Stephen in the 2018 NFL season.
|No. 98 – Seattle Seahawks|
February 25, 1991|
Westbury, New York
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||310 lb (141 kg)|
Long Island Lutheran|
(Brookville, New York)
|NFL Draft:||2014 / Round: 7 / Pick: 220|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2018|
Shamar Irvin Stephen (born February 25, 1991) is an American football defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Connecticut. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round, 220th overall of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Stephen attended Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School in Brookville, New York, where he was a two-sport standout playing football and basketball. As a sophomore, he played both on defense and offense and compiled 9 tackles and a sack while also rushing for 91 yards on 18 carries (5.1 avg.) and a touchdown. As a junior, he started every game at defensive tackle and recorded 41 tackles and 7 sacks. While serving as the team captain in his senior season, he earned All-American Lutheran Team honors after finishing his final prep year with 57 tackles and 12.0 sacks along with 2 blocked kicks, helping lead the Crusaders to a 7-2 record. In basketball, he was teammates with current Los Angeles Clippers player Tobias Harris as a sophomore.
Stephen played college football at Connecticut from to 2009 to 2014, where he was named a team captain prior to his senior season and also winning team MVP following the season. He was selected to the All-American Athletic Conference Second Team also in his senior season. Stephen was selected and participated in the 2014 Senior Bowl following the season at Connecticut.
|Regular season statistics||Tackles||Interceptions||Fumbles|
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 5 in
|5.25 s||1.83 s||3.02 s||4.89 s||7.81 s||30.5 in
|8 ft 7 in
|All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day|
Stephen was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round (220th overall pick) of the 2014 NFL Draft, becoming the first player from the University of Connecticut drafted by the team since running back Vince Clements in 1971.
Stephen enjoyed a solid rookie season, with only first-round linebacker Anthony Barr being more productive among Vikings' rookie defenders. In the preseason, he received first-team snaps at nose tackle and lined up in both the nose and three-technique spots. He played 42 snaps against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2, getting the second-most playing time of any Vikings defender. Stephen played in all 16 regular season games, the only Vikings rookie to do so, and started three times. He made his professional debut in the Vikings' season opener against the St. Louis Rams on September 7, 2014, notching two total tackles. He started his second career game against the Panthers in Week 13 and notched a career-best 10 tackles, with five solo stops. In the loss at Miami in Week 16, he had a season-high four quarterback hurries. On November 23, he made his first career start against the Green Bay Packers, replacing Sharrif Floyd at defensive tackle and matching his then career-best with four tackles in the game.
In his second season, Stephen played in the first five games of the season for the Vikings. In Week 2, he recovered his first career fumble against the Detroit Lions after he fell on a Theo Riddick fumble forced by safety Harrison Smith. The following week, he had season-highs in defensive snaps with 20 and tackles with two against the San Diego Chargers.
On October 18, 2015, Stephen suffered a season-ending toe injury against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6 and was carted off the field. The Vikings would go on to place him on injured reserve on October 20, 2015.
In 2016, Stephen started all 16 games, recording a career-high 39 tackles.
In 2017, Stephen was moved to a reserve role, starting only one game in 15 games played, recording 28 tackles.
- "Connecticut Profile". uconnhuskies.com.
- "2014 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings Select Shamar Stephen". dailynorseman.com. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
- "Vikings Place Shamar Stephen on IR, Sign Free Agent Kenrick Ellis". Vikings.com. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
- Drovetto, Tony (March 24, 2018). "Seahawks Sign Defensive Tackle Shamar Stephen". Seahawks.com.