DeShawn Shead

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DeShawn Shead
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Shead with the Seattle Seahawks in 2015
No. 35 Seattle Seahawks
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-06-28) June 28, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth: Palmdale, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Palmdale (CA) Highland
College: Portland State
Undrafted: 2012
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2016
Total tackles: 80
Passes deflected: 12
Interceptions: 1
Forced fumbles: 2
Sacks: 1.0
Player stats at

DeShawn Anthony Shead[1] (born June 28, 1988) is an American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2012, and became a member of the Legion of Boom. He also won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seahawks over the Denver Broncos.

Early years[edit]

Shead attended Highland High School and was a two-time All-Conference and All-CIFSouthern Section defensive back. He was named the winner of the 2006 National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete award.[2] He also ran track at Highland. He still holds the school pole vault record.


Shead played College football at Portland State. He was named PSU Most Outstanding Defensive Back for all four of his seasons. His Junior season, he was named to the 2nd team All-Big Sky Conference following season named 1st team All-Big Sky Conference.

Professional career[edit]

On April 29, 2012, Shead signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent.[3][4] On August 31, 2012, he was released.[5] On September 1, 2012 he was signed to the practice squad.[6] On November 27, 2013, he was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad.[7] Shead won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seahawks in February 2014.

After Seattle's Super Bowl XLIX loss, cornerback Byron Maxwell left for Philadelphia in free agency, leaving a starting position open opposite All-Pro CB Richard Sherman. The Seahawks signed Cary Williams in the offseason, but he was benched in Week 12 and later released. With Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon still recovering from injuries, Shead was inserted as the second cornerback against Pittsburgh in place of Williams, and played well enough to earn the starting job full time.

In Week 17, Shead recorded his first interception against the Arizona Cardinals, picking off quarterback Drew Stanton in the endzone. He finished the game with an interception, a tackle, and a pass deflection.


  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". 
  2. ^ "Portland State profile". 
  3. ^ "Seahawks announce ten undrafted free agent signings". Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Seahawks lineup 10 undrafted free agents". Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ "QB Josh Portis among the Seahawks released Friday". Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Seahawks Announce Practice Squad and Sign Tight End Moore". Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ "DeShawn Shead Bio". 

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