Sam Shields

Today, Sam Shields is 29. He has not played a down since opening day due to a concussion, his fourth in six years, and his career as a Packer sadly may be over for that reason. The team has certainly noticed the absence of its top cornerback this season.

With Sam Shields playing opposite Tramon Williams, the Packers started two undrafted free agents at cornerback from 2012-14. Shields emerged as a starter as a rookie out of Miami in the team’s championship season of 2010 and has come up with four interceptions in postseason play and 18 in the regular season. Shields is a bit slight of size at 5’11” and 180 pounds but is fast and a good cover man. He is not the most physical cornerback and was shoved away by the Seahawks Golden Tate in the infamous “Fail Mary” loss to Seattle in 2012. A solid, pugnacious and very effective player, he made the Pro Bowl in 2014. If his career in Green Bay is over, he will be missed.

(Adapted from Green Bay Gold.)

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Custom card in 1961 Fleer style.

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