Ernest Shazor

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Ernest Shazor
No. 35
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-07-14) July 14, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school: Detroit (MI) King
College: Michigan
Undrafted in 2005
Debuted in 2005 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Ernest Haskel Shazor (born July 13, 1983) is a former American college and professional football player who was a safety in the National Football League (NFL) for a single season. Shazor played college football for the University of Michigan, and was a consensus All-American. He played professionally for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.

Early years[edit]

Shazor was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Martin Luther King High School in Detroit, where he played for the King Crusaders high school football team. As a senior in 2000, he led the Crusaders to their first Detroit Public School League title since 1991. The Parade magazine high school All-American was selected Michigan Player of the Year by USA Today in his final campaign. He was rated the best prep prospect in the Midwest and the No. 3 defensive back in the nation by SuperPrep. He was a consensus all-state choice and a member of The Detroit News ' Blue Chip List (top-rated player).[1][2][3]

He recorded 224 tackles, caused two fumbles, blocked eight punts and intercepted 21 passes as a safety, and tallied 11 receptions and four touchdowns as a wide receiver during his last two years at MLK. Shazor was credited with 97 tackles, eight interceptions, two forced fumbles and blocked two punts during his senior year.[4] He was also part of the track team at MLK where he ran a personal best 10.7 in the 100 meter dash.[3]

College career[edit]

Shazor attended the University of Michigan, and played for coach Lloyd Carr's Michigan Wolverines football team for three years from 2002 to 2004.[5] Shazor redshirted as a freshman and appeared in 12 games as a reserve safety in 2002, posting 25 tackles (18 solos) with a four-yard sack and two forced fumbles. He took over strong safety duties in 2003, starting the final 11 games. Shazor finished fourth on the team with 57 tackles (40 unassisted), adding eight stops behind the line of scrimmage, two interceptions and three pass deflections.[6]

As a junior in 2004, Shazor started every game at strong safety and led Michigan with 84 overall tackles (17 solo), 10 tackles for loss, two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries.[6] At the end of the 2004 season, Shazor was selected as a first-team All-American by the Associated Press,[7] Football Writers Association of American, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, CBS Sports, College Football News, and Rivals.com. He was also a finalist for the coveted Jim Thorpe Award.[8]

In three seasons with the Wolverines from 2002 to 2004, Shazor was credited with 166 overall tackles (125 solo), 19 tackles for loss, three sacks for minus-23 yards, eight pass break-ups, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also had four interceptions for 123 yards in returns and a touchdown.[6]

Professional football[edit]

In January 2005, Shazor announced that he would forego his final year of eligibility in order to play professional football.[9] Though undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft, Shazor was signed as a free agent by the Arizona Cardinals in April 2005.[10] He was activated on the Cardinals' roster in mid-November 2005,[11] and he played in two games for the Cardinals during the 2005 NFL season.[12] The Cardinals announced Shazor's release and granted him an injury settlement September 4, 2006.[13]

In December 2006, Shazor agreed to a one-year contract with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League.[14] In February 2007, the Predators announced that Shazor had not shown up for training camp, and no explanation had been given for his absence.[15] Nearly two weeks later, The Orlando Sentinel reported that the "mystery surrounding" Shazor continued as he had still not shown up in the Predators' training camp.[16] He was put on waivers by the Predators in May 2007.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Angelique S. Chengelis (2001-01-14). "Top recruit Shazor readies for U-M". The Detroit News. 
  2. ^ John Niyo (2000-08-24). "Detroit King's Shazor leads pack of top-notch seniors With 4.45 speed and a yearning for hard hits, playmaker is every recruiters dream". The Detroit News. 
  3. ^ a b "The Blue Chip List". The Detroit News. 2002-01-14. 
  4. ^ "Leading Defensive Back Makes Big Plays". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2001-01-28. 
  5. ^ "Michigan Safety Will Enter the Draft: Shazor expects to be picked early". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 2005-01-10. 
  6. ^ a b c "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  7. ^ "2004 AP ALL-AMERICA (Division I) FOOTBALL TEAMS". Journal - Gazette. Ft. Wayne, Ind. 2004-12-14. 
  8. ^ Gennaro Filice (2005-01-05). "Shazor unclear on going pro". The Michigan Daily. 
  9. ^ Angelique S. Chengelis (2005-01-09). "U-M's Shazor to declare for NFL draft". The Detroit News. 
  10. ^ John Heuser (2005-04-25). "Undrafted Shazor signs free-agent deal; Michigan safety headed for Arizona". The Grand Rapids Press. 
  11. ^ "U-M's Shazor activated". The Grand Rapids Press. 2005-11-19. 
  12. ^ "Ernest Shazor profile". pro-football-reference.com. 2010-04-26. 
  13. ^ "Shazor released with injury settlement". KFFL. 2006-09-04. 
  14. ^ "Local Beat". Orlando Sentinel. 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  15. ^ Josh Robbins (2007-02-14). "NFL veterans hope to help Preds: Dwayne Carswell and Greg Jefferson bring 17 seasons of NFL experience to Orlando". The Orlando Sentinel. 
  16. ^ Josh Robbins (2007-02-25). "Receiver released; more cuts coming". The Orlando Sentinel. 
  17. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. 2007-05-22.