Vereen with the Patriots in 2013
|No. 34 New York Giants|
|Date of birth:||March 2, 1989|
|Place of birth:||Valencia, California|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school:||Valencia (CA)|
|NFL draft:||2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015|
Shane Patrick-Henry Vereen (born March 2, 1989) is an American football running back for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football for the California Golden Bears.
Vereen was born in Valencia, California, where he attended Valencia High School. A three-year varsity football player, Vereen also played basketball and was one of the Southland’s top sprinters, recording the fastest 100-meter time of any junior in Southern California during the 2006 track and field season. His best 100-meter dash time was 10.6 seconds and his best 200-meter dash time was 21.5. He graduated with a 4.0 grade point average.
In 2008, he served as the primary backup to Jahvid Best as part of Cal's two running back system, playing in all of the team's 13 games. In the season opener against Michigan State, he rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown. The game marked the first time that two Cal running backs had completed over 100 yards rushing since the 2006 Holiday Bowl, with Best tallying 111 yards in the victory. For the season, he rushed for 715 yards and 4 touchdowns, along with 27 catches for 221 yards and a touchdown.
After Jahvid Best suffered a severe concussion versus Oregon State, Vereen took over the job of primary running back for the final four games of the 2009 season. In the 2009 Big Game, Vereen rushed a career-high 42 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns, helping Cal upset Stanford 34-28. For the season, Vereen rushed for 952 yards and 12 touchdowns, along with 25 receptions for 244 yards and two touchdowns. He also competed on the track team during the 2009 season in the 100 metres.
In the 2010 season opener against UC Davis on September 4, Vereen had 67 rushing yards for two touchdowns, with a third receiving in a 52–3 blowout victory. He followed this up with 60 rushing yards and one score as well as a receiving touchdown the following week against Colorado. On September 17 he had a career-high 198 rushing yards and three touchdowns as Cal fell to Nevada in Reno, and 102 rushing yards while being kept out of the end zone in a narrow loss to Arizona on September 25. On October 9, Vereen had a 151-yard rushing performance with two touchdowns against UCLA. He finished the season with 1,167 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns to go with 22 catches for 209 yards and three touchdowns.
New England Patriots
Vereen was selected by the New England Patriots in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 56th overall pick. He was signed to a four-year contract by the Patriots on August 1, 2011. On November 21, Vereen scored his first career NFL touchdown on a four-yard run in a 34-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. On November 22, 2012, Thanksgiving night, Vereen caught an 83-yard touchdown reception in a 49-19 rout of the New York Jets. The catch is currently the longest of his career.
In the Patriots' first game of the 2012 NFL Playoffs, against the Houston Texans, Vereen had a career day: he had five receptions for 83 yards, scoring touchdowns on two of them. He also added a third touchdown on one of his 7 rushes for 41 yards. Vereen became only the second player in Patriots postseason history to score both a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in the same postseason game (Deion Branch is the other). In addition, he became only the third player in NFL history to score two receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in a postseason game (Roger Craig and Ricky Watters are the others). On February 1, 2015, Vereen caught 11 passes for 64 yards and won Super Bowl XLIX with the Patriots.
New York Giants
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His father, Henry Vereen, was a ninth round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1979 NFL Draft, and played wide receiver in the Canadian Football League for the BC Lions in the early 1980s. Vereen is a first cousin once removed of stage actor and dancer Ben Vereen. Shane's younger brother, Brock Vereen, was a safety on the football team at the University of Minnesota and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears.
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