Following a brief NFL career with the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns, South Carolina Gamecock legend Connor Shaw is moving to the sidelines in his new role at Furman University.
The school announced Tuesday that the former standout quarterback has accepted a position as the team’s tight ends coach.
“We could not be more pleased to welcome Connor and his family to the Furman family,” Paladins’ head coach Clay Hendrix said in a statement. “He embodies all the qualities we look for in our coaches and players. It is exciting to have a man with his experience joining our team.”
Fans pondered what Shaw’s next move would be after he was released by the Bears in September.
Prior to that, he had one NFL start on his resume. In 2014, the Clayton, Ga., native threw for 177 yards and an interception for the Browns.
Shaw’s best days behind center came at South Carolina. The winningest quarterback in Gamecock history, he posted a 27-5 record, including a 17-0 record at home.
In black and garnet, Shaw completed 65.5 percent of his passes — also a school record — and threw for 6,074 yards and 56 touchdowns. In addition, his 1,683 rushing yards are the most ever by a USC quarterback.
In his senior year, Shaw led the team to a 33-28 victory over Michigan in the 2013 Outback Bowl. In that game, he threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns.
A year earlier, he found similar success in the Capital One Bowl. In a 30-13 win over Nebraska, Shaw threw for 230 yards and two scores.
On the NFL level, Shaw couldn’t escape the injury bug. As a Bear, he suffered a broken leg in 2016 in a preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Prior to that, he missed the entire 2015-16 season with the Browns after suffering a torn hand ligament against the Washington Redskins in another preseason game.
Now with Furman, Shaw says he’s excited about the new opportunity.
“It’s an honor to join a staff of not only talented coaches but men of quality character,” he said. “My family and I are excited for this new chapter and are thankful to be part of something special at Furman University.”