Shiloh Keo
Keo with the Denver Broncos in 2016
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-12-17) December 17, 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth: Bothell, Washington
Career information
College: Idaho
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 144
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Houston Texans ( 2011 2014)
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl Champion (50)
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Tackles     93
Sacks     0.0
Interceptions     3
Pass deflections     8

Shiloh Keo (born December 17, 1987) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. Selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans, he played college football for the University of Idaho.

Early life and high school

Born in Bothell, Washington, northeast of Seattle, Keo is one of seven children of Regan and Diana Keo. Regan is an ILWU longshoreman of native Hawaiian origin, and Diana is Cuban-American; they coached football and softball for 27 years.[1][2]

Keo is a 2006 graduate of Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett, north of Seattle, where he played under head coach Terry Ennis. He transferred from Woodinville in 2004, following his sophomore year. As a senior in 2005, he played in the 2A state championship game at the Tacoma Dome; both teams entered undefeated, but top-ranked AMHS lost to Pullman by four points.[3][4]

College career

Keo earned the starting job as a true freshman at the University of Idaho in 2006 under head coach Dennis Erickson, establishing himself as a leader in the secondary with 72 total tackles. He was named an honorable mention on the Sporting News All-Freshman Team. In 2007 under first-year head coach Robb Akey, Keo was the Vandals' team MVP; he established a new school record with a 100-yard punt return against Northern Illinois, in addition to also setting records in punt return yardage and punt return average.

Injured early during the 2008 season, Keo redshirted and returned as a first team all-WAC conference safety as a junior in 2009, Idaho's first winning record since 1999, ending with a Humanitarian Bowl victory in Boise. In 2010, Keo was once again named team MVP and earned 2nd team all-WAC conference honors.

Professional career

Houston Texans

Keo was selected by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft, the 144th overall pick.[5] He quickly made his mark in Houston as a standout player on special teams, notching 14 tackles and 1 interception in limited playing time. In 2012, he was voted as a team captain alongside J. J. Watt and Chris Myers.

Going into the 2013 season, Keo battled with veteran Ed Reed for the starting safety position in the Texans' secondary. Keo started the first two games of the season, notching seven tackles and 8 yards rushing after a successful fake punt against the San Diego Chargers in the season opener.[6] The Texans began increasing Keo's involvement in the defense in Week 6 and by Week 9, he was the starting safety.[7] After Reed was cut by the Texans on November 12, Keo was officially listed as the team's starting safety. After an injury sidelined Keo early in the 2014 season, Keo was released from his contract.

Cincinnati Bengals

Keo signed a future contract with the Cincinnati Bengals and joined the team on February 2, 2015, but was released on September 5.[8]

Denver Broncos

On December 9, 2015, Keo was signed by the Denver Broncos after tweeting former coach Wade Phillips, to "keep him in mind if another roster opening came around."[9] In the regular season's final game on January 3 against the San Diego Chargers, Keo intercepted a tipped ball off Philip Rivers which ultimately led to the game-winning touchdown drive.

In the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots on January 24, 2016, Keo recovered the Patriots' onside kick attempt with twelve seconds left in the game, preserving a 20–18 win. It sent the Broncos to Super Bowl 50 on February 7,[10] where they won 24–10 over the NFC champion Carolina Panthers.[11]

Keo signed a one-year contract with the Broncos on April 18, 2016, but was released on September 17.[12] He was re-signed on September 20,[13] and released on October 25.[14]

New Orleans Saints

Three weeks later, Keo was signed by the New Orleans Saints on November 9,[15] where he completed the 2016 season. He signed a one-year contract extension on March 8, 2017,[16] but was released on May 15.[17]

Personal life

Keo met his wife Keanna in college at Idaho, and they settled in 2015 near Boise at Eagle with their two sons.[18] The couple welcomed a third child in the spring of 2016.[19]

In Idaho on February 13, 2016, six days after the Super Bowl win, Keo was pulled over by the state police in Ada County for having a broken taillight. He was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). In a drunken rant, Keo was captured on police footage saying such things as "hey, Obama, I can't wait to meet you... tell you about this bullshit" and "this is exactly why we have riots throughout the country, because of this bullshit." Keo later plead guilty to misdemeanor DUI, had his driver's license suspended and was ordered to serve a year of probation and pay a $952.50 fine.[20][21]


  1. "Longshoreman & wife support their community, family – and son who played in the Super Bowl". (International Longshore and Warehouse Union). March 29, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  2. Ringer, Sandy (December 1, 2015). "Keo helps energize Archbishop Murphy". Seattle Times. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  3. Boyle, John (December 3, 2005). "Top-ranked Archbishop Murphy falls to Pullman in 2A title game". Seattle Times. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  4. Wasser, Aaron (December 5, 2005). "Pullman prevails". Moscow-Pullman Daily News ((Idaho-Washington)): p. 1B.
  5. "2011 NFL Draft Listing" (in en).
  8. Harvey, Coley (September 5, 2015). "Cincinnati Bengals cut 21 players, put Vontaze Burfict on PUP". Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  9. "Broncos sign Shiloh Keo after he tweeted Wade Phillips". Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  10. Rosenthal, Gregg. "Broncos ride defense to Super Bowl bid in win over Patriots". Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  11. "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  12. Jhabvala, Nicki (April 21, 2016). "Broncos sign safeties Shiloh Keo, Brandian Ross to one-year contracts – The Denver. Post". Denver Post. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  13. Mason, Andrew. "Broncos to bring back Shiloh Keo; waive Kyle Peko".
  14. Swanson, Ben (October 25, 2016). "Broncos agree to terms with Patriots on trade for TE A.J. Derby, release Shiloh Keo".
  15. "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". November 9, 2016.
  16. Teope, Herbie (March 8, 2017). "Saints bring back safety Shiloh Keo on one-year deal: source".
  17. "Saints Announce Roster Moves After Rookie Minicamp". May 15, 2017.
  18. Southorn, Dave (February 6, 2016). "Shiloh Keo and family settle in Eagle, set for Super Bowl". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  19. Stites, Adam (June 17, 2016). "It’s baby season in the NFL". SB Nation. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  20. Jhabvala, Nicki (July 1, 2016). "Shiloh Keo pleads guilty to misdemeanor DUI in Idaho". Denver Post. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  21. Ley, Tom (July 27, 2016). "Broncos Safety During DUI Arrest: "Hey, Obama, I Can't Wait To Meet You, Bruh. Tell You About This Bullshit."". Deadspin (Gawker Media). Retrieved July 27, 2016.

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