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.
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|Born:||November 23, 1979|
St. Edward, Nebraska
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school:||St. Edward (NE)|
|NFL Draft:||2003 / Round: 7 / Pick: 251|
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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.
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.
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 2 1⁄8 in
|4.57 s||1.62 s||2.75 s||4.32 s||7.27 s||36 in
|10 ft 3 in
|Broad jump from Tennessee Pro Day, all others from NFL Combine.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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