Cleveland Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson announced today that the team has named Sam Shade as assistant special teams coach.
Shade 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.
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.