural 1983 USFL Draft and the first drafted player to sign - with George Allen and the Chicago Blitz.

Splitting backfield duties with Kevin Long in Chicago (and in Arizona in 1984), Spencer gained 2,369 yards and scored 23 touchdowns with the Blitz/Wranglers, playing a key role in both teams playoff appearances and the '84 Wranglers trip to the USFL Championship Game.  In 1985 he was surprisingly left unprotected in the Wranglers' merger with the Oklahoma Outlaws, and the Memphis Showboats picked up his contract.  In Memphis he rushed for 789 yards and 3 touchdowns, but he would manage to make 1985 another 1,000-yard year in a manner of speaking, signing with the San Diego Chargers that fall and rushing for another 478 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Spencer's career would continue in the NFL with San Diego, where he played through 1990.

After a few years away from the football scene, Spencer returned to the game as a coach with his alma mater, staying with Ohio State for a decade as the team's running backs coach.  He returned to Chicago, and the NFL, in 2004 joining Lovie Smith's Bears staff as its running backs coach, guiding the team to an NFC championship in 2006.


Chicago Blitz,
Arizona Wranglers,
Memphis Showbaots


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