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Matthew K. "Matt" Shaughnessy (born September 23, 1986) is a retired American football defensive end of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin.

Matt Shaughnessy
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Shaughnessy in the 2013 preseason.
Free agent
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1986-09-23) September 23, 1986 (age 32)
Norwich, Connecticut
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school:Norwich (CT) Free
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 71
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:176
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:4
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

Shaughnessy attended the Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut and graduated in 2005. He earned Super Prep All-American honors and was rated one of the top 30 defensive ends in the nation, according to He was named to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association and New Haven Register All-State teams in 2004. Also, he earned All-Conference and All-Area accolades in each of his three final seasons, adding three more letters in basketball and two in track. He also played in the Connecticut vs Rhode Island All-Star Football Game as a Defensive End, earning the CT Defensive Player of the Game.

College careerEdit

Shaughnessy played in 50 games and started 46 games at Wisconsin, recording 174 tackles (109 solos) with 18.5 sacks, 41.5 stops for losses and 22 quarterback pressures. He also caused and recovered one fumble while also deflecting nine passes. As a senior in 2008 he was honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference after recorded 40 tackles (29 solo) with four sacks and eight stops for losses and 10 quarterback pressures and deflected four passes. In 2007, he was a Second-team All-Big Ten Conference and the team's Defensive Most Valuable Player. he started all 13 games at right defensive end and made 18.0 stops for losses and a career-high 60 tackles (41 solos) with five sacks, three pass deflections and four pressures. The year before, in 2005, he was First-team Freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News and and an honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference after appearing in 11 games, starting seven, at right defensive end and finishing with 39 tackles (20 solos), 2.5 sacks, five pressures, 7.5 stops for losses and a pair of pass deflections.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-5 * 260 * 4.88 * 1.69 * 2.81 * 4.88 * 7.68 * 30½" * 9'04" * 24* 23 *
* represents NFL Combine **represents Wisconsin Pro Day

Oakland RaidersEdit

He was drafted by the Raiders in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He signed a 4-year contract on July 20, 2009.[1]

As a rookie in 2009, Shaughnessy played in all 16 regular season games for the Raiders, starting two. He recorded 4 sacks and 29 tackles (26 of them solo).[2] In 2010, he played in all 16 games, starting in eight. He recorded 56 tackles (43 of them solo, 13 assisted), 7 sacks, and forced 2 fumbles.[3] His 2011 season was cut short after a Week 3 injury against the Jets. He would be placed on injured reserve weeks after thus ending his season.

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On March 15, 2013, Shaughnessy signed with the Arizona Cardinals.[4] On September 5, 2015, he was released by the Cardinals.[5]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On August 3, 2016, Shaughnessy signed with the New Orleans Saints.[6]


  1. ^ ProFootballTalk: Raiders ink Shaughnessy
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  4. ^ Another Addition With Matt Shaughnessy
  5. ^ Urban, Darren (September 5, 2015). "Cardinals Make Final Roster Cuts". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  6. ^ Triplett, Mike (August 3, 2016). "Saints activate CB Keenan Lewis, sign OLB Matt Shaughnessy". Retrieved August 4, 2016.

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