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George Shaw
Date of birth July 25, 1933(1933-07-25)
Place of birth Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Date of death January 3, 1998 (aged 64)
Place of death Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 183 pounds (83.0 kg)
Position(s) Quarterback
College Oregon
NFL Draft 1955 / Round 1 / Pick 1
NFL Baltimore Colts
NFL New York Giants
NFL Minnesota Vikings
AFL Denver Broncos

George Howard Shaw (July 25, 1933 – January 3, 1998) was an American football quarterback who played seven seasons in the National Football League.


Early life

A native Oregonian, Shaw quarterbacked Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, to two state football championships before enrolling at the University of Oregon, where he was a first-team All-American in both football and baseball.

Professional career

He was selected by the Baltimore Colts as the first player in the 1955 NFL Draft. Shaw quickly became the starter, but in the early part of the 1956 season, he suffered a broken leg and was replaced by rookie backup Johnny Unitas. As Unitas embarked on his legendary career, Shaw lasted two more years in Baltimore as the backup before being traded to the New York Giants, where he played two seasons. Shaw played one season with the Minnesota Vikings and one with the Denver Broncos of the American Football League before retiring from football in 1962.


Shaw died at his home in Portland after a long illness at the age of 64.[1]

See also

External links


  1. ^ "Shaw, whom Unitas replaced, dies at 64". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. January 4, 1998. Retrieved 2007-02-01.  


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