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|Date of birth:June 18, 1980|
|Place of birth: Birmingham, England|
|College: Morgan State|
|NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 3 / Pick: 91|
|Debuted in 2003 for the New York Giants|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2011
Visanthe Shiancoe (pron.: / /; born June 18, 1980) is an American football tight end. He is currently a free agent.. After playing college football for Morgan State, he was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played for the Giants for four seasons from 2003 to 2006 and the Minnesota Vikings for five seasons from 2007 to 2011.
Professional career 
New York Giants 
Minnesota Vikings 
Shiancoe signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2007. He compiled 208 receptions for 2,424 yards and 24 touchdowns in his five seasons as a Viking, in regular season games. He played in 80 games, of which he started in 66. He led the NFC tight ends with seven touchdowns in 2008 and ranked third by a tight end in the NFL.
New England Patriots 
Shiancoe agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots on July 24, 2012, reportedly worth $1.2 million. He was activated on November 11, 2012 after an injury of Aaron Hernandez and a suspension of Brandon Bolden. On December 11, 2012, he was released.
Television appearances 
Shiancoe was a contestant on NBC's Minute to Win It on September 8, 2010, playing to win money for the National Kidney Foundation. When he could not perform the card trick, where he had to blow off a deck of 53 playing cards with one joker at the bottom remaining on the bottle in a minute, he successfully performed the same trick on NFL Network again in less than 30 seconds, only to realize that the final Joker card was glued on.
Towel Incident 
Fox aired a post game segment following a victory over the Detroit Lions in 2008. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf was presenting the game ball to coach Brad Childress' son, Andrew, who had enlisted in the United States Marine Corps the day before. In the background, Shiancoe was shown unclothed for a moment before covering himself with a towel. According to the NFL and Fox Sports, the image lasted a fifth of a second. Fox Sports apologized for airing the image. Through his agent, Shiancoe said he was embarrassed by the unintentional incident.
According to his official website, Shiancoe, resides in Prince George's County, but was born in Birmingham, England, in 1980, to a Liberian mother and a Ghanaian father. He moved to Silver Spring, Maryland as an infant. Shiancoe has considered opening a Liberian themed restaurant in the U.S., and he plans to become involved in causes in his mother's home country of Liberia.
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