American Football Database
Shelton Quarles
No. 53     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-09-11) September 11, 1971 (age 50)
Place of birth: Nashville, Tennessee
Career information
College: Vanderbilt
Undrafted in 1994
Debuted in 1997 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last played in 2006 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Tackles     737
Sacks     13
Interceptions     4
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Shelton Eugene Quarles (born September 11, 1971 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a former linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team he played for in his ten-year career from 1997 to 2006. He now serves as a scout for the Buccaneers.

High school years

Quarles is an alumnus of Whites Creek High School in Nashville, Tennessee and was a student and a letterman in football. In football, he won a first-team All-State honors as a senior, and finished his career with 30 sacks, 505 tackles, and five interceptions. He was also a member of National Honor Society. Shelton Quarles graduated from Whites Creek High School in 1990.

College and pro career

Quarles played college football in Vanderbilt earning second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a senior and signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins in 1994 but was cut in training camp. Quarles then played for two seasons (1995-96) with the Canadian Football League's BC Lions before signing with the Buccaneers as a free agent in 1997.

Quarles helped lead the Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl championship in the 2002 season. Quarles also holds the record for the longest play in Buccaneers' history with a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in 2001. On April 24, 2007 it was announced that the Bucs were going to release him before the 2007 NFL Draft after he failed a physical.[1]

Quarles has also launched the IMPACT Foundation whose mission is to benefit at-risk children, youth, and their families by providing assistance, programs, and events designed to build self-esteem, provide unique life changing opportunities, and beneficiaries to set and achieve life goals.

Post-Playing Career

On August 1, 2007, the Buccaneers hired Quarles as a pro scout in their personnel department.

On January 20, 2011, the Bucaneers promoted Quarles to Coordinator of Pro Scouting.