40 Facts About Shaun Alexander


Shaun Edward Alexander was born on August 30,1977 and is an American former professional football player who was a running back for the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins of the National Football League.

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Shaun Alexander played college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide, and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks 19th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft.

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Shaun Alexander was the first athlete featured on the cover of both the NCAA Football and Madden NFL series of video games.

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Shaun Alexander has an older brother Durran, and four older half-sisters and three older half-brothers.

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Shaun Alexander's 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.

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Shaun Alexander was listed in "Faces in the Crowd" section of Sports Illustrated in January 1994.

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Shaun Alexander 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.

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Shaun Alexander had narrowed his choices down to Michigan, Alabama, and Notre Dame.

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Shaun Alexander ultimately chose the University of Alabama because of the warm weather and the overall students' enthusiasm.

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In 1995, during his senior year in high school, Shaun Alexander accepted a scholarship from Gene Stallings, then-head coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.

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Shaun Alexander was rewarded with an All-Southeast Conference honors at the end of the season.

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Shaun Alexander left the school holding 15 records, including 3,565 career rushing yards.

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Shaun Alexander was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks on April 15 in the 2000 NFL Draft in the first round with the 19th overall pick.

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Shaun Alexander was named the NFC Player of the week after his performance against the Raiders.

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In 2002, Shaun Alexander started all 16 games en route to an NFC leading 16 rushing touchdowns, four of which came in the first half of Seattle's September 29,2002 game against the Minnesota Vikings in only the second regular-season game ever at Seahawks Stadium in Seattle.

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Shaun Alexander rushed his way to a career-high of 1,435 rushing yards and scored 16 touchdowns.

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In 2004, Shaun Alexander remained one of the key components of Seattle's offense.

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Shaun Alexander finished second in the NFL in rushing yards to the New York Jets' Curtis Martin by a single yard.

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Shaun Alexander retracted his comments the following day and expressed support for his coach.

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Shaun Alexander led the NFL in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, Pro Bowl votes, and points.

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On November 13,2005, scoring 3 touchdowns, Shaun Alexander became the first running back in NFL history to record 15 or more touchdowns in five consecutive seasons.

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On November 20,2005, in San Francisco, Shaun Alexander became the first player in NFL history to score 19 rushing or receiving touchdowns in only 10 games.

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On December 11,2005, in Seattle's NFC West-clinching victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Shaun Alexander had his ninth 100–yard rushing game of the year, breaking Chris Warren's franchise record of eight 100–yard games.

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On December 18,2005, in a game against the Tennessee Titans, Shaun Alexander passed the 1,600-yard mark for the second consecutive season, had a Seahawks franchise record 10th 100-yard rushing game, and scored his 24th rushing touchdown of the year.

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Shaun Alexander became the first Seahawks player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

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On January 1,2006, in a game versus the Green Bay Packers, Shaun Alexander set the single-season touchdown record at 28, and tied Priest Holmes's record of 27 rushing touchdowns in a season.

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Shaun Alexander won his first NFL rushing title with 1,880 rushing yards, while leading the NFC for the second consecutive year.

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Shaun Alexander beat out New York Giants running back Tiki Barber and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning who had won the award the previous two years.

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Shaun Alexander received 34 votes of a panel of 50 NFL sportswriters and broadcasters.

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At the ESPY Awards Shaun Alexander received two awards, Best Record Breaking Performance and Best NFL Player.

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Shaun Alexander was the first player to be featured on both the covers of Madden NFL and NCAA Football.

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Shaun Alexander was the only one with this accomplishment up until Larry Fitzgerald was selected to appear on Madden NFL 10, though Fitzgerald was sharing a cover with the Steelers' Troy Polamalu.

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Shaun Alexander broke his left foot in Week 3 of the season, effectively continuing the Madden Curse.

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However, in the same game, Shaun Alexander set a team record while scoring his 102nd touchdown of his career, breaking Steve Largent's record.

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Shaun Alexander's performance was a return to MVP form and yet another prime-time showcase for Shaun Alexander, who was still playing with the broken foot.

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Shaun Alexander indicated that the injury was not major and that he would continue to play, but his performance took a noticeable turn for the worse.

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Shaun Alexander added 14 receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown to his rushing totals.

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On October 14,2008, the team signed Shaun Alexander to fill the void left when back-up running back Ladell Betts went down with a knee injury.

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In 2016, Shaun Alexander was inducted into The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Shaun Alexander married Valerie Shaun Alexander in April 2002 after a two-year courtship.

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