Brad Shearer

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Brad Shearer
No. 72
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-08-10) August 10, 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Westlake High School,
Westlake Hills, Texas
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 3 / Pick: 74
Debuted in 1978 for the Chicago Bears
Last played in 1981 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1977
Games played 34
Games started 2
Stats at
Stats at
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Sterling Bradford Shearer (born August 10, 1955) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons. He played college football for the University of Texas, received All-American honors, and was recognized as the best college interior lineman in the country. A third-round pick in the 1978 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the NFL's Chicago Bears.

Early years[edit]

Shearer was born in Houston, Texas.[1] He graduated from Westlake High School in Westlake Hills, Texas,[2] a suburb of Austin, where he played for the Westlake Chaparrals high school football team.

College career[edit]

Shearer received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he played for the Texas Longhorns football team from 1974 to 1977.[3] He was a two-time All-Southwestern Conference selection in (1975, 1977),[4] As a senior team captain in 1977, he averaged ten tackles per game, led the Longhorns to a No. 1 ranking,[3] and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.[5] He was also awarded the Outland Trophy, recognizing him as the best interior lineman during the 1977 college football season.[3][6]

Professional career[edit]

The Chicago Bears picked Shearer in the third round (74th pick overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft,[7] and he played for the Bears from 1978 to 1981.[1] In three NFL seasons, he appeared in thirty-four regular season games for the Bears, and started two of them.[8] He did not play during the 1979 regular season,[8] and his pro career was later cut short by a knee injury.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Brad Shearer. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  2. ^, Players, Brad Shearer. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c, Football, All-Time Lettermen, Brad Shearer Profile. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  4. ^, Football, All-Conference. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  5. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 7 (2011). Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  6. ^ Associated Press, "Shearer Named Outland Winner," The News and Courier (December 11, 1977). Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  7. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1978 National Football League Draft. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  8. ^ a b, Players, Brad Shearer. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  9. ^ Associated Press, "Bears pay Shearer for wounded knee," Ottawa Citizen (December 11, 1986). Retrieved June 26, 2012.