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 consensus 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. He graduated from [1 ] Westlake High School in Westlake Hills, Texas, a suburb of [2 ] 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. He was a two-time All- [3 ] Southwestern Conference selection in (1975, 1977), As a senior team captain in [4 ] 1977, he averaged ten tackles per game, led the Longhorns to a No. 1 ranking, and was recognized as a consensus first-team [3 ] All-American. He was also awarded the [5 ] 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, and he played for the Bears from [7 ] 1978 to 1981. In three NFL seasons, he appeared in thirty-four regular season games for the Bears, and started two of them. [1 ] He did not play during the [8 ] 1979 regular season, and his pro career was later cut short by a knee injury. [8 ] [9 ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Brad Shearer. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Brad Shearer. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
^ a b c TexasSports.com, Football, All-Time Lettermen, Brad Shearer Profile. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
^ TexasSports.com, Football, All-Conference. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 7 (2011). Retrieved June 26, 2012.
^ Associated Press, " Shearer Named Outland Winner," The News and Courier (December 11, 1977). Retrieved June 26, 2012.
^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1978 National Football League Draft. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
^ a b Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Brad Shearer. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
^ Associated Press, " Bears pay Shearer for wounded knee," Ottawa Citizen (December 11, 1986). Retrieved June 26, 2012.