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Shelton Quarles
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Position(s)
Linebacker
Jersey #(s)
53
Born September 11, 1971 (1971-09-11) (age 38)
Nashville, Tennessee
Career information
Year(s) 19972006
College Vanderbilt
Professional teams
Career stats
Tackles 737
Sacks 13
Interceptions 4
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Shelton Eugene Quarles (born September 11, 1971 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a former linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team he played for in his ten-year career from 1997 to 2006. He now serves as a scout for the Buccaneers.

High school years

Quarles is an alumnus of Whites Creek High School in Nashville, Tennessee and was a student and a letterman in football. In football, he won a first-team All-State honors as a senior, and finished his career with 30 sacks, 505 tackles, and five interceptions. He was also a member of National Honor Society. Shelton Quarles graduated from Whites Creek High School in 1990.

College and pro career

Quarles played college football in Vanderbilt earning second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a senior and signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins in 1994 but was cut in training camp. Quarles then played for two seasons (1995-96) with the Canadian Football League's BC Lions before signing with the Buccaneers as a free agent in 1997.

Quarles helped lead the Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl championship in the 2002 season. Quarles also holds the record for the longest play in Buccaneers' history with a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in 2001. On April 24, 2007 it was announced that the Bucs were going to release him before the 2007 NFL Draft after he failed a physical.[1]

Quarles has also launched the IMPACT Foundation whose mission is to benefit at-risk children, youth, and their families by providing assistance, programs, and events designed to build self-esteem, provide unique life changing opportunities, and beneficiaries to set and achieve life goals.

Post-Playing Career

On August 1, 2007, the Buccaneers hired Quarles as a pro scout in their personnel department.

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