Shaughnessy in the 2013 preseason.
|No. 91 Arizona Cardinals|
|Date of birth:||September 23, 1986|
|Place of birth:||Norwich, Connecticut|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||285 lb (129 kg)|
|High school:||Norwich (CT) Free|
|NFL draft:||2009 – 3rd round – 71st pick|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
|Stats at NFL.com|
Matthew K. "Matt" Shaughnessy (born September 23, 1986) is an American football linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin.
Shaughnessy attended the Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut and graduated in 2005. He earned Super Prep All-American honors and was rated one of the top 30 defensive ends in the nation, according to Rivals.com. He was named to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association and New Haven Register All-State teams in 2004. Also, he earned All-Conference and All-Area accolades in each of his three final seasons, adding three more letters in basketball and two in track. He also played in the Connecticut vs Rhode Island All-Star Football Game as a Defensive End, earning the CT Defensive Player of the Game.
Shaughnessy played in 50 games and started 46 games at Wisconsin, recording 174 tackles (109 solos) with 18.5 sacks, 41.5 stops for losses and 22 quarterback pressures. He also caused and recovered one fumble while also deflecting nine passes. As a senior in 2008 he was honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference after recorded 40 tackles (29 solo) with four sacks and eight stops for losses and 10 quarterback pressures and deflected four passes. In 2007 he was a Second-team All-Big Ten Conference and the team's Defensive Most Valuable Player. he started all 13 games at right defensive end and made 18.0 stops for losses and a career-high 60 tackles (41 solos) with five sacks, three pass deflections and four pressures. The year before, in 2005, he was First-team Freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News and ESPN.com and an honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference after appearing in 11 games, starting seven, at right defensive end and finishing with 39 tackles (20 solos), 2.5 sacks, five pressures, 7.5 stops for losses and a pair of pass deflections.
|Height||Weight||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20 ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6-5 *||260 *||4.88 *||1.69 *||2.81 *||4.88 *||7.68 *||30½" *||9'04" *||24*||23 *|
|* represents NFL Combine **represents Wisconsin Pro Day|
As a rookie in 2009, Shaughnessy played in all 16 regular season games for the Raiders, starting two. He recorded 4 sacks and 29 tackles (26 of them solo). In 2010, he played in all 16 games, starting in eight. He recorded 56 tackles (43 of them solo, 13 assisted), 7 sacks, and forced 2 fumbles. His 2011 season was cut short after a Week 3 injury against the Jets. He would be placed on injured reserve weeks after thus ending his season.