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Shaun Gayle
Jersey #(s)
Born March 8, 1962 (1962-03-08) (age 47)
Newport News, Virginia
Career information
Year(s) 19841995
NFL Draft 1984 / Round: 10 / Pick: 271
College Ohio State
Professional teams
Career stats
INT 16
INT yards 278
Touchdowns 2
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Shaun Lanard Gayle (born March 8, 1962 in Newport News, Virginia) is a former American football cornerback/safety in the NFL. He played twelve seasons, eleven for the Chicago Bears (1984-1994), and one for the San Diego Chargers (1995). He was a member of the Bears squad that won Super Bowl XX in 1985. He was also a member of the "Shuffling Crew" in the video The Super Bowl Shuffle.Gayle attended Ohio State University.

Gayle owns the distinction of returning the shortest punt for a touchdown in NFL history, when he returned a punt five yards for a touchdown against the New York Giants in the Bears 1985 divisional playoff victory. He is now appearing at the Chicago Bears Fan Convention. He currently works as a guest NFL analyst for Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.

Gayle was in a relationship with Rhoni Reuter, originally of Potosi, Wisconsin. On October 4, 2007, Reuter - who was approximately seven months pregnant with Gayle's child - was shot and killed at home, along with her unborn daughter.

On March 3, 2009, a Chicago woman, Marni Yang, 41, was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Rhoni Reuter at Reuter's Deerfield condominium on Oct. 4, 2007. It is alleged that Yang was wearing a disguise when she shot and killed Reuter in a jealous rage.[1]

The Deerfield police previously stated that they did not consider Gayle to be a suspect in the murder. They had sought a male teenager who was seen running from the area. Gayle had in the past complained that a former girlfriend of his had harassed Reuter and others, and had sought a restraining order against this woman. On October 4, before hearing of Reuter's death Gayle's attorney had filed a new complaint against this woman, claiming that the woman had violated the order.[2]




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