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|Date of birth:March 22, 1907|
|Place of birth: New York City, New York|
|Date of death: February 5, 2001(aged 93)|
|Place of death: Carrollton, Georgia|
|College: New York University|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Staten Island Stapletons ( 1929)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Jack Emanuel "Soupy" Shapiro (March 22, 1907 – February 5, 2001) was a professional football player who played in one game with the Staten Island Stapletons of the National Football League (NFL) in 1929. Shapiro is most famous for being the shortest player in NFL history at about 5 ft 1 in (Script error m). He was featured on the special NFL Films Presents: One-game Wonders.
In 1907, Shapiro was born in New York City, New York, United States, North America. His parents had immigrated[when?] to the United States with their previous four boys and three girls, as well as their niece. Jack was the only one of his family to be born in America. His father and two of his brothers did odd jobs for a living, resulting in earnings of $9.00 a week.
Shapiro attended Evander Child High School in the Bronx. While in high school, he was a starter on the football team for three straight years. During the last game in his senior year, however, he was injured and was forced out of the game. His playing weight in high school was 85 pounds (39 kg).
Prior to joining the Stapletons, Shapiro played college football, while attending New York University. He played fullback for the Violets in 1927 when the team posted a 7-1-2 record while outscoring their opponents by 345-65. He joined the NYU team his freshman year as a "walk on". By his sophomore year, he was given a full scholarship and was awarded a varsity letterman that season.
In 1929, Shapiro played in one NFL game with Staten Island. As the shortest player in the history of the NFL, Shapiro played as a blocking back in the Stapletons' 34-0 victory over the Minneapolis Red Jackets. Shapiro later stated that he was, in fact, on the Stapletons roster for five games, playing in two regular-season games and one exhibition game. The regular-season games were late in the season against the Minneapolis Red Jackets and Orange Tornadoes.
- Jews in Sports profile
- Bashore, Mel (1999). ""Cup of Coffee" Players: Jack Shapiro". Coffin Corner (Professional Football Researchers Association) 21 (4): 1–2. http://www.profootballresearchers.org/Coffin_Corner/21-04-811.pdf.