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  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

Players

Sam Shields
CB #37
Height:
5-11
Weight:
184
Age:
26
College:
Miami (Fla.)
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
61
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
4
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 163 141 22 1.0 0 44 13 103 -- 60 0 1 1
2013 GB 14 14 61 51 10 0.0 -- 16 4 3 0.8 7 0 0 0
2012 GB 10 8 28 23 5 1.0 -- 10 3 32 10.7 32 0 0 1
2011 GB 15 7 45 42 3 0.0 -- 12 4 68 17 60 0 1 --
2010 GB 14 6 29 25 4 0.0 -- 6 2 0 -- 0 0 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @SF L 28-34 9 7 2 -- -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 WAS W 38-20 8 5 3 -- -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @CIN L 30-34 4 3 1 -- -- 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 --
5 DET W 22-9 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @BAL W 19-17 1 1 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 CLE W 31-13 1 1 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 @MIN W 44-31 3 2 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 CHI L 20-27 5 4 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 PHI L 13-27 7 7 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 @NYG L 13-27 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 MIN L 26-26 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
13 @DET L 10-40 8 6 2 -- -- 2 1 0 -- 0 0 0 --
14 ATL W 22-21 3 3 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 @DAL W 37-36 5 5 0 -- -- 3 1 -5 -5 -5 0 0 --
16 PIT L 31-38 3 3 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 @CHI W 33-28 2 2 0 -- -- 1 1 7 7 7 0 0 0

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Biography

  • Has established himself as one of the team’s top cover men and will compete for starting duty among a young and talented cornerback group in 2013.
  • Entered the NFL as a non-drafted free agent who earned the nickel cornerback job in 2010 as a rookie despite playing defense for just one season in college. Played primarily wide receiver and special teams his first three seasons at Miami.
  • Was one of the club’s top performers during the 2012 postseason, recording interceptions in both the Wild Card and Divisional games (including one he returned for a TD), and his career total of four INTs is now tied for the most in franchise playoff history. 
  • In 2010, matched his regular-season total with two interceptions in the NFC Championship at Chicago, becoming just the fifth player in franchise history to record two interceptions in a playoff game.
  • Also in that game, became the first NFL rookie (since 1982) to register two INTs and a sack in a postseason contest.
  • Was honored with Miami’s Most Improved Player Award as a senior and was voted the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year as a junior after bursting on the scene as a collegian with the most pass receptions by a Hurricane freshman since Reggie Wayne nine years prior.


Pro Highlights:

  • Worked his way into the starting lineup after the beginning of the regular season in 2012, taking over as the No. 2 CB in the team’s base defense following veteran Charles Woodson’s transition to safety.
  • Started Weeks 2-6 at RCB before suffering a shin/ankle injury at Houston (Oct. 14) that sidelined him for the next six games. For the season, appeared in 10 games with eight starts and registered career highs with 38 tackles (27 solo) and 16 passes defensed, also ranking second on the club with three interceptions, in addition to his first career sack.
  • Also opened both of the team’s 2012 postseason contests and posted 12 tackles (all solo), two INTs (including one he returned for a TD), and five passes defensed.
  • Has now made four INTs in seven career playoff games, a total that ties him with CB Herb Adderley, DB Joe Laws, CB Craig Newsome and S Eugene Robinson for the most all-time in franchise postseason history.  
  • Appeared in 15 games with seven starts in 2011, collecting 36 tackles (32 solo), a career-high four INTs, 14 passes defensed and a forced fumble.
  • A true speedster who made a major impact as a non-drafted rookie in 2010, earning the nickel CB job despite playing the position only one year in college. Finished his first season with 27 tackles (22 solo), two INTs and nine passes defensed.
  • With the exception of two missed games due to injury, held the nickel job throughout the regular season and playoffs in 2010, recording two interceptions in the regular season and two more in the NFC Championship at Chicago, the final one sealing the conference title in the game’s final minute and sending the Packers to the Super Bowl.
  • Also contributed as a return man and punt-team gunner, utilizing the speed that made him a productive receiver and special teamer his first three seasons at Miami.
  • Made the transition to cornerback as a senior and progressed rapidly as a rookie under the tutelage of position coach Joe Whitt Jr., who considered him a potential high draft pick based on raw talent alone.


2012 SEASON
: Played in 10 games with eight starts...Emerged from a training-camp competition that featured a host of players battling for the No. 2 CB position opposite Tramon Williams following Woodson’s move to safety…Made a push late in camp and worked his way into the starting lineup for the team’s Week 2 contest vs. Chicago…Opened the ensuing five games at RCB before suffering a shin/ankle injury at Houston in Week 6 that cost him the next six games…Returned for the Week 14 contest vs. Detroit and then started the final three games of the regular season and both playoff contests…For the season, achieved new career highs with 38 tackles (27 solo) and 16 passes defensed, while also adding three INTs and his first career sack…Also continued to contribute on special teams, where he made four tackles on the coverage units…Played especially well down the stretch following his return from the injury, particularly in the playoffs where he picked off passes in each game, including one he returned for a TD at San Francisco in the Divisional round…Posted 12 tackles (all solo), five passes defensed and the two INTs in the postseason…Vs. Chicago (Sept. 13): Reclaimed starting duties at CB on the strength of his outing in the season opener. Opened the game at RCB and played a key role in helping to limit Chicago to just 74 net passing yards…At Indianapolis (Oct. 5): Started at RCB and finished with a career-high seven tackles (five solo) and two passes defensed...At Houston (Oct. 14): Had a solid day in coverage, tallying four tackles (three solo) and his first INT of the season. The INT came on Houston’s first drive of the fourth quarter when he dove to intercept a low throw from QB Matt Schaub. Suffered an injury on Houston’s next play from scrimmage when in pursuit of a run play, he was inadvertently kicked in the lower leg by a teammate and did not return...Vs. Detroit (Dec. 2): Returned to action following a seven-week hiatus due to the ankle injury. Did not start the game, but replaced Davon House in the first quarter and went on to see action on 58 plays in an impressive return. Recorded five tackles (three solo) and two passes defensed, including his second INT of the season. Also contributed on special teams, where he made a tackle on kickoff coverage, running down WR Stefan Logan as he attempted to get to the outside following a 20-yard return in the second quarter…At Chicago (Dec. 18): Reassumed his starting role in the base defense and had one of the finest games of his young career. Was matched regularly with talented rookie WR Alshon Jeffery. Finished with three tackles (two solo) and three passes defensed, while also drawing three offensive pass interference penalties against Jeffery during the game…Vs. Minnesota (NFC Wild Card, Jan. 5): Started his third career postseason game, appearing on 62 plays and tying for the team lead with seven tackles (all solo), an INT and two passes defensed. Picked off a pass in the third quarter when he ran with WR Devin Aromashodu deep down the sideline, leaping to intercept QB Joe Webb’s errant throw…At San Francisco (NFC Divisional, Jan. 12): Turned in another excellent individual performance in spite of the team’s losing effort. Posted five tackles (all solo), three passes defensed and an INT that he returned for his first career TD. Started the game with a bang on the 49ers’ opening drive, trailing TE Vernon Davis as QB Colin Kaepernick first attempted to scramble before making an off-balance throw. Shields jumped in front of Davis to intercept it at the Green Bay 48-yard line and raced up the sideline, evading a tackle by Kaepernick and going the rest of the way untouched for the score to give Green Bay an early 7-0 lead. The INT was the fourth of his career in the postseason, tying him with Adderley, Laws, Newsome and Robinson for the most in franchise playoff history.

2011: Returned to his role as the team’s nickel CB and appeared in a career-high 15 contests with seven starts…Was inactive for the Week 7 contest at Minnesota with a concussion suffered on an INT return in the second half of the previous week’s game vs. St. Louis (Oct. 16)…Posted 36 tackles (32 solo), a career-high four interceptions, 14 passes defensed and his first career forced fumble…Chipped in six tackles on special teams…Vs. New Orleans (Sept. 8): Saw extensive action as the Packers spent most of the game in the nickel defense. Started the game as the third CB and appeared on 72 plays, finishing with six tackles (five solo) and three passes defensed, also forcing his first career fumble. Recorded the forced fumble when he stripped WR Devery Henderson following a 9-yard gain in the third quarter and the ball rolled out of bounds. Made one of the more unsung plays of the game on special teams, serving as the “safety” on the kickoff coverage team and showed his impressive speed by coming from the opposite side of the field to track down RB Darren Sproles and run him out of bounds following a 57-yard return in the third quarter, likely saving a TD...Vs. Denver (Oct. 2): Had an INT early in the fourth quarter. On the INT, was in single coverage on WR Brandon Lloyd. Circled through the end zone and used his speed to bring it out and advance it for a career-long 60-yard return to the Denver 46-yard line…Vs. St. Louis (Oct. 16): Posted six tackles (five solo) and also matched his rookie season total by recording his second INT. INT came when he picked off an underthrown ball by QB Sam Bradford in the end zone. Attempted to return the ball out of the end zone, running horizontally and was sideswiped by WR Brandon Gibson, who delivered a punishing hit that caused him to suffer a concussion and be removed from the game…At Minnesota (Oct. 23): Missed the practice week while dealing with lingering effects of the concussion, and was inactive on gameday for the first time since Week 5 of the 2010 regular season…Vs. Detroit (Jan. 1): Started as the No. 2 CB with Woodson (coaches’ decision – rest) on the inactive list for the regular-season finale. Finished with five tackles (four solo), a pass defensed and a game-clinching INT in the waning moments of the fourth quarter to seal the 45-41 win. On the play, stepped in front of a QB Matthew Stafford throw intended for WR Nate Burleson at the Packers’ 20-yard line, returning the INT 2 yards. INT was the defense’s 31st of the season, matching the highest total by the franchise since 1962. Effectively ended the game, helping the Packers secure a perfect division record for the first time since the modern format was adopted in 1967 and finish the season with an unblemished 8-0 record at home for the first time since 2002.         

2010: Played in 14 games with six starts, missing two early-season contests with a calf injury…Also played in all four postseason games with two starts…In the regular season, posted 27 tackles (22 solo) with two INTs and nine passes defensed, and returned 21 kickoffs for 452 yards (21.5 avg.) with a long of 49…Added 13 tackles (eight solo) with two INTs, a sack, a forced fumble and five passes defensed in the playoffs…At Philadelphia (Sept. 12): Started at nickel CB in his first NFL game and teamed with S Morgan Burnett to become the first Packers rookie DB tandem to open the season since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger…Vs. Miami (Oct. 17): Returned to the lineup after missing previous two games with a calf injury and had four tackles (three solo) and a pass defensed…Vs. Dallas (Nov. 7): Notched his first pro INT with a leaping, one-handed grab of QB Jon Kitna’s deep sideline throw intended for WR Miles Austin. Also took over as kickoff returner to open the second half and posted a season-long 49-yard return, starting from 6 yards deep in the end zone…At New England (Dec. 19): Had a 45-yard kickoff return among six attempts for 128 yards total (21.3 avg.)…At Philadelphia (NFC Wild Card, Jan. 9): Started as the Packers opened in nickel and recorded three tackles (all solo) and two passes defensed, one a superb play on a deep ball to WR Jeremy Maclin that he knocked away just as the ball hit the receiver’s hands…At Chicago (NFC Championship, Jan. 23): Turned in his biggest performance of the year with four tackles (all solo), a sack, a forced fumble and two INTs. Used as a surprise blitzer, sacked QB Jay Cutler for an 8-yard loss late in the first half, forcing a fumble that Bears RB Matt Forté recovered. Later, in the fourth quarter, came on a blitz from QB Caleb Hanie’s blind side, forcing a bad throw that was intercepted and returned for a TD by NT B.J. Raji. His two INTs came at nearly the same spot on the field, the first a leaping pick on Cutler’s deep ball to WR Johnny Knox just before halftime, keeping the Bears scoreless at the time. The second came with Hanie facing fourth-and-5 from the Green Bay 29, as Shields undercut Knox for the game-clinching INT with 37 seconds left. Became just the fifth player in franchise history to record two INTs in a playoff game, and became the first NFL rookie (since 1982, when sacks became official) to record two INTs and a sack in a postseason contest…Vs. Pittsburgh (Super Bowl XLV, Feb. 6): Had two tackles (one solo), but sustained a shoulder injury during the second quarter and was used sparingly the rest of the way…2010 Draft: Signed by Green Bay as a non-drafted free agent on April 30.

COLLEGE: Four-year letterman for the Hurricanes who played his first three seasons at WR before moving to CB for his senior campaign…Also showed his talents as a return man and special teams player…Caught 75 passes for 971 yards (12.9 avg.) and seven TDs as a receiver in his career…Ran track one year, as a sophomore...Earned his degree in liberal arts…Senior season (2009): Started 10 of 12 games at CB and ranked sixth on the team with 41 tackles…Registered six tackles in win vs. Georgia Tech (Sept 17)…Posted career-high seven tackles, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble at Wake Forest (Oct. 31)…Had an 84-yard kickoff return vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 29) in the Champs Sports Bowl that set up Miami’s first TD…Was awarded the Nick Chickillo Most Improved Player Award at the team’s annual awards banquet…Junior season (2008): Played in all 13 games as either a WR or a gunner on special teams…Voted UM’s Special Teams Player of the Year…Posted 11 receptions for 124 yards (11.3 avg.)…Made a season-high three catches for 32 yards (10.7 avg.) at Virginia (Nov. 1), including a crucial third-down catch for 13 yards that kept Miami’s game-tying 95-yard drive alive in the OT win…Sophomore season (2007): Started five of the 10 games he played in, posting 27 receptions for 346 yards (12.8 avg.) and three TDs…Registered career-high 117 receiving yards on six catches (19.5 avg.), including a 51-yard grab, vs. Texas A&M (Sept. 20)…Led the team with five receptions for 80 yards (16.0 avg.) and a TD at North Carolina (Oct. 6)…Hauled in a team-best six receptions for 81 yards (13.5 avg.) at Virginia Tech (Nov. 17)…Freshman season (2006): Played in all 13 games with seven starts as a true freshman in 2006…Named honorable mention Freshman All-America by Sporting News…Posted 37 receptions (third on the team) for 501 yards (second) and four TDs (tied for team lead)…His 37 catches were the most by a Miami true freshman since Reggie Wayne caught 48 passes in 1997…Made his first start in a three-WR formation at Louisville (Sept. 16) and caught three passes for 63 yards (21.0 avg.), including a 49-yarder…Recorded his first career TD when he hauled in a 37-yard TD pass from S Lovon Ponder on a trick play vs. North Carolina (Oct. 7)…Caught six passes for 88 yards (14.7 avg.) and two TDs at Duke (Oct. 21), the only multi-TD game of his career…Started in the MPC Computers Bowl vs. Nevada (Dec. 31) and had his first 100-yard game as a Hurricane, leading the team with four receptions for 101 yards (25.3 avg.)...Caught a 78-yard TD pass that proved to be the winning score in the bowl game and marked the team’s longest pass of the season…Was selected to the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team.

PERSONAL: Given name Samuel George Shields III…Born in Sarasota, Fla. …Single…Has a 5-year-old daughter, Samyla…High school: One of the nation’s top recruits at WR coming out of Booker High in Sarasota, Fla., he was rated the No. 17 WR by Rivals.com and No. 9 by ESPN.com…Caught 67 passes for 1,201 yards (17.9 avg.) and 22 TDs as a senior, leading his school to the Class 3A state championship game…Of his 67 receptions, 44 went for either TDs or first downs…Also returned two punts for TDs and averaged 44 yards per kickoff return…Was rated No. 16 on the Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100 list, and was ranked the No. 5 WR on the Florida Times-Union Super 75…Also lettered twice in baseball and track and field…Community involvement: Has participated in both the Donald Driver Celebrity Softball Game and the Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon…Also signed autographs for participants in the Bellin Health Kids Clinic…Hobbies/interests: Lists Michael Jordan as his favorite athlete and House of Payne as his favorite TV show…Residence: Miami.

  • Has established himself as one of the team’s top cover men and will compete for starting duty among a young and talented cornerback group in 2013.
  • Entered the NFL as a non-drafted free agent who earned the nickel cornerback job in 2010 as a rookie despite playing defense for just one season in college. Played primarily wide receiver and special teams his first three seasons at Miami.
  • Was one of the club’s top performers during the 2012 postseason, recording interceptions in both the Wild Card and Divisional games (including one he returned for a TD), and his career total of four INTs is now tied for the most in franchise playoff history. 
  • In 2010, matched his regular-season total with two interceptions in the NFC Championship at Chicago, becoming just the fifth player in franchise history to record two interceptions in a playoff game.
  • Also in that game, became the first NFL rookie (since 1982) to register two INTs and a sack in a postseason contest.
  • Was honored with Miami’s Most Improved Player Award as a senior and was voted the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year as a junior after bursting on the scene as a collegian with the most pass receptions by a Hurricane freshman since Reggie Wayne nine years prior.


Pro Highlights:

  • Worked his way into the starting lineup after the beginning of the regular season in 2012, taking over as the No. 2 CB in the team’s base defense following veteran Charles Woodson’s transition to safety.
  • Started Weeks 2-6 at RCB before suffering a shin/ankle injury at Houston (Oct. 14) that sidelined him for the next six games. For the season, appeared in 10 games with eight starts and registered career highs with 38 tackles (27 solo) and 16 passes defensed, also ranking second on the club with three interceptions, in addition to his first career sack.
  • Also opened both of the team’s 2012 postseason contests and posted 12 tackles (all solo), two INTs (including one he returned for a TD), and five passes defensed.
  • Has now made four INTs in seven career playoff games, a total that ties him with CB Herb Adderley, DB Joe Laws, CB Craig Newsome and S Eugene Robinson for the most all-time in franchise postseason history.  
  • Appeared in 15 games with seven starts in 2011, collecting 36 tackles (32 solo), a career-high four INTs, 14 passes defensed and a forced fumble.
  • A true speedster who made a major impact as a non-drafted rookie in 2010, earning the nickel CB job despite playing the position only one year in college. Finished his first season with 27 tackles (22 solo), two INTs and nine passes defensed.
  • With the exception of two missed games due to injury, held the nickel job throughout the regular season and playoffs in 2010, recording two interceptions in the regular season and two more in the NFC Championship at Chicago, the final one sealing the conference title in the game’s final minute and sending the Packers to the Super Bowl.
  • Also contributed as a return man and punt-team gunner, utilizing the speed that made him a productive receiver and special teamer his first three seasons at Miami.
  • Made the transition to cornerback as a senior and progressed rapidly as a rookie under the tutelage of position coach Joe Whitt Jr., who considered him a potential high draft pick based on raw talent alone.


2012 SEASON
: Played in 10 games with eight starts...Emerged from a training-camp competition that featured a host of players battling for the No. 2 CB position opposite Tramon Williams following Woodson’s move to safety…Made a push late in camp and worked his way into the starting lineup for the team’s Week 2 contest vs. Chicago…Opened the ensuing five games at RCB before suffering a shin/ankle injury at Houston in Week 6 that cost him the next six games…Returned for the Week 14 contest vs. Detroit and then started the final three games of the regular season and both playoff contests…For the season, achieved new career highs with 38 tackles (27 solo) and 16 passes defensed, while also adding three INTs and his first career sack…Also continued to contribute on special teams, where he made four tackles on the coverage units…Played especially well down the stretch following his return from the injury, particularly in the playoffs where he picked off passes in each game, including one he returned for a TD at San Francisco in the Divisional round…Posted 12 tackles (all solo), five passes defensed and the two INTs in the postseason…Vs. Chicago (Sept. 13): Reclaimed starting duties at CB on the strength of his outing in the season opener. Opened the game at RCB and played a key role in helping to limit Chicago to just 74 net passing yards…At Indianapolis (Oct. 5): Started at RCB and finished with a career-high seven tackles (five solo) and two passes defensed...At Houston (Oct. 14): Had a solid day in coverage, tallying four tackles (three solo) and his first INT of the season. The INT came on Houston’s first drive of the fourth quarter when he dove to intercept a low throw from QB Matt Schaub. Suffered an injury on Houston’s next play from scrimmage when in pursuit of a run play, he was inadvertently kicked in the lower leg by a teammate and did not return...Vs. Detroit (Dec. 2): Returned to action following a seven-week hiatus due to the ankle injury. Did not start the game, but replaced Davon House in the first quarter and went on to see action on 58 plays in an impressive return. Recorded five tackles (three solo) and two passes defensed, including his second INT of the season. Also contributed on special teams, where he made a tackle on kickoff coverage, running down WR Stefan Logan as he attempted to get to the outside following a 20-yard return in the second quarter…At Chicago (Dec. 18): Reassumed his starting role in the base defense and had one of the finest games of his young career. Was matched regularly with talented rookie WR Alshon Jeffery. Finished with three tackles (two solo) and three passes defensed, while also drawing three offensive pass interference penalties against Jeffery during the game…Vs. Minnesota (NFC Wild Card, Jan. 5): Started his third career postseason game, appearing on 62 plays and tying for the team lead with seven tackles (all solo), an INT and two passes defensed. Picked off a pass in the third quarter when he ran with WR Devin Aromashodu deep down the sideline, leaping to intercept QB Joe Webb’s errant throw…At San Francisco (NFC Divisional, Jan. 12): Turned in another excellent individual performance in spite of the team’s losing effort. Posted five tackles (all solo), three passes defensed and an INT that he returned for his first career TD. Started the game with a bang on the 49ers’ opening drive, trailing TE Vernon Davis as QB Colin Kaepernick first attempted to scramble before making an off-balance throw. Shields jumped in front of Davis to intercept it at the Green Bay 48-yard line and raced up the sideline, evading a tackle by Kaepernick and going the rest of the way untouched for the score to give Green Bay an early 7-0 lead. The INT was the fourth of his career in the postseason, tying him with Adderley, Laws, Newsome and Robinson for the most in franchise playoff history.

2011: Returned to his role as the team’s nickel CB and appeared in a career-high 15 contests with seven starts…Was inactive for the Week 7 contest at Minnesota with a concussion suffered on an INT return in the second half of the previous week’s game vs. St. Louis (Oct. 16)…Posted 36 tackles (32 solo), a career-high four interceptions, 14 passes defensed and his first career forced fumble…Chipped in six tackles on special teams…Vs. New Orleans (Sept. 8): Saw extensive action as the Packers spent most of the game in the nickel defense. Started the game as the third CB and appeared on 72 plays, finishing with six tackles (five solo) and three passes defensed, also forcing his first career fumble. Recorded the forced fumble when he stripped WR Devery Henderson following a 9-yard gain in the third quarter and the ball rolled out of bounds. Made one of the more unsung plays of the game on special teams, serving as the “safety” on the kickoff coverage team and showed his impressive speed by coming from the opposite side of the field to track down RB Darren Sproles and run him out of bounds following a 57-yard return in the third quarter, likely saving a TD...Vs. Denver (Oct. 2): Had an INT early in the fourth quarter. On the INT, was in single coverage on WR Brandon Lloyd. Circled through the end zone and used his speed to bring it out and advance it for a career-long 60-yard return to the Denver 46-yard line…Vs. St. Louis (Oct. 16): Posted six tackles (five solo) and also matched his rookie season total by recording his second INT. INT came when he picked off an underthrown ball by QB Sam Bradford in the end zone. Attempted to return the ball out of the end zone, running horizontally and was sideswiped by WR Brandon Gibson, who delivered a punishing hit that caused him to suffer a concussion and be removed from the game…At Minnesota (Oct. 23): Missed the practice week while dealing with lingering effects of the concussion, and was inactive on gameday for the first time since Week 5 of the 2010 regular season…Vs. Detroit (Jan. 1): Started as the No. 2 CB with Woodson (coaches’ decision – rest) on the inactive list for the regular-season finale. Finished with five tackles (four solo), a pass defensed and a game-clinching INT in the waning moments of the fourth quarter to seal the 45-41 win. On the play, stepped in front of a QB Matthew Stafford throw intended for WR Nate Burleson at the Packers’ 20-yard line, returning the INT 2 yards. INT was the defense’s 31st of the season, matching the highest total by the franchise since 1962. Effectively ended the game, helping the Packers secure a perfect division record for the first time since the modern format was adopted in 1967 and finish the season with an unblemished 8-0 record at home for the first time since 2002.         

2010: Played in 14 games with six starts, missing two early-season contests with a calf injury…Also played in all four postseason games with two starts…In the regular season, posted 27 tackles (22 solo) with two INTs and nine passes defensed, and returned 21 kickoffs for 452 yards (21.5 avg.) with a long of 49…Added 13 tackles (eight solo) with two INTs, a sack, a forced fumble and five passes defensed in the playoffs…At Philadelphia (Sept. 12): Started at nickel CB in his first NFL game and teamed with S Morgan Burnett to become the first Packers rookie DB tandem to open the season since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger…Vs. Miami (Oct. 17): Returned to the lineup after missing previous two games with a calf injury and had four tackles (three solo) and a pass defensed…Vs. Dallas (Nov. 7): Notched his first pro INT with a leaping, one-handed grab of QB Jon Kitna’s deep sideline throw intended for WR Miles Austin. Also took over as kickoff returner to open the second half and posted a season-long 49-yard return, starting from 6 yards deep in the end zone…At New England (Dec. 19): Had a 45-yard kickoff return among six attempts for 128 yards total (21.3 avg.)…At Philadelphia (NFC Wild Card, Jan. 9): Started as the Packers opened in nickel and recorded three tackles (all solo) and two passes defensed, one a superb play on a deep ball to WR Jeremy Maclin that he knocked away just as the ball hit the receiver’s hands…At Chicago (NFC Championship, Jan. 23): Turned in his biggest performance of the year with four tackles (all solo), a sack, a forced fumble and two INTs. Used as a surprise blitzer, sacked QB Jay Cutler for an 8-yard loss late in the first half, forcing a fumble that Bears RB Matt Forté recovered. Later, in the fourth quarter, came on a blitz from QB Caleb Hanie’s blind side, forcing a bad throw that was intercepted and returned for a TD by NT B.J. Raji. His two INTs came at nearly the same spot on the field, the first a leaping pick on Cutler’s deep ball to WR Johnny Knox just before halftime, keeping the Bears scoreless at the time. The second came with Hanie facing fourth-and-5 from the Green Bay 29, as Shields undercut Knox for the game-clinching INT with 37 seconds left. Became just the fifth player in franchise history to record two INTs in a playoff game, and became the first NFL rookie (since 1982, when sacks became official) to record two INTs and a sack in a postseason contest…Vs. Pittsburgh (Super Bowl XLV, Feb. 6): Had two tackles (one solo), but sustained a shoulder injury during the second quarter and was used sparingly the rest of the way…2010 Draft: Signed by Green Bay as a non-drafted free agent on April 30.

COLLEGE: Four-year letterman for the Hurricanes who played his first three seasons at WR before moving to CB for his senior campaign…Also showed his talents as a return man and special teams player…Caught 75 passes for 971 yards (12.9 avg.) and seven TDs as a receiver in his career…Ran track one year, as a sophomore...Earned his degree in liberal arts…Senior season (2009): Started 10 of 12 games at CB and ranked sixth on the team with 41 tackles…Registered six tackles in win vs. Georgia Tech (Sept 17)…Posted career-high seven tackles, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble at Wake Forest (Oct. 31)…Had an 84-yard kickoff return vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 29) in the Champs Sports Bowl that set up Miami’s first TD…Was awarded the Nick Chickillo Most Improved Player Award at the team’s annual awards banquet…Junior season (2008): Played in all 13 games as either a WR or a gunner on special teams…Voted UM’s Special Teams Player of the Year…Posted 11 receptions for 124 yards (11.3 avg.)…Made a season-high three catches for 32 yards (10.7 avg.) at Virginia (Nov. 1), including a crucial third-down catch for 13 yards that kept Miami’s game-tying 95-yard drive alive in the OT win…Sophomore season (2007): Started five of the 10 games he played in, posting 27 receptions for 346 yards (12.8 avg.) and three TDs…Registered career-high 117 receiving yards on six catches (19.5 avg.), including a 51-yard grab, vs. Texas A&M (Sept. 20)…Led the team with five receptions for 80 yards (16.0 avg.) and a TD at North Carolina (Oct. 6)…Hauled in a team-best six receptions for 81 yards (13.5 avg.) at Virginia Tech (Nov. 17)…Freshman season (2006): Played in all 13 games with seven starts as a true freshman in 2006…Named honorable mention Freshman All-America by Sporting News…Posted 37 receptions (third on the team) for 501 yards (second) and four TDs (tied for team lead)…His 37 catches were the most by a Miami true freshman since Reggie Wayne caught 48 passes in 1997…Made his first start in a three-WR formation at Louisville (Sept. 16) and caught three passes for 63 yards (21.0 avg.), including a 49-yarder…Recorded his first career TD when he hauled in a 37-yard TD pass from S Lovon Ponder on a trick play vs. North Carolina (Oct. 7)…Caught six passes for 88 yards (14.7 avg.) and two TDs at Duke (Oct. 21), the only multi-TD game of his career…Started in the MPC Computers Bowl vs. Nevada (Dec. 31) and had his first 100-yard game as a Hurricane, leading the team with four receptions for 101 yards (25.3 avg.)...Caught a 78-yard TD pass that proved to be the winning score in the bowl game and marked the team’s longest pass of the season…Was selected to the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team.

PERSONAL: Given name Samuel George Shields III…Born in Sarasota, Fla. …Single…Has a 5-year-old daughter, Samyla…High school: One of the nation’s top recruits at WR coming out of Booker High in Sarasota, Fla., he was rated the No. 17 WR by Rivals.com and No. 9 by ESPN.com…Caught 67 passes for 1,201 yards (17.9 avg.) and 22 TDs as a senior, leading his school to the Class 3A state championship game…Of his 67 receptions, 44 went for either TDs or first downs…Also returned two punts for TDs and averaged 44 yards per kickoff return…Was rated No. 16 on the Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100 list, and was ranked the No. 5 WR on the Florida Times-Union Super 75…Also lettered twice in baseball and track and field…Community involvement: Has participated in both the Donald Driver Celebrity Softball Game and the Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon…Also signed autographs for participants in the Bellin Health Kids Clinic…Hobbies/interests: Lists Michael Jordan as his favorite athlete and House of Payne as his favorite TV show…Residence: Miami.

 

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