- Not to be confused with British comic book artist Sean Phillips, or American musician Shawn Phillips
Shaun Phillips during the 2013 NFL season.
No. 90 Denver Broncos
|Date of birth:May 13, 1981|
|Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 98|
|Debuted in 2004 for the San Diego Chargers|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2013
Shaun Jamal Phillips (born May 13, 1981) is an American football linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Purdue University, and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
Phillips grew up in Willingboro, New Jersey and attended Willingboro High School in Willingboro Township, New Jersey, lettering in football, basketball, and track. In football, he was an All-City selection, an All-South Jersey selection, and an All-State selection.
After being forced to sit out his freshman season due to low standardized test scores, Phillips was immediately assigned to the defensive side of the ball, and started as a freshman at defensive end. He earned All-Big Ten honorable mention in each of his first three seasons.
As a senior, Phillips totaled 14.5 sacks, pushing his career total to 33.5, a school record, highlighted by a 3.5 sack performance in Purdue's 26-23 win at Wisconsin Badgers. He was named a second-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten performer. Phillips started 49 consecutive games as a Boilermaker.
Phillips was often used on offense as a tight end in goal line situations, and caught two touchdown passes during his career. He completed his collegiate career at Purdue University as the school's all-time leader with 33.5 career sacks while ranking third in team annals with 60.5 tackles for a loss.
Shaun Phillips graduated from Purdue University in May 2003 with a degree in restaurant, hotel and institutional management.
2004 NFL Draft
Phillips was drafted by the Chargers 98th overall in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft and was the 3rd Purdue player selected after Nick Hardwick and Stuart Schweigert, who both went in the 3rd round.
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|6 ft 3 in||255 lb||4.69 s||4.23 s||6.56 s||33 in||19 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
San Diego Chargers
In his rookie season, Philips was used as a backup pass rush specialist. He played in all 16 gamesand was second on the team with four sacks. He also forced 2 fumbles and had 4 sacks.
In 2005, in the same role, Philips had 7 sacks while playing alongside rookie sensation Shawne Merriman.
On April 14, 2006, Shaun Phillips was arrested after he scuffled with a patrolofficer. Phillips, then 24, was booked into San Diego County jail on a chargeof obstructing or resisting an officer in the performance of his duty. Phillips was freed after posting $10,000 bail, according to the Sheriff's Department.
Prior to the 2006 season, Phillips had mostly been used as a pass rush specialist rather than an every-down linebacker. But with the September 2006 shooting of teammate Steve Foley, Phillips moved into the starting right outside linebacker spot previously occupied by Foley. He made an instant impact and finished his first season as a starter tied for 9th in sacks in the NFL despite missing 2 games with a midseason calf injury. He was a second alternate for the 2007 Pro Bowl
He and Shawne Merriman produced 28 sacks as they formed one of the best pass rush in the NFL. Philips finished with 65 tackles, 11.5 sacks, six pass breakups and four forced fumbles despite missing two games with an ankle injury.
Following the 2006 season, the Chargers signed Shaun Phillips to a six-year extension through 2012. The deal guaranteed him $13 million over the first two years. He was originally scheduled for restricted free agency.
In his Fourth year, he emerged as a leader on the defense. He started in 15 games and tacked on 68 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two interceptions and a touchdown.
In 2008, he appeared in 16 games with 16 starts. He tacked on 74 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 4 pass defenses.
In 2009, Philips led the NFL with a career-best seven forced fumbles in 2009 while leading San Diego to its fourth consecutive AFC West title. Before the season, Phillips was cited for misdemeanor battery for allegedly striking a security guard in the face at a downtown hotel early Sunday morning. It was Phillips' second run-in with the law in three seasons.
In the 2010 season, the pass rusher played in all 16 games and finished with 55 tackles and a team-high 11 sacks. He also registered an interception that he returned 31 yards for a touchdown and was named to his first Pro Bowl. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after producing a career-high four sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown vs. Arizona
Coming off a Pro Bowl year, Phillips was hurt and slowed by a lingering foot injury. He had 3.5 sacks, a career low, and two interceptions in 12 games.
On April 27, 2013, Phillips signed with the Denver Broncos. On June 24, 2013, Phillips says he accepted less money to play for the Broncos. "That's why I came here, to be in this situation, to be with a team that is right there in the mix," Phillips said.
In his debut as a Bronco, Phillips had 2.5 sacks on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. He now has 18 tackles, 7.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. on the season. In week 8, Phillips intercepted Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, to seal the deal for the Broncos.
- Shaun Phillips player profile, San Diego Chargers. Accessed July 20, 2007. Shaun grew up in Willingboro, New Jersey, not far from Lincoln Financial Field, where the Philadelphia Eagles play their home games. Shaun was all-state, All-South Jersey and all-city at Willingboro High School in Willingboro, New Jersey.
- Posner, Jay (2005-08-25). "Phillips gets A+ for belief in himself". San Diego Union Tribunel. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
- "Shaun Phillips Purdue Player Bio". Retrieved 2009-08-27.
- Packers.com » News » Stories » April 12, 2004: Gil Brandt's NFL Draft Analysis By Position: Defensive Ends
- "Shaun Phillips signs one-year Denver Broncos contract". nfl.com. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "Shaun Phillips says he took less for Broncos". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
- Shaun Phillips Official Website
- Shaun Phillips on Twitter
- Shaun Phillips Official Blog on Yardbarker
- Shaun Phillips profile at San Diego Chargers
- Purdue Boilermakers profile