Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
After a standout high school career in Florida, Shaun King came to New Orleans and continued the line of exception Tulane University quarterbacks. His career was capped in 1998 when he quarterbacked the Green Wave to a perfect 12-0 season and the No. 7 national ranking. He set the NCAA record for passing efficiency (183.3) as a senior, when he completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,495 yards and 38 TDs against only six interceptions. He also ran the ball 156 times for 633 yards and 11 more TDs as he finished 10th in Heisman Trophy voting. In a victory over Army, the 6-1, 200-pounder became the first player to pass for 300 yards and run for 100 yards in the same game. King left Tulane as the school’s career leader in total offense (9,468 yards), passing yards (8,419), touchdown passes (70), pass completions (646), and pass attempts (1,163). He was a second-round draft choice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1999, and as a rookie, started the final five games of the season and led the Bucs to the NFC Championship Game. He started all 16 games in 2000 and led Tampa Bay to a 10-6 record and a return trip to the playoffs. While that was his final year as a starter, he would play four more years in the NFL, earning a Super Bowl ring with the Bucs in 2002.