Spencer Tillman
Date of birth: (1964-04-21) April 21, 1964 (age 56)
Place of birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Career information
Position(s): RB
College: University of Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 5 / Pick 133
 As player:
Houston Oilers
San Francisco 49ers
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 1982 Big Eight Conference UPI Player of the Year
1983 Big Eight Football Newcomer of the Year
1987 Orange Bowl MVP
Playing stats at

Spencer Tillman (born April 21, 1964 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a former professional American football player who played running back for eight seasons for the Houston Oilers and San Francisco 49ers.

College careerEdit

College FootballEdit

Tillman was an All-America running back for the University of Oklahoma (1982–85) and was the captain of the 1985 National Championship team when it defeated Penn State, 25–10, in the Orange Bowl.

He received several awards during his playing career, including UPI Player of the Year in the Big Eight Conference in 1982, Big Eight Football Newcomer of the Year in 1983 and MVP of the 1986 Orange Bowl.


Tillman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1986 and a bachelor's degree in communications in 1988 from the University of Oklahoma.

Professional FootballEdit

Houston OilersEdit

Spencer Tillman was drafted in the 1987 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers as the 133rd Overall Pick in the 5th round. He played for the Oilers for two seasons (1987–88).

San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl XXIVEdit

In the 1988 off-season, Tillman was traded to the San Francisco 49ers where he played for three seasons (1989–91). He was Co-Captain with Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott as part of the 49ers roster at Super Bowl XXIV when they defeated the AFC Champion Denver Broncos.

Return to the OilersEdit

In 1992, Tillman was traded back to Houston, where he completed his playing career (1992–94).

Sports BroadcastingEdit


After being drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1987, Tillman worked as an anchor and reporter at KPRC-TV during the seven-month off-season. His football and broadcasting careers developed in tandem as he hosted two radio sports-talk shows and was a reporter and anchor for a radio PM magazine in Oklahoma City prior to his television jobs.

CBS SportsEdit

Spencer Tillman joined CBS Sports in 1999 as lead studio analyst for College Football Today, the network's pre-game studio show. Tillman, who had served as WABC-TV's weekend sports anchor in New York from 1997 to 1999 and spent 10 years as a sports anchor for KPRC-TV Houston, is paired with Tim Brando at the College Football Today desk. Tillman and Brando also broadcast regional NFL games for CBS from 2000–2003. In the first three years, Tillman and Brando were the eighth team of the NFL games for CBS; however, Tillman and Brando were demoted to the ninth team of the NFL games for CBS and replaced by Bill Macatee and Jerry Glanville in the eighth team in 2003.

He has also served for four years as a reporter for the Network's NCAA tournament coverage and is an anchor for regional broadcasts on Fox Sports Networks. He also served as host of DirecTV's "NFL Sunday Ticket."

KGOW 1560 AM HoustonEdit

Spencer Tillman began duties as the voice of KGOW 1560 The Game, a Houston sports talk radio station, when the station launched its new format in August 2007. Spencer's role includes reading promotional copy for the station as well as weekly on-air time during football season.

KTRK abc13 HoustonEdit

Spencer Tillman is a current co host of KTRK's Houston Texans Inside The Game, a 30 minute weekly post game recap and analysis program that typically follows KTRK abc Eyewitness news on game days.

Personal lifeEdit

Spencer currently lives in Sugar Land, Texas, along with his wife, Rita, and their four daughters.

External linksEdit

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