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Scott Allen Shanle (born November 23, 1979) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for the St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. He played college football at the University of Nebraska.

Scott Shanle
No. 54, 58
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1979-11-23) November 23, 1979 (age 39)
St. Edward, Nebraska
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Edward (NE)
NFL Draft:2003 / Round: 7 / Pick: 251
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:133
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR


Early yearsEdit

Shanle attended St. Edward High School, where he played eight-man football as a running back and defensive back. After having a 3-6 record in his freshman season, his team went 29-3 over final three seasons. As a senior, he earned All-State and Player of the Year honors.

In track he ran the 100, 200 and 4x100 meter relay. He set school records in both the 100M and 200M with times of 10.67 and 22.3 seconds. He also earned varsity letters in basketball.

College careerEdit

Shanle walked-on at the University of Nebraska and earned a football scholarship after he redshirted in the fall of 1998. As a redshirt freshman in 1999, he appeared in every game, mainly as the up-front blocker on the punt return team.

As a sophomore in 2000, he played in all twelve games with ten starts at strongside linebacker, making 55 tackles (fifth on the team), 4 tackles for loss, one sack, 4 quarterback pressures, 2 passes defensed, one interception and one forced fumble.

As a junior in 2001, he made 56 tackles (fifth on the team), 8 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, one fumble recovery and 8 passes defensed that tied the school's linebacker record. As a senior in 2002, he posted 71 tackles (fourth on the team), 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 6 quarterback pressures, one pass defensed and one forced fumble.

Professional careerEdit


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2 18 in
(1.88 m)
245 lb
(111 kg)
4.57 s 1.62 s 2.75 s 4.32 s 7.27 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
20 reps 25
Broad jump from Tennessee Pro Day, all others from NFL Combine.[1]

St. Louis RamsEdit

Shanle was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round (251st overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. He made his NFL debut against the New York Giants on September 7. As a rookie, he played on special teams and had 4 tackles, after battling a hamstring injury for most of the season. He was waived on December 10, to make room for guard Scott Tercero who was promoted from the practice squad.[2]

In 2015, he was named one of the best 50 draft picks in the St. Louis Rams history (not counting Los Angeles) by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper.[3]

Dallas CowboysEdit

On December 11, 2003, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys.[4] He was declared inactive for the last 3 games and the playoffs.

In 2004, he ranked fourth on the Cowboys roster with 15 special teams tackles. He became the starter at strongside linebacker in the team's new 3–4 defense for the final three games, in place of an injured Al Singleton, registering 26 tackles which led the team over that span.

In 2005, he served as the Cowboys' nickel middle linebacker. After injuries forced Dat Nguyen into retirement, Shanle moved into the starting lineup at weakside linebacker. He battled injury setbacks (ankle) in the season's final games, tying for seventh on the team with 50 tackles and tied for eleventh with 8 special teams tackles.

On April 28, 2006, he was re-signed to a one-year contract. On August 23, he was traded to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a seventh round pick (#237-Alan Ball).[5]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

In 2006, he was acquired to improve the linebacker corps, reuniting with head coach Sean Payton, who was the offensive coordinator with the Cowboys. He became a starter at weakside linebacker, leading the team with 77 solo tackles, he was second with 117 total tackles, while registering four sacks, a forced fumble and one pass defensed and helped lead the Saints to the NFC Championship Game vs Chicago.

On February 9, 2007, he signed a four-year extension contract.[6] He started 14 games, recording 96 tackles (56 solo), a pass defensed, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and one tackle for a loss.

In 2008, he was named the Saints Defensive MVP, after finishing with 145 tackles (79 solo). In 2009, he was a starting outside linebacker on the Saints' Super Bowl championship team, making 106 tackles (74 solo), 2 interceptions, and was the leading tackler during their playoff run that included playoff wins over Kurt Warner, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, FL.

On July 29, 2011, he signed a two-year contract with the Saints. He retired after the 2012 season and ended his 7 year Saints career with 673 total tackles.

Since Sean Payton took over in 2006 no linebacker has more tackles than Scott Shanle's 521 Tackles and overall he is 2nd defensively in total tackles in the Sean Payton Era (just behind Roman Harper's 554 Total Tackles). He finished his 7 year Saints career playing in a total of 105 games and starting in 102 of those games.


  1. ^ "Scott Shanle profile". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Rams sign linebacker from Tampa Bay". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "50 Best STL Rams Draft Picks". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "New Linebacker". The Victoria Advocate. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Wednesday's Sports Transactions". Gettysburg Times. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Saints sign LB Shanle to four-year extension". ESPN. Retrieved February 19, 2018.

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