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Robert Spillane

Michael and Gretchen Spillane raised Robert, along with his four siblings, Nora, Henry, Tim, and Simmie, in Oak Park, Illinois. Robert grew up in a close-knit family, with 50 first cousins within the Chicagoland area. Robert's childhood was filled with laughter, playful rivalries, and countless hours spent playing sports in their backyard. At a young age, Robert’s love for sports burned through him, particularly he was drawn to the game of football! 

Robert idolized his grandpa, Johnny Lattner, a legendary Heisman Trophy winner from Notre Dame in 1953.


As Robert grew older, his physicality and competitive spirit became more apparent. In fifth grade, he was finally allowed to play tackle football, and it was a dream come true. Robert thrived on the field, using his natural talent and unwavering determination to dominate his opponents. His hunger to pursue a football career ignited within him. When it was time for high school, Robert decided to attend Fenwick High School, the same school his grandfather had attended. Robert was able to continue his football career as he earned a scholarship to Western Michigan University. Robert reflects highly on  his college experience, under the leadership of Coach PJ Fleck. Although Robert went undrafted in the 2018 NFL draft, Robert continued to persevere. 


Robert joined the Steelers with renewed determination and a burning desire to prove himself. The underdog had become a force to be reckoned with, capturing the attention of his teammates, coaches, and football enthusiasts across the nation. Robert completed five seasons as a Steeler, before signing with the Las Vegas Raiders in the Spring of 2023. In Robert's first year with the Raiders, he was named team captain and led the team in tackles. Robert Spillane's story is a testament to the power of perseverance, family support, and the unwavering belief in oneself.


Robert loves to spend time impacting people around him. 

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