Shaun Phillips

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Shaun Phillips
No. 58     Tennessee Titans
Outside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-05-13) May 13, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Willingboro (NJ)
College: Purdue
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 98
Debuted in 2004 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2014
Tackles 524
Quarterback sacks 80.5
Interceptions 7
Forced Fumbles 23
Stats at NFL.com

Shaun Jamal Phillips (born May 13, 1981) is an American football linebacker for the Tennessee Titans 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. He has also played for the Denver Broncos.

Early years[edit]

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.[1]

College career[edit]

Phillips accepted a scholarship offer to attend Purdue University following high school, choosing Purdue in part due to his desire to catch passes from quarterback Drew Brees as a tight end.[2]

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.[3]

Professional career[edit]

2004 NFL Draft[edit]

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.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 255 lb 4.69 s 4.23 s 6.56 s 33 in 19 reps
All values from NFL Combine[4]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

In his rookie season, Philips was used as a backup pass rush specialist. He played in all 16 games and was second on the team with four sacks. He also forced 2 fumbles.

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.[5]

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.

Denver Broncos[edit]

On April 27, 2013, Phillips signed with the Denver Broncos.[6] 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.[7]

In his debut as a Bronco, Phillips had 2.5 sacks on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. On the season, he played in all 16 games, starting 12 (including the final 9 straight), finishing the season with 35 tackles (28 solo), 10 sacks, a pair of forced fumbles, an interception, and 5 blocked passes.[8] In week 8, Phillips intercepted Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, to seal the game for the Broncos.

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Phillips signed with the Tennessee Titans on March 28, 2014.[9]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2004 SD 16 26 21 5 4.0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
2005 SD 15 34 32 2 7.0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2006 SD 14 65 42 23 11.5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
2007 SD 15 68 52 16 8.5 3 0 0 2 36 18 18 1 5
2008 SD 16 74 52 22 7.5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2009 SD 16 59 47 12 7.0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2010 SD 16 55 47 8 11.0 0 1 0 1 31 31 31 1 7
2011 SD 12 42 29 13 3.5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5
2012 SD 16 50 33 17 9.5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2013 DEN 16 35 28 7 10.0 2 0 0 1 3 3 3 0 5
Career 152 508 383 125 79.5 22 9 0 7 70 10 31 2 42

[10]

Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Personal life[edit]

Phillips has three children. Jaylen Phillips, Marcus Phillips, and Camron Phillips.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Posner, Jay (2005-08-25). "Phillips gets A+ for belief in himself". San Diego Union Tribunel. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Shaun Phillips Purdue Player Bio". Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  4. ^ Packers.com » News » Stories » April 12, 2004: Gil Brandt's NFL Draft Analysis By Position: Defensive Ends
  5. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2408750
  6. ^ "Shaun Phillips signs one-year Denver Broncos contract". nfl.com. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Shaun Phillips says he took less for Broncos". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.nfl.com/player/shaunphillips/2505923/gamelogs
  9. ^ Titans Agree To Terms with LB Shaun Phillips
  10. ^ "Shuan Phillips Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 

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