C. J. Spillman

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C. J. Spillman
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Spillman with the 49ers in 2013.
No. 37     Dallas Cowboys
Safety / Special teamer
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-05-06) May 6, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Louisville, Kentucky
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: Louisville (KY) Central
College: Marshall
Undrafted in 2009
Debuted in 2009 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2014
Tackles 87
Sacks 0.0
Interceptions 0
Stats at NFL.com

Claude Norman "C. J." Spillman, Jr (born May 6, 1986) is an American football safety and special teamer for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Marshall.

Early years[edit]

He attended Louisville Central High School. He played running back and defensive back while in high school.[1] He was an all-state and all-conference selection while in high school.[1]

College career[edit]

He was selected to the second-team All-Conference USA following his junior season.[1]

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

After going unselected in the 2009 NFL Draft, Spillman was signed by the San Diego Chargers on April 27, 2009.[2][3] He was waived on October 11, 2010, after struggling with his play on special teams.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Spillman against the Packers in 2012.

The San Francisco 49ers claimed Spillman on October 12, 2010 after he was waived by the Chargers.[4] He quickly established himself as a standout in the 49ers' special teams units registering 17 tackles after only playing in 11 games.[5] In 2011, he led the team with 19 special teams tackles.

On March 6, 2012, he was signed to a $6 million three-year contract.[6]

After playing mainly in goal-line defensive packages, during the 2012 and 2013 preseasons, he had a chance to earn the free safety starting job, but couldn't hold the position. In 2013, he led the team with 19 special teams tackles.[7]

He was cut on August 30, 2014, because of salary cap reasons.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Spillman signed with the Dallas Cowboys on August 31, 2014. On October 2, 2014 it was reported that Spillman is under investigation for sexual assault.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Spillman has two sisters, Cherisse and Claudia.[3] His father, Claude Spillman Sr., played football at Western Kentucky University. He maintains his offseason home in San Diego.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Marshall Thundering Herd Profile". herdzone.cstv.com. 
  2. ^ Spillman signs with Chargers
  3. ^ a b "Former Central High Star C.J. Spillman to Play in Super Bowl for 49ers". USATodayHSS.com. January 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-23.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (October 12, 2010). "Niners edge Browns for C.J. Spillman". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  5. ^ C.J. Spillman is finally getting what he has been pushing for – a chance to play safety
  6. ^ "49ers sign C.J. Spillman to 3-year deal". ESPN.com. March 6, 2012. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  7. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas-cowboys/post/_/id/4732768/safety-spillman-agrees-to-deal-with-dallas
  8. ^ Cardona, Clara (October 2, 2014). "New info in sexual assault inquiry involving Cowboys' C.J. Spillman details when offense occurred". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "49ers connection to Drew Brees and Darren Sproles". http://blog.sfgate.com. 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 

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