Brad Shearer

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Brad Shearer
No. 72
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-08-10) August 10, 1955 (age 62)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Westlake Hills (TX)
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 3 / Pick: 74
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 34
Games started: 2
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Sterling Bradford Shearer (born August 10, 1955) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons. He played college football for the University of Texas, received consensus All-American honors, and was recognized as the best college interior lineman in the country. A third-round pick in the 1978 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the NFL's Chicago Bears.

Early years[edit]

Shearer was born in Houston, Texas.[1] He graduated from Westlake High School in Westlake Hills, Texas,[2] a suburb of Austin, where he played for the Westlake Chaparrals high school football team.

College career[edit]

Shearer received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he played for the Texas Longhorns football team from 1974 to 1977.[3] He was a two-time All-Southwestern Conference selection in (1975, 1977),[4] As a senior team captain in 1977, he averaged ten tackles per game, led the Longhorns to a No. 1 ranking,[3] and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.[5] He was also awarded the Outland Trophy, recognizing him as the best interior lineman during the 1977 college football season.[3][6]

Professional career[edit]

The Chicago Bears picked Shearer in the third round (74th pick overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft,[7] and he played for the Bears from 1978 to 1981.[1] In three NFL seasons, he appeared in thirty-four regular season games for the Bears, and started two of them.[8] He did not play during the 1979 regular season,[8] and his pro career was later cut short by a knee injury.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Brad Shearer. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  2. ^, Players, Brad Shearer Archived 2012-06-01 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c, Football, All-Time Lettermen, Brad Shearer Profile. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  4. ^, Football, All-Conference Archived September 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  5. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 7 (2011). Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  6. ^ Associated Press, "Shearer Named Outland Winner," The News and Courier (December 11, 1977). Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  7. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1978 National Football League Draft. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  8. ^ a b, Players, Brad Shearer. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  9. ^ Associated Press, "Bears pay Shearer for wounded knee," Ottawa Citizen (December 11, 1986). Retrieved June 26, 2012.