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 George Howard Shaw

George Howard Shaw

Birth
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Death 3 Jan 1998 (aged 64)
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Burial Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 23539919 · View Source
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Professional Football Player. He was a four-sport star and student body president at Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, graduating in 1951. At the University of Oregon, he received All-American honors in both football and baseball. He was one of the most versatile football players in Oregon history. Although his primary position was quarterback, he also played at defensive back, halfback, flanker, and he kicked off, kicked field goals, punted and returned punts. Sports Illustrated dubbed him "Six-Way Shaw." He still holds the Oregon single-season record for interceptions with 13, a mark he achieved as a freshman defensive back in 1951. As a senior, he was honored with the Pop Warner Award as the top college player on the West Coast. After his graduation from Oregon in 1955, the Baltimore Colts made him the No. 1 selection in the NFL draft. Although Shaw long had leaned toward baseball, he turned down a $10,000 bonus from the New York Yankees to sign with the Baltimore Colts for $17,500. He started as a rookie for the Colts in 1955. He had the misfortune of injuring his knee against the Bears early in the 1956 season. His backup, rookie Johnny Unitas, substituted for him and never stepped out. The injury took away some of his speed and catlike mobility - his most imposing assets - and what might have been a superb career never fully materialized. Prior to tearing up his knee, the Detroit Lions had offered ten players in trade to try to get Shaw. After Unitas asserted himself as the Colts' number one quarterback, the team traded him to the New York Giants in 1959. After two years with the Giants, he moved to the Minnesota Vikings in 1961, backing up Fran Tarkenton. He then jumped to the Denver Broncos of the fledgling American Football League for his final season in 1962. He appeared in 71 games in his 8-year pro career, completing 405 of 802 passes for 41 touchdowns and 5,829 yards. He was intercepted 63 times. After his career ended, Shaw moved his family to Portland, and he began working for a Portland stock brokerage firm. He was inducted into the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. He died from bone marrow cancer a year before he hoped to retire.

Bio by: Mel Bashore


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Mel Bashore
  • Added: 24 Dec 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23539919
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Howard Shaw (25 Jul 1933–3 Jan 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23539919, citing Mount Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .