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Flowery Branch grad Connor Shaw joins football coaching staff at Furman
Former NFL, South Carolina quarterback shifts careers after injury-riddled pro stint
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Flowery Branch native and former Chicago Bears quarterback Connor Shaw (9) warms up before an the preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Aug. 31, 2017, in Chicago. - photo by Associated Press

Flowery Branch High graduate and former NFL quarterback Connor Shaw has joined the Furman University football staff as tight ends coach, the school announced Tuesday in a news release.

“Its an honor to join a staff of not only talented coaches but men of quality character,” Shaw said in the news release. “My family and I are excited for this new chapter and are thankful to be part of something special at Furman University!”

Shaw accounted for more than 3,000 total yards and 33 total touchdowns as a junior at Flowery Branch, guiding the Falcons to the Class 3A state championship game. His numbers were even better as a senior, when he threw for 3,100 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for 800 yards and 17 more scores as Flowery Branch reached the state semifinals.

The Flowery Branch native was a three-year starter at South Carolina, where he set numerous program records. Shaw’s 27-5 career record as a starter made him the winningest quarterback in school history, and he holds the Gamecock completion percentage record (65.5 percent).

His 1,683 rushing yards as a quarterback and 74 total touchdowns are also South Carolina high marks.

As a college senior in 2013, Shaw was garnered recognition as a finalist for the Unitas Award — presented annually to the nation’s best senior quarterback — and as a member of the third team All-Southeastern Conference squad. The Flowery Branch product led South Carolina to three bowl victories before going undrafted in 2014.

Injuries derailed Shaw’s pro career, which spanned four years with the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears. He landed on injured reserve in each of his final three seasons after starting the final game of his rookie year, which ended up being his only NFL regular-season appearance.

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