Condolences to Spielman family

The death of Stefanie Spielman hits hard in two NFC North locales.

Spielman, who succumbed Thursday to breast cancer, was the wife of former Detroit linebacker Chris Spielman (1988-95). She was also the sister-in-law of Minnesota vice president Rick Spielman, Chris’ brother.

In a statement, Detroit president Tom Lewand said: “The Lions’ family is deeply saddened with the passing of a good friend. Stefanie touched the hearts of everyone who knew her. With her strong faith and Chris’ devoted support, Stefanie smiled in the face of adversity and used her battle with cancer to help countless others. She was and always will be an inspiration. Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts go to Chris and the family.”

Ditto from the entire NFC North community.