Rick Shaw
No. 27, 17
Position:Defensive back / Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1946-10-20) October 20, 1946 (age 74)
San Diego, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Herbert Hoover (CA)
College:Arizona State
NFL Draft:1969 / Round: 6 / Pick: 152
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • CFL West All-Star (1970)
  • Grey Cup champion (1972)
  • All Conference Defense Back Second Team Arizona State
  • Co-Player of the year Highschool San Diego

Rick Shaw (born October 20, 1946) is a former American football defensive back and wide receiver in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He played college football at Arizona State University.

Early years

Shaw attended Herbert Hoover High School, where he was a starter at quarterback. He accepted a football scholarship from Colorado University. He transferred after his freshman season to Arizona State University.

As a junior, he was a backup at quarterback behind John Goodman, registering 45 attempts for 15 completions, 242 passing yards and one touchdown. As a senior, he was a backup at quarterback behind Ed Roseborough, completing 17-of-31 passes for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns.[1]

During his time at Arizona State, he also played as a flanker and defensive back. He elected to forgo his senior season to play for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League.

Professional career

In 1968, he signed as a free agent with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, where he was a starter at defensive back. As a rookie, he played wide receiver in one game, finishing with 2 touchdown receptions and one fumble returned for a touchdown. He had 6 interceptions in 2 seasons.

Shaw was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round (152nd overall) of the 1969 NFL Draft, with the intention of playing him at tight end.[2] On October 31, 1969, he was released by the Stampeders so he could join the NFL in June 1970.[3]

The Cowboys waived him on August 11, 1970.[4] In August, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a defensive back. He was cut on September 2.[5]

In September 1970, he signed as a free agent with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after a five-day tryout.[6] He became a starter at wide receiver, recording 33 receptions for 538 yards and 2 touchdowns, while receiving CFL West All-Star honors. He was released on September 24, 1971.[7]

On May 24, 1972, he signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[8] He had 3 interceptions as a starter at defensive back, while helping the team win the 60th Grey Cup. He announced his retirement on June 19, 1973.[9]


  1. ^ "Rick Shaw College Stats". Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "1969 NFL Draft". Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Luzzi Returns, Rick Shaw Dropped". Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  4. ^ "Cowboys Dropped Five Gridders". Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "Cowboys Dropped Five Gridders". Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Sports Menu". Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "Cats QB list grows". Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved June 29, 2019.