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George Howard Shaw (July 25, 1933 – January 3, 1998) was an American football quarterback who played seven seasons in the National Football League.

Early life

A native Oregonian, Shaw quarterbacked Grant High Schoolmarker in Portland, Oregonmarker, to two state football championships before enrolling at the University of Oregonmarker, where he was a first-team All-American in both football and baseball.

Professional career

He was selected by the Baltimore Colts as the first player in the 1955 NFL Draft. Shaw quickly became the starter, but in the early part of the 1956 season, he suffered a broken leg and was replaced by rookie backup Johnny Unitas. As Unitas embarked on his legendary career, Shaw lasted two more years in Baltimore as the backup before being traded to the New York Giants, where he played two seasons. Shaw played one season with the Minnesota Vikings and one with the Denver Broncos of the American Football League before retiring from football in 1962.


Shaw died at his home in Portlandmarker after a long illness at the age of 64.

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