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Shawn Andrews
No. --     Free Agent
Guard / Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: December 25, 1982 (1982-12-25) (age 27)
Place of birth: Camden, Arkansas
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 335 lb (152 kg)
Career information
College: Arkansas
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Debuted in 2004 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Games played     50
Games started     50
Fumbles recoved     0
Stats at NFL.com

Shawn Cornelius Andrews (born December 25, 1982 in Camden, Arkansas) is an American football guard who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles 16th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arkansas.

Andrews has earned three Pro Bowl selections in his career, in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

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Early years

Shawn Andrews was born on Christmas Day in 1982 to his mother Linda Andrews. He was raised, along with his two brothers, Stacy (who plays for his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles), and Derrick, in the city of Camden, Arkansas. Shawn attended Camden Fairview High School, where he was exceptionally successful as an offensive lineman for the football team under head coach Marion Glover.

Andrews earned numerous accolades including Parade, USA Today and Prep Football Report All-American first team honors. He also participated for the high school track team in shot put and discus.

College career

Andrews' outstanding high school career garnered him a lot of attention from colleges across the nation. He ultimately decided to stay close to home and play college football at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he was a teammate of Jason Peters. There he started as a freshman and made an instant impact.

Andrews improved each year and was a consensus All-American selection during his junior season. He was also a finalist for the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy that same year. He earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy during the 2002 and 2003 season as the Southeastern Conference's best blocker. He also won the Parker Award that same season, as the nation's best offensive lineman. In his thirty-five games played, he only gave up a total of two sacks. Andrews decided to forgo his senior season at UA and enter the 2004 NFL Draft because he did not want to see his mother struggle with financial problems anymore.

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College Awards and Honors

Professional career

Pre-draft

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6′4⅛″ 366 lb 5.49 1.92 3.18 4.93 8.26 28 in. 8′2″ 27 rep
All values from NFL Combine

Philadelphia Eagles

Andrews was chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles as the 16th overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft, after trading up with the San Francisco 49ers. The day after selecting Andrews, the Eagles traded John Welbourn to the Kansas City Chiefs, officially making Andrews the team's starting right guard. He responded with a strong preseason although his season was short-lived. Andrews broke his leg in the opening game of the season against the New York Giants and missed the remainder of the Eagles' Super Bowl season.

Andrews returned to the starting lineup for the 2005 season, and started all 16 games for an injury-plagued Eagles team that finished with a 6-10 record. Andrews played well enough to be named an alternate for the NFC Pro Bowl team. Shawn came into the 2006 season as one of the Eagles' top offensive linemen and it showed as the Eagles awarded him a seven-year contract extension that would have kept him with the team through 2015.[1]

At the end of the 2006 season, Andrews was selected as a starter to the Pro Bowl. During a divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, Andrews went down late in the second quarter with a neck injury and was rushed to a nearby hospital. The injury was later revealed to be a contusion and would not impact his status for 2007 season.

Andrews was selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl in 2007.

Andrews mysteriously departed the Eagles at the end of June 2008. Later he failed to report to training camp at Lehigh University, without notice and without being excused. He cited unexplained "personal issues" in various text messages with reporters. In a newspaper article released on August 4, 2008, Andrews claimed he was suffering from depression and was seeking professional help.[2] He eventually missed 17 days of camp, and returned on August 10.[3] Andrews started in the first two games of the season, but he left in the second game with a back injury. The Eagles did not put him on injured reserve, but the injury caused him to miss the rest of the 2008 season.[4]

Andrews had surgery in the 2009 offseason, but he re-injured his back at the start of training camp, which caused him to miss the entire preseason and the first week of the 2009 season before he was placed on the injured reserve list on September 15, 2009.

On March 17, 2010, Andrews was released by the Eagles.[5]

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