Shaq Mason
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Mason with the Patriots in 2017.
No. 69 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position:Guard
Personal information
Born: (1993-08-28) August 28, 1993 (age 28)
Columbia, Tennessee
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Columbia Central
(Columbia, Tennessee)
College:Georgia Tech
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 131
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Games played:103
Games started:98
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Shaquille Olajuwon Mason (born August 28, 1993) is an American football offensive guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). Mason played at Georgia Tech from 2011 to 2014[1] and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

College career

Mason with Georgia Tech in 2014
Mason with Georgia Tech in 2014

Mason played 11 games as a true freshman in 2011. From 2012 to 2014, he started in 39 of the Yellow Jackets' 41 games, including every game as a junior and senior. Mason was first-team All- ACC in 2013 and 2014 as well as first-team All American in 2014.[2]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+34 in
(1.87 m)
304 lb
(138 kg)
32+18 in
(0.82 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.99 s 1.75 s 2.82 s 4.65 s 7.53 s 32.0 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 2 in
(2.79 m)
25 reps
All values from Pro Day[3]

New England Patriots

On May 2, 2015, Mason was selected in the fourth round (131st overall) by the New England Patriots.[4] Mason appeared in 14 games with 10 starts for the Patriots as a rookie.[5]

Mason broke his hand during the 2016 preseason and did not start in the season opener against the Cardinals but split time at right guard with rookie Ted Karras.[6] Since then, he started every game at right guard for the Patriots.

On February 5, 2017, Mason was part of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI. In the game, the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34–28 in overtime.[7]

In 2017, Mason started all 16 games at right guard for the Patriots. He started in Super Bowl LII, but gave up the strip sack that ultimately proved to be the biggest play of the game. The Patriots lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles.

On August 27, 2018, Mason signed a five-year, $50 million contract extension with the Patriots.[8] He started 14 games at right guard in 2018, missing two with a calf injury. He was given a grade of 82.1 by Pro Football Focus in the regular season, the highest grade of any guard in the league.[9] Mason played every offensive snap in Super Bowl LIII and the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3.[10]

Mason was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Patriots on October 17, 2020,[11] and activated on October 21.[12]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On March 15, 2022, Mason was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.[13] The trade reunited him with star quarterback Tom Brady.

References

  1. ^ "Shaquille Mason bio". ramblinwreck.com.
  2. ^ "Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - Georgia Tech Athletics". Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "Shaquille Mason, Georgia Tech, C, 2015 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  4. ^ "Patriots draft Mason". nesn.com.
  5. ^ "Shaq Mason | New England Patriots". www.patriots.com. Archived from the original on May 6, 2015.
  6. ^ Cox, Zach (August 21, 2016). "Patriots Guard Shaq Mason Reportedly Has Broken Hand; Timetable Unknown". NESN.com. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Teope, Herbie (August 27, 2018). "Shaq Mason agrees to 5-year, $50M Patriots extension". NFL.com.
  9. ^ "Best player at every position in the NFL in 2018". Pro Football Focus. January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "Georgia Tech Football: Former Jacket Shaq Mason wins Super Bowl 53". February 4, 2019.
  11. ^ Reiss, Mike (October 17, 2020). "New England Patriots place Sony Michel, Shaq Mason, Derek Rivers on reserve/COVID-19 list". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  12. ^ Roche, Conor (October 21, 2020). "Patriots remove three players from COVID list; place Jermaine Eluemunor on IR". Boston.com. Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  13. ^ Shook, Nick (March 15, 2022). "Patriots trading guard Shaq Mason to Buccaneers for fifth-round draft pick".