Bob Spitulski

Bob  Spitulski

Football: 1988-91

Hall of Fame:
Class of 2009

Bob Spitulski, then known as "Bobby", was a dominant outside linebacker over his four-year career with the Knights that ultimately led to his third round selection by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1992 NFL Draft.

As a player for UCF, Spitulski was remarkable. He still ranks among the top career tacklers at UCF close to 20 years later. He currently owns the school-mark for tackles for loss in a game (7 vs. Savannah State in 1991). His 46 career tackles for loss are fifth-most at UCF.

In 1990, he put together the third-most sacks in a single season (13), while his 22 career sacks tie for fifth all-time.

Getting to the quarterback was an art form for Spitulski, as he led the team in sacks three of his four seasons.

In 1991, as a senior, he was a preseason All American, team captain and would go on to become a third team All-American from the Associated Press following the year. As a redshirt freshman in 1988, the team started 5-0, including a big 26-18 win over National Champion Troy State at the Citrus Bowl, in front of a school-record 31,789.

In its final year playing at the Division II level in 1989, the Knights defeated three Division I-AA schools and won six of its final seven games to end the year 7-3.

The first year playing at the Division I-AA level was a memorable one. UCF put together one impressive debut, going 10-4, while advancing all the way to the national semifinals. UCF was the first program to qualify for the playoffs in its first season at that level.

A diamond in the rough, Spitulski was the highest rated linebacker at the 1992 NFL combine. After his third round selection, 66th overall, Spitulski would go on to spend three years in Seattle, 1992-94.

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