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Visanthe Shiancoe

Visanthe Shiancoe
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Shiancoe with the Vikings in 2009
No. 82, 81, 80
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1980-06-18) June 18, 1980 (age 39)
Birmingham, England
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Silver Spring (MD) Blair
College:Morgan State
NFL Draft:2003 / Round: 3 / Pick: 91
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:245
Receiving yards:2,679
Receiving touchdowns:27
Player stats at NFL.com

Visanthe O. Shiancoe (; born June 18, 1980) is a British former American football tight end. After playing college football for Morgan State, he was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played for the Giants for four seasons from 2003 to 2006 and the Minnesota Vikings for five seasons from 2007 to 2011. He played for the New England Patriots in 2012 and the Tennessee Titans in 2013.

Early life

Shiancoe was born in Birmingham, England to a Liberian mother and a Ghanaian father. As an infant, he emigrated to the United States with his mother, settling in Silver Spring, Maryland.[1]

Shiancoe played high school football for Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring.[2] He attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland where he transformed himself from a 190-pound freshman to a 250-pound senior tight end.[3]

Professional career

2003 NFL Combine

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft  in
(1.94 m)
251 lb
(114 kg)
 in
(1.00 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
All values from NFL Combine

New York Giants (2003-2006)

Shiancoe was drafted in the third round (91st overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.[4] He played for the Giants for four seasons, mostly serving as a backup to Jeremy Shockey.[5]

Minnesota Vikings (2007-2011)

Shiancoe signed a five-year, $18.2 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent in 2007.[5] He compiled 208 receptions for 2,424 yards and 24 touchdowns in his five seasons as a Viking, in regular season games. He played in 80 games, of which he started in 66.[6] He led NFC tight ends with seven touchdowns in 2008 and ranked third by a tight end in the NFL.[7]

New England Patriots (2012)

Shiancoe agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots on July 24, 2012, reportedly worth $1.2 million.[8] He was activated on November 11, 2012 after an injury of Aaron Hernandez and a suspension of Brandon Bolden. On December 11, 2012, he was released.[9]

Baltimore Ravens (2013)

On July 28, 2013, Shiancoe signed a one-year deal to play for the Baltimore Ravens. The contract is considered a "qualifying contract" under which Shiancoe will stand to make the veteran minimum for a player with 10 or more years of service ($940,000) while counting only $555,000 against the Raven's salary cap.[10] The signing was prompted by a season-ending hip injury suffered during training camp by Dennis Pitta.[11] Less than a month on the team, Shiancoe was released after the third week of preseason on August 25, 2013.[12]

Tennessee Titans

On December 3, 2013, Shiancoe signed with the Tennessee Titans.[13] On December 10, the Titans released Shiancoe.[14]

Television appearances

Shiancoe was a contestant on NBC's Minute to Win It on September 8, 2010, playing to win money for the National Kidney Foundation.[15] When he could not perform the card trick, where he had to blow off a deck of 53 playing cards with one joker at the bottom remaining on the bottle in a minute, he successfully performed the same trick on NFL Network again in less than 30 seconds, only to realize that the final Joker card was glued on.[16]

Towel incident

Fox aired a post game segment following a victory over the Detroit Lions in 2008. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf was presenting the game ball to coach Brad Childress' son, Andrew, who had enlisted in the United States Marine Corps the day before. In the background, Shiancoe was shown unclothed for a moment before covering himself with a towel. According to the NFL and Fox Sports, the image lasted a fifth of a second.[17] Fox Sports apologized for airing the image.[18] Through his agent, Shiancoe said he was embarrassed by the unintentional incident.[19]

Personal life

Shiancoe currently resides in Prince George's County, Maryland.[20] Although his first name has been commonly mispronounced as vi-SAWN-tee or vi-SAWN-tae he has clarified that the correct pronunciation is vi-SAWNTH .[21][22]

He plans to become involved in causes in his mother's home country of Liberia.[23]

References

  1. ^ Janis, Robert. "Visanthe Shiancoe". www.visantheshiancoe.com. Archived from the original on August 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ Lambrecht, Gary (September 25, 2002). "NFL scouts find Morgan on map". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Lewis, Albert (February 2, 2005). "Former Bear Gives Back In Giant Way". Morgan State University Athletic Department. Archived from the original on November 8, 2015. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "2003 NFL Draft Tracker". NFL.com. Archived from the original on November 17, 2006. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ a b Vacchiano, Ralph (November 23, 2007). "Catching up with former Giant tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, now with Vikings". Daily News (New York). Archived from the original on September 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Visanthe Shiancoe stats". Pro-football-reference.com. Archived from the original on September 29, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Visanthe Shiancoe bio". Vikings.com. Minnesota Vikings. Archived from the original on November 26, 2009. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ Smith, Michael David (July 24, 2012). "Patriots sign Visanthe Shiancoe". ProFootballTalk.com. NBC Sports. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "Patriots place WR Donte' Stallworth on IR; Release TE Visanthe Shiancoe". patriots.com. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ Wilson, Aaron (August 6, 2013). "Ravens need Visanthe Shiancoe right away with Ed Dickson's hamstring injury". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on August 20, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ "Ravens sign Visanthe Shiancoe". ESPN. July 29, 2013. Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ Mink, Ryan (August 25, 2013). "Ravens Release 12 Players". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ Twitter / TennesseeTitans: The #Titans have agreed to terms with fullback Quinn Johnson & tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.
  14. ^ Twitter / TennesseeTitans: The #Titans have re-signed offensive lineman Kevin Matthews and released tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.
  15. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2010/08/19/nbcs-minute-to-win-it-to-air-special-nfl-themed-episodes-september-7-and-8-leading-up-to-nbcs-nfl-kickoff-on-september-9/20100819nbc01/
  16. ^ http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d81e58a06/Shiancoe-s-card-trick
  17. ^ Pucin, Diane (December 8, 2008). "Not the kind of exposure Visanthe Shiancoe wanted". Los Angeles Times.
  18. ^ Zulgad, Judd (December 7, 2008). "Fox apologizes for showing unclothed Viking". Star Tribune.
  19. ^ "Naked truth on Vikes TE". Associated Press. Chicago Sun-Times. December 9, 2008. Archived from the original on December 10, 2008.
  20. ^ Zrebiec, Jeff. "With Dennis Pitta out for the year, Ravens add Visanthe Shiancoe to roster". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013.
  21. ^ Davis, Nate (February 17, 2011). "Vikings' Shiancoe clarifies pronunciation of his name ... sort of". USA Today. Archived from the original on November 9, 2015. Retrieved 2013.
  22. ^ Carlyle, Erin (September 8, 2010). "How do you pronounce 'Visanthe Shiancoe'?". City Pages. Archived from the original on January 20, 2011. Retrieved 2013.
  23. ^ "Visanthe Shiancoe 'In the Game'".

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