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Sam Shade
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Sam Shade was named assistant special teams coach on Feb. 7, 2018. He has coached on the college and high school level for 13 years following an eight-year NFL playing career as a defensive back.

Shade spent 2017 coaching the cornerbacks at Georgia State following an eight year (2009-16) stint at Samford. He began his Samford tenure as the secondary coach and was promoted to special teams and defensive pass game coordinator in 2014. During his time at Samford, the secondary produced three NFL draft picks in James Bradberry (second round), Jaquiski Tartt (second round) and Corey White (fifth round).

A fourth-round pick by the Bengals in 1995, Shade appeared in 117 games for Cincinnati (1995-98) and Washington (1999-02). He led the Bengals in tackles in 1997 and the Redskins in tackles in 1999.

Shade played collegiately at Alabama, where he was a member of the 1992 national championship team and was named a team captain as a senior in 1994.

Following his retirement from the NFL, Shade began his coaching career as a volunteer coach for five seasons at Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Ala.

A native of Birmingham, Shade earned his degree from Alabama in business administration and finance.

He and his wife, Jacquetta, have two sons, Justin and Jacoby, and two daughters, Jaila and Jamyia. 

Sam Shade’s NFL Playing Background:

1995-98           Cincinnati Bengals, defensive back
1999-02           Washington Redskins, defensive back

Sam Shade’s Coaching Background:

2004-08           Briarwood Christian School (Ala.), defensive backs coach
2009-13           Samford University, defensive backs coach
2014-16           Samford University, defensive pass game coordinator/special teams coach
2017                Georgia State University, cornerbacks coach
2018                Cleveland Browns, assistant special teams coach

Sam Shade was named assistant special teams coach on Feb. 7, 2018. He has coached on the college and high school level for 13 years following an eight-year NFL playing career as a defensive back.

Shade spent 2017 coaching the cornerbacks at Georgia State following an eight year (2009-16) stint at Samford. He began his Samford tenure as the secondary coach and was promoted to special teams and defensive pass game coordinator in 2014. During his time at Samford, the secondary produced three NFL draft picks in James Bradberry (second round), Jaquiski Tartt (second round) and Corey White (fifth round).

A fourth-round pick by the Bengals in 1995, Shade appeared in 117 games for Cincinnati (1995-98) and Washington (1999-02). He led the Bengals in tackles in 1997 and the Redskins in tackles in 1999.

Shade played collegiately at Alabama, where he was a member of the 1992 national championship team and was named a team captain as a senior in 1994.

Following his retirement from the NFL, Shade began his coaching career as a volunteer coach for five seasons at Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Ala.

A native of Birmingham, Shade earned his degree from Alabama in business administration and finance.

He and his wife, Jacquetta, have two sons, Justin and Jacoby, and two daughters, Jaila and Jamyia. 

Sam Shade’s NFL Playing Background:

1995-98           Cincinnati Bengals, defensive back
1999-02           Washington Redskins, defensive back

Sam Shade’s Coaching Background:

2004-08           Briarwood Christian School (Ala.), defensive backs coach
2009-13           Samford University, defensive backs coach
2014-16           Samford University, defensive pass game coordinator/special teams coach
2017                Georgia State University, cornerbacks coach
2018                Cleveland Browns, assistant special teams coach

 

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