As he’s done many times before, former University of South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw battled terrible weather for the good of the game.
This time, however, he wasn’t throwing passes on the gridiron; he was teeing off on the golf course.
The temperature dropped to the low 60s Monday morning at the Daniel Island Club, with heavy rain and winds blowing close to 30 mph.
But Shaw, fellow former Gamecock Sterling Sharpe, Hootie & Blowfish’s Dean Felber, and about 30 more celebrities braved the onslaught to compete in the annual NEEDTOBREATHE golf tournament, which benefits OneWorld Health.
Shaw and the others only got a few holes in before the weather became too much. The legendary Gamecock was glad to be in town, taking a break as he still settles in to his new role in Greenville.
In January, Shaw accepted a position at Furman University as a tight ends coach.
“It’s more of a transition than I thought, coming from a player to a coach,” Shaw said. “There’s a lot of moving pieces, but the guys have been great about showing me the ropes.”
Shaw shrugged off his 27-5 record — best-ever for a South Carolina quarterback — proclaiming that he played with a bunch of guys who made him “look way better than he actually was.”
But numbers don’t lie. Shaw threw for 6,074 yards and 56 touchdowns in his four years at South Carolina, spanning from 2010 to 2013. In addition, his 1,683 rushing yards are the most ever by a USC quarterback.
And fans still remember his 230 yards and two touchdowns that helped beat Nebraska in the 2012 Capital One Bowl; and his 224 yards and two scores to edge out Michigan in the 2013 Outback Bowl.
From there, injuries belabored Shaw, cutting his NFL career short. He appeared in just one game, a start for the Cleveland Browns in 2014.
“Obviously, it wasn’t the career I thought I was going to have. But I learned a lot of things I can carry on to this new position,” he said.
The former passer said he’s looking forward to competing in the Southern Conference. Last season, Furman led the conference in offense, tallying 32.6 points per game.
Shaw hopes to build on that in the 2018 campaign. He won’t be playing his alma mater this year, but the Paladins do have a pretty important Sept. 1 date.
“We open up against Clemson, so that’ll be fun,” Shaw said.