Shaun Alexander

Shaun Alexander
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Alexander with the Seattle Seahawks in 2006
No. 37
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1977-08-30) August 30, 1977 (age 41)
Florence, Kentucky
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Boone County
(Florence, Kentucky)
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:9,453
Rushing average:4.3
Rushing touchdowns:100
Receiving yards:1,520
Receiving touchdowns:12
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Shaun Edward Alexander (born August 30, 1977) is a former American football running back who played for the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Alabama, and was drafted by the Seahawks 19th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. In May 2011, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Alexander set numerous NFL and Seattle Seahawks' franchise records, and was named the NFL MVP in 2005. He was also named to the NFL's 2000 All-Decade team.[1]

Early career

Alexander was born and raised in Florence, Kentucky. His father, Curtis Alexander Jr., works for Morton Salt and his mother Carol works in the truancy department of the Boone County School District.[2] He has an older brother Durran, and four older half-sisters and three older half-brothers.[3] His parents divorced when he was 11, and he and Durran were raised by their mother in a two-bedroom apartment off of Shenandoah Drive in Florence, Kentucky.[3]

Alexander attended Florence Elementary School and Rector A. Jones Middle School.[3] In 1991, he entered Boone County High School. As a freshman, he played football for the junior varsity team and was voted Class President—as he was every year in high school.[4] As well as football, Alexander excelled in basketball, baseball, and track.[5]

In his sophomore season, Alexander made the varsity team as the second-string running back. By mid-season, he was the team's featured running back as he rushed for 1,095 yards and fourteen touchdowns. During his junior season in 1993, Alexander ran for 2,396 yards and 42 touchdowns as Boone County made it to the state semifinals. In a game versus Campbell County, Alexander rushed for seven touchdowns. He was listed in "Faces in the Crowd" section of Sports Illustrated in January 1994.[6]

During his senior season, 1994-1995, Alexander rushed for 3,166 yards and a state record 54 touchdowns[7] and was named Kentucky's "Mr. Football".[8] He also was selected All-American by Parade and USA Today's 1994 All USA team, named "Old Spice Athlete of the Month" by Sports Illustrated, and was known as "Alexander the Great" and had his high school number 37 retired a few weeks before his graduation.[5] In three varsity seasons, Alexander rushed for 6,657 yards and 110 touchdowns—both of which are Top 10 prep all-time records.

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