Connor Shaw
Shaw at Cleveland Browns training camp in 2014
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-09-19) September 19, 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth: Flowery Branch, Georgia
Career information
College: South Carolina
Undrafted in 2014
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
* Cleveland Browns ( 2014 2015)
 As coach:
* Furman (2018)
Tight ends coach
Career highlights and awards
* 2014 Capital One Bowl MVP
Passing completions     14
Passing attempts     28
Completion percentage     50.0
TD–INT     0–1
Passing yards     177
Passer rating     55.2
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Connor Shaw (born September 19, 1991) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at the University of South Carolina, where he was the starting quarterback from 2011 through 2013. He was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He was also a member of the Chicago Bears.

High school careerEdit

Shaw played at Flowery Branch High School in Georgia and played for his father Lee. He passed for 5,300 yards in 2 years as the starter and was a receiver his sophomore season having 1,200 yards receiving. He was considered a 3 star recruit and received offers from South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Wake Forest, West Virginia and East Carolina his senior year.

College careerEdit

After a loss to Auburn in 2011, Stephen Garcia was benched due to inconsistent play. Shaw then passed for 311 yards and four touchdowns in a blowout of Kentucky. Shaw was named the SEC's offensive player of the week due to his performance. After missing his first pass of the game on September 22, 2012, Shaw completed his final 20 passes for 252 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Gamecocks defeated Missouri 31–10 at Williams-Brice Stadium.[1]

On October 26, 2013, Shaw was unable to start because of illness and a sprained left knee but came off the bench to lead the Gamecocks from a 17-point deficit to defeat the No. 5 Missouri Tigers 27–24 in double overtime.[2] After leading the Gamecocks to a 31–17 victory over rivals Clemson on December 1, 2013, Shaw had the best record as a quarterback in Gamecock history, finishing with a 27–5 record as a starter, including a perfect 17–0 at home.[3] On December 6, Shaw was invited to play in the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.[4]

In his final college game on January 1, 2014 Shaw ran for a touchdown, threw 3 touchdowns and caught 1 touchdown and went 22–24 throwing for 312 yards in the Capital One Bowl. He was voted the game's most valuable player for his performance.[5]


Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2010 South Carolina 23 33 69.7% 223 6.8 1 2 124.3 32 165 5.2 0
2011 South Carolina 123 188 65.4% 1,448 7.7 14 6 148.3 135 525 3.9 8
2012 South Carolina 154 228 67.5% 1,956 8.6 17 7 158.1 131 435 3.3 3
2013 South Carolina 180 284 63.4% 2,447 8.6 24 1 162.9 154 567 3.7 6
Career 480 733 65.5% 6,074 8.3 56 16 155.9 452 1,683 3.7 17


Professional careerEdit

File:Connor Shaw.jpg
Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP<th>Wonderlic</th>
6 ft 0 in 206 lb 4.66 s 1.67 s 2.72 s 4.33 s 7.07 s 34 in 9 ft 8 in <td align="center">23[7]</td>

Cleveland Browns Edit

Shaw went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, and later signed with the Cleveland Browns following the draft.[8] In his preseason debut, he completed 8 of 9 passes for 123 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions against the Washington Redskins.[9] He was released on August 30, 2014, but re-signed to their practice squad the next day.[10][11]

Due to injuries to Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer, on December 22, 2014, Shaw was called up from the practice squad to be on the active roster.[12] Shaw was also announced as the starter for the season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.[13]

In his first and only career NFL start against the Baltimore Ravens, Shaw went 14/28 for 177 yards with 1 interception and 0 touchdowns, including a 49-yard pass to wide receiver Taylor Gabriel after avoiding pressure.[14][15]

On August 13, 2015, in a preseason game versus the Washington Redskins, Shaw injured multiple ligaments in his thumb, requiring surgery. It was reported that he would be facing a 12-week recovery time along with rehab, likely keep him out for the season.[16]

On June 30, 2016, Shaw was released by the Browns.[17]

Chicago Bears Edit

On July 1, 2016, Shaw was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears.[18] The New Orleans Saints had accidentally sent out an email to the other 31 NFL teams, instead of the league office, indicating that they intended to claim Shaw off waivers. The Bears had waiver-claim priority over the Saints because of a worse 2015 record.[19] On August 30, 2016, Shaw was placed on injured reserve for a broken leg sustained in preseason.[20]

On March 4, 2017, Shaw signed a one-year extension with the Bears.[21] On May 30, 2017, he was waived by the Bears, becoming a free agent only to have the Bears rescind the waiver on the same day following an injury to Mark Sanchez.[22] He suffered a hamstring injury during a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on August 31.[23] He was waived/injured on September 2 and placed on injured reserve on September 4, 2017.[24][25] He was released on September 8, 2017.


Year Team GP GS Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2014 CLE 1 1 14 28 50.0 177 6.3 0 1 55.2 7 9 1.3 0


Coaching careerEdit

In January 2018, Shaw signed on to be a tight ends coach at Furman University.[27] In August, prior to the start of the season, Shaw resigned due to his commitment in an undisclosed "private business" opportunity. The Paladins went on to go 6-4 over the course of the season and win a share of the Conference championship.


  1. "Connor Shaw completes 20 straight passes, fuels South Carolina's rout". ESPN. September 22, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  2. "South Carolina Stuns Missouri 27-24 In 2OT: Connor Shaw Leads 17-Point Rally (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. October 26, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  3. "Connor Shaw, No. 10 South Carolina beat No. 6 Clemson". ESPN. December 1, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  4. "Connor Shaw accepts invitation to play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl «  Vandy Pride".
  5. "Connor Shaw delivers dazzling final performance in Capital One Bowl". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  6. "Connor Shaw". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  7. "Historical NFL Wonderlic Scores". Archived from the original on September 2, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  8. Alper, Josh (May 12, 2014). "Connor Shaw among 11 Browns undrafted free agent signings".
  9. "Redskins vs. Browns - Box Score - August 13, 2015 - ESPN".
  10. "Browns cut quarterback Connor Shaw". Fantasy SP. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  11. Pokorny, Chris (September 2, 2014). "Cleveland Browns' Practice Squad Includes QB Connor Shaw, WR Charles Johnson".
  12. Mello, Igor (December 27, 2014). "Browns officially promote Connor Shaw to 53-man roster".
  13. Fowler, Jeremy (December 27, 2014). "Shaw gets start for Browns; Hoyer likely out".
  14. "Browns vs. Ravens - Box Score - December 28, 2014 - ESPN".
  15. "Connor Shaw Finds Gabriel For 49 Yards".
  16. Pokorny, Chris (August 16, 2015). "Browns QB Connor Shaw to Have Surgery on Thumb".
  17. Sessler, Marc (June 30, 2016). "Browns waive Connor Shaw following two seasons".
  18. Mayer, Larry (July 1, 2016). "Bears claim quarterback Shaw".
  19. Wilson, Ryan (July 2, 2016). "Bears land Connor Shaw after Saints reportedly send email to 31 teams in error". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  20. Mayer, Larry (August 30, 2016). "Bears trim five to reach 75-man limit".
  21. Mayer, Larry (March 4, 2017). "Bears ink Connor Shaw, Patrick Scales".
  22. Bergman, Jeremy. "Mark Sanchez out until training camp with knee injury". Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  23. Millians, Rick (September 1, 2017). "Connor Shaw’s future with Bears more cloudy after injury". Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  24. Mayer, Larry (September 2, 2017). "Bears reach NFL’s 53-man roster limit".
  25. "Bears' Connor Shaw: Reverts to IR". September 4, 2017. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  26. "Connor Shaw". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  27. Kendall, Josh (January 9, 2018). "Connor Shaw has landed a new job. This one is in college coaching". Retrieved January 10, 2018.

External linksEdit

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