George Shaw (American football)

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George Shaw
Born (1933-07-25)July 25, 1933
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Died January 3, 1998(1998-01-03) (aged 64)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 183 pounds (83 kg)
Position(s) Quarterback
College Oregon
NFL Draft 1955 / Round 1 / Pick 1
Statistics
Teams
1955-1958
1959-1960
1961
1962
NFL Baltimore Colts
NFL New York Giants
NFL Minnesota Vikings
AFL Denver Broncos

George Howard Shaw (July 25, 1933 – January 3, 1998) was an American football quarterback who played seven seasons in the National Football League.

Early life[edit]

A native Oregonian, Shaw quarterbacked Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, to two state football championships before enrolling at the University of Oregon, where he was a first-team All-American in both football and baseball.

Professional career[edit]

He was selected by the Baltimore Colts as the first player in the 1955 NFL Draft. Shaw quickly became the starter, but in the early part of the 1956 season, he suffered a broken leg and was replaced by rookie backup Johnny Unitas. As Unitas embarked on his legendary career, Shaw lasted two more years in Baltimore as the backup before being traded to the New York Giants, where he played two seasons. Shaw played one season with the Minnesota Vikings, where he started the first game in franchise history but was replaced in the first half by rookie backup Fran Tarkenton who took over the starting job. He also played one season with the Denver Broncos of the American Football League before retiring from football in 1962.

Death[edit]

Shaw died at his home in Portland after a long illness at the age of 64.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shaw, whom Unitas replaced, dies at 64". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. January 4, 1998. Retrieved 2007-02-01. [dead link]

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