Blast from the Past: Shaun King
Hey! Hey! Tampa Bay! Welcome Bucs fans to another blast from the past spotlight. I’m spotlighting another one of my favorite Buccaneers, Mr. Shaun King. King was born on May 29th, 1977 in St. Petersburg, FL. He attended Gibbs High School, where he graduated in 1995. He went on to play college football at Tulane University, where he led the Green Wave to an undefeated season winning the Liberty Bowl over BYU in 1998. He became the first player in NCAA history to have thrown for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in a single game, doing so against the Army Black Knight on November 14, 1998.
King decided to forego his senior season, declaring for the 1999 NFL Draft. He was selected by his hometown team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round. During the midway point of the season, King was pushed into the starting QB job after fellow starter Trent Dilfer went down with a season-ending injury. King instantly impacted the Bucs with him leading the charge and winning the NFC Central division title. The Bucs led by King, made it all the way to the NFC Championship game where they fell to the St. Louis Rams in a controversial loss.
Shaun King had one of his best professional seasons during the 2000 campaign where he passed for over 2,500 yards, throwing for 18 TDs, and rushing for five TDs. He wound up being replaced in the 2001 season by QB Brad Johnson. King dropped to being Johnson’s backup for the next three seasons. During the Bucs Super Bowl run in the 2002 season, he dropped to the quarterback #3 on the depth chart.
After playing for a few more seasons, Arizona, Detroit, and Indianapolis, he went on to play a few seasons in the Arena League and one season in the CFL. He retired and joined ESPN as an analyst for NFL and NCAA football. During his time there he started to do some coaching with his local high school. (Gibbs 2006 and 2008) After that, he took time to work with his foundation, the Shaun King Foundation, which partnered with the Boys & Girls Club to help kids in the community. In early 2016, he was offered a spot as a quarterback coach for the USF Bulls. He joined head coach Willie Taggart’s staff and once Coach Taggart left for the University of Oregon, King stayed on with new Bulls coach Charlie Strong. Shaun King is currently the running back coach for the program.
Mr. King will always be a Tampa Tampa Bay Buccaneers As the saying goes, “Once a Buc, Always a Buc”. Thank You, Coach King.