George Shaw (American football)

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George Shaw
No. 14, 15, 17
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1933-07-25)July 25, 1933
Place of birth: Portland, Oregon
Date of death: January 3, 1998(1998-01-03) (aged 64)
Place of death: Portland, Oregon
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 1955 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

George Howard Shaw (July 25, 1933 – January 3, 1998) was an American football quarterback who played seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL).

Early life[edit]

A native Oregonian, Shaw quarterbacked Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, to two state football championships before enrolling at the University of Oregon,[1] where he was a first-team All-American in both football and baseball.

Professional career[edit]

He was selected by the Baltimore Colts as the first player in the 1955 NFL Draft. Shaw quickly became the starter, but in the early part of the 1956 season, he suffered a broken leg and was replaced by rookie backup Johnny Unitas. As Unitas embarked on his legendary career, Shaw lasted two more years in Baltimore as the backup before being traded to the New York Giants, where he played two seasons. Shaw played one season with the Minnesota Vikings, where he started the first game in franchise history but was replaced in the first half by rookie backup Fran Tarkenton who took over the starting job. He also played one season with the Denver Broncos of the American Football League before retiring from football in 1962.

Death[edit]

Shaw died at his home in Portland after a long illness at the age of 64.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCann, Michael C. (1995). Oregon Ducks Football: 100 Years of Glory. Eugene, OR: McCann Communications Corp. ISBN 0-9648244-7-7.
  2. ^ "Shaw, whom Unitas replaced, dies at 64". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. January 4, 1998. Retrieved 2007-02-01. [dead link]

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