- Shaun King
number =10, 11
birthdate =birth date and age|1977|5|29
birthplace =St. Petersburg, Florida
Tampa Bay Buccaneers(1999-2003)
* Las Vegas Gladiators (Arena) (2007)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats(CFL) (2007): *Offseason and/or practice squad member only
stat3label =QB Rating
Shaun Earl King (born
May 29, 1977in St. Petersburg, Florida) is a football analyst on " ESPN First Take" and former National Football League quarterback.
King is a 1995 graduate of
Gibbs High School(St. Petersburg, FL)
college footballat Tulane Universitybetween 1995 and 1998, [ [http://www.jsonline.com/packer/stat/apr99/qb-king.asp NFL Draft] ] leading Tulane to an undefeated season and a win over Brigham Young Universityin the Liberty Bowl, in the process setting the single-season NCAA Division I-A record for passing efficiency in 1998 of 183.3. In the same year he became the first player in NCAA history to both pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game against Army on November 14th.His quarterback coach was Rich Rodriguezand his head coach was Tommy Bowden. He finished 10th in voting for the 1998 Heisman Trophy. King is a member of Kappa Alpha PsiFraternity, Inc. King co-captained the 1998 12-0 Green Wave along with right tackle Dennis O'Sullivan.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
King subsequently was drafted in the second round of the
1999 NFL Draftby the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his hometown team. Near the midpoint of the 1999 season, quarterback Trent Dilfersuffered a season-ending injury, thrusting King into the starting quarterback role.
King took over the offense, and helped rally the team to the
NFC Centraltitle, and a victory over the Redskins in the divisional playoffs. A week later, the team fell just short of Super Bowl XXXIVwhen they lost the NFC Championship11-6 to the St. Louis Ramswith King at the helm.
King's best professional season was in 2000, when he started all sixteen regular-season games for the Buccaneers. A thrilling rematch against the Rams on "
Monday Night Football" proved to be one of King's most memorable games. Trailing 35-31 with 1:21 remaining, Tampa Bay faced a 4th and 4 at the 29 yard line. King was tripped up, but scrambled 6 yards for a first down. Four plays later, Tampa Bay scored the game-winning touchdown, the seventh lead change of the game, and clinched a playoff berth. A win in week 17 would clinch a second consecutive division title and a first-round bye in the playoffs, potentially propelling Tampa Bay to their first Super Bowl appearance. However, the Buccaneers fell in overtime to the Green Bay Packers, and ultimately lost to the Eagles in the wild card round.
After the disappointing end to the 2000 NFL season, King was replaced by Brad Johnson for 2001 and relegated to a backup role for the following three seasons. In the 2002 season, Brad Johnson was injured and missed a game against the
Carolina Panthers. Rob Johnson started at quarterback, but struggled to lead the offense, which managed to tie the game at 9-9 late in the fourth quarter. After a hard hit, Rob Johnson had to sit out a play on the final drive, prompting a cold-off-the-bench Shaun King to run in suddenly and throw an unexpected and decisive first down. A few plays later, Martin Gramaticascored the game winning field goal, which would not have been possible without King's dramatic play.
A few weeks later, starter Brad Johnson was injured once again, and King was placed as the starter against the
Pittsburgh Steelerson "Monday Night Football". After some fanfare, King had a dismal first half, falling behind 14-0 after two quick turnovers. King was benched, and Rob Johnson salvaged a 17-7 loss. King would not play another down for the Buccaneers that season, as they advanced to the postseason. He suited up as the #3 quarterback for Tampa Bay's victory in Super Bowl XXXVII, but did not play in the game. King returned as the backup quarterback in 2003, but only appeared in three games, starting none. His final game as a Buccaneer was in the final week against the Titans. The Buccaneers, already eliminated from playoff contention, had fallen behind early, and King took over in the second half to wind up the disappointing season.
After Tampa Bay
In 2004, he signed with the
Arizona Cardinalsas a free agent, but only started two games and was released at the end of the season.
He signed a free agent contract with the
Detroit Lionsin spring 2006, but was released after the Lions signed Josh McCownand Jon Kitna. On Friday June 2, 2006he signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts, but was then released as a free agent on September 3.
November 29, 2006 King signed with the Las Vegas Gladiatorsof the Arena Football League. He threw 10 touchdowns against the Grand Rapids Rampageon March 8, 2007, but was released by the team after a 1-5 start on April 10of the same year.
May 30, 2007, King signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Catsof the Canadian Football League. King was released eighteen days later, citing an inability to adapt to the CFL game in the short time frame. [ [http://www.ticats.ca/index.php?module=newser&func=display&nid=16647 http://www.ticats.ca/index.php?module=newser&func=display&nid=16647] ]
The Shaun King Foundation, headquartered in
Winter Haven, Florida, is the principal supporter for the Kings Kids program in partnership with Boys & GirlsClubs of the Suncoast, St. Petersburg, Florida
In July of 2008, King, working as an ESPN analyst, commented that NFL players such as
Daunte Culpepper, Aaron Brooks and other recently released black quarterbacks were not signed to new teams because of race. [http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/25919309.html?location_refer=Vikings:highlightModules:5]
* [http://www.bucpower.com/shaun-king.html http://www.bucpower.com/shaun-king.html]
* [http://www.ticats.ca/index.php?module=roster&func=display&ros_id=1191 Hamilton Tiger-Cats profile]
* [http://www.shaunking.net/ Official website]
* [http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/stats?playerId=1803 ESPN.com stats]
* [http://www.arenafan.com/players/Shaun_King-10327/ AFL stats from arenafan.com]
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