A. Q. Shipley

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A. Q. Shipley
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Shipley with the Colts in 2014
No. 53 Arizona Cardinals
Position: Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-05-22) May 22, 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth: Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 307 lb (139 kg)
Career information
High school: Moon (PA) Area
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 7 / Pick: 226
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Games played: 73
Games started: 38
Player stats at NFL.com

Allan Quay "A. Q." Shipley (born May 22, 1986) is an American football center for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football for Penn State.

Shipley has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, and Indianapolis Colts.

Early years[edit]

Shipley attended Moon Area High School in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. As a team captain, he helped the football team reach the 2003 WPIAL Class AAA semifinals. He was a named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25, and the Harrisburg Patriot-News Platinum 33 lists and played in the 2004 Big 33 Football Classic. He also was a three-year starter in basketball,[1] helping to lead the team to win the 2003-2004 PIAA state championship.[2]

Regarded as four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Shipley was listed as the No. 12 defensive tackle prospect in the class of 2004.[3]

College career[edit]

During his career at Penn State, Shipley switched positions on the offensive and defensive lines, several times.[1] Shipley's redshirt freshman season at Penn State began with him playing on the offensive line and ended with him playing defense. At the beginning of the 2006 season Shipley was switched back to the offensive line and he spent the season as the starting center and anchored the offensive line for Tony Hunt's record-setting senior season. Shipley is known for his engaging personality and has served as the team Santa Claus for the Nittany Lions' annual Christmas party.[1] He is a team leader who has sought out leaderships positions.

Shipley began the 2008 season on the Lombardi,[5] Outland,[6] and Rimington Trophy[7] watchlists. By October, he had earned mid-season All-American honors from Sports Illustrated, College Football News, CBS Sports, and Phil Steele.[8][9] At season's end, he was awarded the Rimington Trophy, awarded annually to the best center in college football.[10] He was also named an All-American,[11][12] a consensus first team All-Big Ten selection, and the conference's Offensive Lineman of the Year.[13] Shipley earned a Bachelor of Science in labor studies from Penn State in 2008.

He was a 2008 team captain[14] for the Nittany Lions. He was the recipient of the 2008 Dave Rimington Trophy.

Professional career[edit]


Shipley was invited to the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine where he bench pressed 33 reps of 225 lbs. (fifth among offensive linemen at the combine) and measured a 31-inch vertical jump (eighth among offensive linemen at the combine).[15] He ran 7.46 in the 3 cone drill and 4.40 in the 20-yard shuttle (second and fifth, respectively, among offensive linemen at the combine).[15] Shipley also scored a 40 on the Wonderlic Test—double the average score for NFL draft prospects.[16]

Shipley was in a strong draft class for his position and was ranked the sixth best center by NFLDraftScout.com. He was projected by the majority of analysts and scouts to be a fourth-fifth round pick.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1 in 304 lb 5.26 s 1.85 s 3.06 s 4.40 s 7.46 s 31 in 8 ft 4 in 33 reps 40
All values from NFL Combine[17]

2009 NFL Draft[edit]

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Shipley in the 7th round (226th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He was the last of seven centers selected during the draft.

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]


On June 18, 2009, he signed a three-year, $1.22 million contract.[18] He was waived on September 4, 2009 and was signed to the practice squad on September 6.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]


On January 11, 2010, the Philadelphia Eagles signed him to a three-year contract.[19] He was waived on September 4, 2010, and re-signed to the team's practice squad on September 5, 2010. He spent the entire season on the practice squad, and was re-signed to a future contract on January 10, 2011. He was waived during final cuts on September 2, 2011.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]


On January 29, 2012, the Indianapolis Colts signed Shipley, reuniting him with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Shipley competed with Samson Satele in training camp and was ultimately named the backup center to begin the season. He made his professional debut in the Indianapolis Colt's season-opening 21-41 loss at the Chicago Bears.

On October 7, 2012, Shipley made his first career start in place of an injured Samson Satele.[20] He finished the regular season with five starts and playing in 14 games.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]


On May 9, 2013, the Indianapolis Colts traded Shipley to the Baltimore Ravens for a 2014 conditional seventh-round draft pick.[21]

He entered training camp competing with Gino Gradkowski for the vacant starting center position left by the retirement of Matt Birk. Shipley was named the backup to Gradkowski to begin the regular season.[22] On November 3, 2013, Shipley made his first start of the season, in place of Gradkowski, during a 18-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns. He started the last nine games of the regular season, while appearing in all 16.[20].

On August 30, 2014, Shipley was waived by the Ravens.[23]

Return to Indianapolis Colts[edit]


On August 31, 2014, the Indianapolis Colts claimed Shipley off of waivers after starting center Khaled Holmes suffered an injury during the first snap of the preseason.[24]

He was immediately inserted into a competition for the starting center position against rookie Jonotthan Harrison. Shipley was named the starting center for the season opener against the Denver Broncos. After starting and playing well in the first four games, he was surprisingly demoted to the backup position behind undrafted rookie Jonotthan Harrison. He finished the 2014 season playing in 15 games, started five, and was ranked as the 13th highest graded center in the NFL by Pro Football Focus.[20][25]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]


On March 11, 2015, the Arizona Cardinals signed Shipley to a two-year, $1.57 million contract that includes $300,000 guaranteed and a $100,000 signing bonus.[26] This reunited him with head coach Bruce Arians for the third time on their third different team.

Shipley entered training camp competing to be the Cardinal's starting center, but was named the backup to Ted Larsen.[27] He made his Cardinal's debut in their 31-19 season-opening victory over the New Orleans Saints. On October 26, 2015, he made his first start at center for the Cardinals in a 26-18 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. In his first season with the Arizona Cardinals, he appeared in 12 games and started three.[20]


The following season, Shipley entered training camp competing with rookie Evan Boehm and veteran Taylor Boggs after Larsen departed for the Chicago Bears in free agency. The Arizona Cardinals named him their starting center to open the season. He started all 16 regular season games, as the Cardinals finished with a 7-8-1 record.[20]


On March 9, 2017, the Arizona Cardinals signed him to a two-year, $3.5 million contract extension, that includes a $725,000 signing bonus.[28][29]


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  2. ^ For Moon, PIAA basketball title a tough act to follow
  3. ^ "Defensive Tackles 2004". Rivals.com. January 13, 2004. 
  4. ^ Sam Ross Jr. "Shipley hopes to be center of Lions' offense". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Archived from the original on 2008-06-17. Retrieved July 11, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Evans & Shipley Named to Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. 2008-03-10. Archived from the original on 16 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  6. ^ "2008 Outland Trophy Watch List Announced". NCAAFootball.com. 2008-04-18. Archived from the original on 2017-04-09. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  7. ^ "Shipley Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. 2008-05-07. Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  8. ^ "Trio of Nittany Lions honored on mid-season All-America teams". The Pennsylvania State University. 2008-10-17. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  9. ^ "Phil Steele's 2008 Midseason All-American and All-Conference Teams". Phil Steele's Publications. Retrieved 2008-10-30. [dead link]
  10. ^ Musselman, Ron (2008-12-10). "PSU Football: Shipley receives national award". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on 13 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  11. ^ Brennan, Mark (2008-12-12). "Maybin, Shipley Gain All-America Honors". Fight On State/Scout.com. Archived from the original on 12 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  12. ^ "FWAA Names 2008 All-America Team". Football Writers Association of America. 2008-12-13. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  13. ^ "2008 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team: As selected by Conference Coaches" (PDF). GoPSU.com. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  14. ^ "Nittany Lions Announce Captains for 2008 Season". Pennsylvania State University. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved April 29, 2008. 
  15. ^ a b "2009 NFL Scouting Combine: Top Performers". National Football League. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  16. ^ Flounders, Bob (2009-04-25). "PSU hopefuls come with question marks". The Patriot-News. 
  17. ^ "A.Q. Shipley, DS #6 C, Penn State". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Ex-PSU center signs with Super Bowl champions". Big Ten Network. 2009-06-18. 
  19. ^ McPherson, Chris (January 11, 2010). "WRs Norwood, Collins Inked To New Deals". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 
  20. ^ a b c d e "NFL Player Profile: A.Q. Shipley". NFL.com. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Indianapolis Colts Football | IMMEDIATE REACTION: COLTS ACQUIRE 2014 DRAFT PICK FOR CENTER A.Q. SHIPLEY". Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  22. ^ "Ourlads.com: Baltimore Ravens Depth Chart". ourlads.com. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  23. ^ Sun, Baltimore. "Ravens cut Derek Cox, Dominique Franks, Keith Wenning, A.Q. Shipley". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  24. ^ "Colts Claim Center A.Q. Shipley; Name 2014 Practice Squad". www.colts.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  25. ^ Josh Wilson (July 8, 2015). "Cardinal's center A.Q. Shipley enjoying football again after trying 2014 season with the Colts". stampedeblue.com. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  26. ^ Urban, Darren (March 11, 2015). "Cards add A.Q. Shipley, Cory Redding". AZCardinals.com. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Ourlads.com: Arizona Cardinals Depth Chart: 08/01/2015". ourlads.com. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  28. ^ Odegard, Kyle (March 9, 2017). "Cardinals Bring Back A.Q. Shipley". AZCardinals.com. 
  29. ^ Josh Weinfuss (March 16, 2017). "Breaking down A.Q. Shipley's two-year contract". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 

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