Shawn Andrews
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Andrews with the Eagles in 2007.
No. 73
Personal information
Born: (1982-12-25) December 25, 1982 (age 39)
Camden, Arkansas
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:335 lb (152 kg)
Career information
High school:Camden (AR) Fairview
NFL Draft:2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:63
Games started:57
Player stats at · PFR

Shawn Cornelius Andrews (born December 25, 1982) is a former American football Offensive lineman who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Arkansas, and was a two-time consensus All-American. The Philadelphia Eagles chose him in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and he earned two Pro Bowl selections during his career. He was inducted to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

Early years

Shawn Andrews was born on Christmas Day in 1982 to his mother Linda Andrews. He was raised, along with his two brothers Stacy and Derrick, in the city of Camden, Arkansas. He attended Camden Fairview High School, where he was successful as an offensive lineman for the football team. Andrews earned numerous accolades including Parade, USA Today and Prep Football Report first-team All-American honors. He also participated for the high school track team in shot put and discus.

College career

Andrews received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he played for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team from 2001 to 2003. He started as a freshman in 2001 and was named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America team. Andrews was a two-time first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection, received the SEC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the conference's best blocker two times, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 2002 and a unanimous first-team All-American in 2003.[1] He also won the Jim Parker Trophy as the nation's best offensive lineman in 2003, and was also a finalist for the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy. In his 35 games played, he only gave up two sacks. Andrews decided to forgo his senior season at Arkansas and enter the NFL Draft, saying that he did not want to see his mother struggle with financial problems anymore.

College honors and awards

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 4+18 in
(1.93 m)
366 lb
(166 kg)
33+34 in
(0.86 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
5.49 s 1.96 s 3.20 s 4.85 s 8.25 s 25 in
(0.64 m)
8 ft 2 in
(2.49 m)
27 reps
All values from NFL Combine[2]

Philadelphia Eagles

Prior to the draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had reportedly planned to draft Andrews with the 11th overall pick. However, Steelers owner Dan Rooney overrode both head coach Bill Cowher and director of football operations Kevin Colbert when Ben Roethlisberger was still available and the Steelers not wanting a repeat of passing on a franchise quarterback, as they had done in the 1983 NFL Draft when they drafted Gabriel Rivera while local product Dan Marino was still available.[3]

Instead of going to Pittsburgh, Andrews was chosen by Pennsylvania's other NFL team, the Philadelphia Eagles, as the 16th overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft, after trading up with the San Francisco 49ers. The day after selecting Andrews, the Eagles traded John Welbourn to the Kansas City Chiefs, officially making Andrews the team's starting right guard. He responded with a strong preseason although his season was short-lived. Andrews broke his leg in the opening game of the season against the New York Giants and missed the remainder of the Eagles' NFC Championship season.

Andrews returned to the starting lineup for the 2005 season, and started all 16 games for an injury-plagued Eagles team that finished with a 6–10 record. Andrews played well enough to be named an alternate for the NFC Pro Bowl team. Shawn came into the 2006 season as one of the Eagles' top offensive linemen and it showed as the Eagles awarded him a seven-year contract extension that would have kept him with the team through 2015.[4]

At the end of the 2006 season, Andrews was selected as a starter to the Pro Bowl. During a divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, Andrews went down late in the second quarter with a neck injury and was rushed to a nearby hospital. The injury was later revealed to be a contusion and would not impact his status for 2007 season.

Andrews was selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl in 2007.

Andrews mysteriously departed the Eagles at the end of June 2008. Later he failed to report to training camp at Lehigh University, without notice and without being excused. He cited unexplained "personal issues" in various text messages with reporters. In a newspaper article released on August 4, 2008, Andrews revealed he was suffering from depression and was seeking professional help.[5] He eventually missed 17 days of camp, and returned on August 10.[6] Andrews started in the first two games of the season, but he left in the second game with a back injury. The Eagles did not put him on injured reserve, but the injury caused him to miss the rest of the 2008 season.[7]

Andrews had surgery in the 2009 offseason, but he re-injured his back at the start of training camp, which caused him to miss the entire preseason and the first week of the 2009 season before he was placed on the injured reserve list on September 15, 2009. On March 17, 2010, Andrews was released by the Eagles.[8]

On June 2, 2010, Andrews was selected in the third round of the 2010 UFL Draft by the Omaha Nighthawks.[9] He did not sign with the team.

New York Giants

Andrews signed a six-year contract worth up to $32.6 million with the New York Giants on August 20, 2010, though only $1.5 million for the first season.[10][11] He made his first career start at left tackle during the team's November 7 game against the Seahawks at Qwest Field.[12] Throughout the year, Andrews struggled with lingering back issues, for which he had to take multiple injections for pain.[13]

On January 1, 2011, he admitted he was likely going to retire due to the back pain.[14] On July 28, 2011, he was released by the Giants.[15] Andrews subsequently retired from football, moved back to Arkansas, and has expressed hopes of becoming a stand-up comic.[16]


Andrews is the younger brother of former NFL offensive lineman Stacy Andrews.


  1. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  2. ^ "Arkansas OT Shawn Andrews : 2004 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved May 15, 2004.
  3. ^ "Big Ben pick returned Steelers to glory". April 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "Guard Shawn Andrews signs seven-year deal with Eagles". June 12, 2006. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  5. ^ "Andrews Battling Depression, Plans Return Soon". August 4, 2008. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  6. ^ "Eagles guard Andrews reports after 17-day absence". August 10, 2008. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  7. ^ Solomon, Daniel (December 2, 2008). "Shawn Andrews talks about his injury". Bleeding Green Nation. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  8. ^ "Andrews released, wants to play again". March 17, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  9. ^ "Shawn Andrews selected in the UFL draft". June 2, 2010. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  10. ^ Giants sign former Eagles offensive lineman Shawn Andrews
  11. ^ "Details of Shawn Andrews' contract with the Giants". August 21, 2010.
  12. ^ The Blue Screen (November 8, 2010). "Shawn Andrews does solid job in surprise start on offensive line; Big crowd on hand for Kevin Boss". New York: NY Daily News. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  13. ^ Hubbuch, Bart (January 1, 2011). "Pain could push Giants' Andrews to retire". New York Post.
  14. ^ Archived from the original on March 18, 2014. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (July 28, 2011). "Release Tracker". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  16. ^ "Andrews says time in Philly was 'living hell'". USA Today. November 20, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013.