April 28, 1953 |
|High school:||Elkhart (IN)|
|NFL Draft:||1976 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33|
|Career NFL statistics|
Shafer Suggs (born April 28, 1953 in Elkhart, Indiana) is a former American football safety in the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the second round of the 1976 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ball State.
Suggs played college football at Ball State University. While there he set the school record for interceptions in a season with 8 in 1975 and career interceptions with 14. As a senior, he was the Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year and was an AP second team All-American. Suggs was also a three-year starter on the basketball team.
New York Jets
Suggs was drafted by the New York Jets in the second round of the 1976 NFL Draft. As a rookie in 1976 Suggs started 10 games at cornerback, recording one interception. During his second year he moved to strong safety, where he started eight of nine games. He missed seven games due to a shoulder separation he suffered in car accident on his way to training camp. In 1978 Suggs returned from injuries to start all 16 games at strong safety for the Jets, leading the team in tackles. In 1979 Suggs started 15 of 16 games at strong safety, recording three interceptions. During the season, he scored his first and only NFL touchdown, returning an interception 32 yards, in a Monday Night Football game against the Minnesota Vikings. In 1980 Suggs started four games for the Jets before suffering an injury.
Suggs was traded to the Cincinnati Bengals during the 1980 season. Suggs played the final four games for the Bengals with no starts.