George Shaw (American football)

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

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Personal information
Born:July 25, 1933
Portland, Oregon
Died:January 3, 1998 (aged 64)
Portland, Oregon
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:Grant (Portland, Oregon)
NFL Draft:1955 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career NFL statistics
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Early life

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

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.


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

See also


  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.

External links

George Shaw (disambiguation)

George Shaw (1751–1813) was an English botanist and zoologist.

George Shaw may also refer to:

George B. Shaw (1854–1894), U.S. Representative from Wisconsin

George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), Irish playwright

George C. Shaw (1866–1960), Philippine–American War Medal of Honor recipient

George Ferdinand Shaw (1821–1899), Irish academic and journalist

George Shaw (academic dress scholar) (1928–2006), biologist and British expert on academic dress

George Shaw (artist) (born 1966), English contemporary artist

George Shaw (Australian politician) (1913–1966), member of the Australian House of Representatives

George Shaw (civil servant), Lieutenant Governor of the British Crown Colony of Burma, 1913

George Shaw (composer), musician and film composer

George Shaw (Tasmanian politician) (born 1932), member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council

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