GP/GS (Playoffs): 169/155 (5/5)
- Springs joins the Patriots in 2009 as a veteran of 12 NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (1997-2003) and Washington Redskins (2004-08).
- Springs enters 2009 having played in 157 career games with 147 starts and has made 662 tackles (568 solo), 8.5 sacks, 32 interceptions for 421 yards and two touchdowns, 137 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries for 85 yards and a touchdown.
- Springs is one of 17 active players with 30 or more career interceptions and has recorded at least one interception in each of his 12 NFL seasons.
- Springs is the only defensive back in NFL history to lead his team in sacks and interceptions in the same season, achieving the feat with the Redskins in 2004.
- Springs played in 64 games with 52 starts over five seasons in Washington (2004-08).
- Springs played in all 16 games in 2007 and made 14 starts while finishing second on the team with four interceptions and fourth on the club with 72 tackles.
- In 2005, Springs started all 15 games in which he appeared and recorded 51 tackles and an interception.
- In his debut season with the Redskins in 2004, Springs led the team in sacks (6) and interceptions (5). He is one of just five players in league history to lead his team in sacks and interceptions, joining Junior Seau (San Diego, 1997), Joey Porter (Pittsburgh, 2002), Adalius Thomas (Baltimore, 2005) and Jason Taylor (Miami, 2006). Springs is the only defensive back to achieve the feat
- Springs' six sacks for Washington in 2004 led all NFL defensive backs.
- Springs began his career in Seattle (1997-2003), playing in 93 games with 88 starts over seven seasons with the Seahawks.
- In 2000, Springs had a career-high 85 tackles along with a pair of interceptions.
- In 1999, Springs led the Seahawks with five interceptions.
- Springs had a breakout year in 1998 when he started every game and recorded a career-high seven interceptions, earning a Pro Bowl selection. He scored three touchdowns in 1998, including two interception returns for touchdowns and a fumble return for a touchdown.
2009 (12/8/0/4): Played in 12 games and making eight starts at cornerback ... Made his Patriots debut versus the Buffalo Bills (9/14) ... Registered his first interception in a Patriots uniform versus the Jacksonville Jaguars (12/27).
Buffalo (9/14): Played in a reserve role at cornerback in his Patriots debut in a 25-24 comeback win over the Bills ... Tallied six solo tackles. at N.Y. Jets (9/20): Made his first start in a Patriots uniform, playing at cornerback against the Jets ... Tallied three tackles (2 solo). Atlanta (9/27): Started at cornerback in the Patriots' 26-10 victory over the Falcons ... Helped to keep Falcons receivers under 200 combined receiving yards ... Made two solo tackles. Baltimore (10/4): Started at cornerback in the Patriots' 27-21 victory over the Ravens ... Finished second on the team with seven tackles (6 solo). at Denver (10/11): Made the start at cornerback, tallying seven tackles (6 solo) ... Registered his first two passes defensed of the season. Tennessee (10/18): Played in reserve at cornerback as the Patriots tied the largest margin of victory by any team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger in a 59-0 shutout over the Titans. at Tampa Bay (10/25): Played in reserve at cornerback in the Patriots' 35-7 win over the Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium. Miami (11/8): Played in reserve at cornerback in the Patriots' 27-17 win over the Dolphins ... Tallied two solo tackles. at Indianapolis (11/15): Inactive. N.Y. Jets (11/22): Inactive. at New Orleans (11/30): Inactive. at Miami (12/6): Inactive. Carolina (12/13): Returned to action, making the start at cornerback in the Patriots' 20-10 win over the Panthers ... Tallied four tackles (3 solo). at Buffalo (12/20): Made his second straight start at cornerback in the Patriots' 17-10 win over the Bills ... Tallied two solo tackles. Jacksonville (12/27): Started at cornerback and tallied his first New England interception as the Patriots clinched the AFC East title in a 35-7 win over the Jaguars ... Halted a promising Jaguars drive in the third quarter, picking off a David Garrard pass intended for Mike Sims-Walker at the Patriots' 5-yard line and setting up a Patriots touchdown drive ... Broke up a deep ball intended for Torry Holt in the first quarter ... Registered three solo tackles. at Houston (1/3): Started at cornerback at the Texans and made three solo tackles ... Provided stingy defense on Andre Johnson on a Texans' fourth-and-goal try from the Patriots' 1-yard line in the second quarter, forcing a turnover on downs after Matt Schaub threw the ball out of bounds.
2009 Postseason (1/1/0/0): Baltimore (1/10): Started at cornerback versus the Ravens.
2008 (9/7 - Washington): Played in nine games with seven starts for the Redskins ... had 36 tackles (33 solo), one sack, one interception and eight passes defensed.
2007 (16/14, 1/1 - Washington): Appeared in 16 regular-season games with 14 starts and one postseason contest at Seattle (1/5) ... Ranked second on the team in interceptions (four) and fourth in tackles (72) ... Added one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... Tied a career high with two interceptions in 24-16 win at Chicago (12/3) ... His interceptions occurred in consecutive series at Chicago (12/3) ... Returned his first pick against the Bears 53 yards late in the second quarter to set up a Redskins' touchdown ... Also had one interception in each of the season's final two games to help the Redskins qualify for the playoffs.
2006 (9/8 - Washington): Played in nine regular-season games with eight starts ... Was inactive for six games due to a groin injury ... Had 44 tackles (36 solo) and one interception ... Had a season-high nine tackles against Dallas (11/5) ... Made his lone interception of the season at Tampa Bay (11/19) ... Placed on injured reserve (12/26) with a broken shoulder blade.
2005 (15/15, 1/1 - Washington): Appeared and started in 15 regular-season games and also started one postseason contest ... Tallied 51 tackles (45 solo) and one interception to go along with 10 passes defensed ... Had a season-high seven tackles against his old club, Seattle (10/2) ... Had his lone interception of the season against San Diego (11/27) ... Had three passes defensed in each of the season's final two games to help the Redskins qualify for the playoffs.
2004 (15/15 - Washington): Played and started in 15 regular-season games ... Had 69 tackles (56 solo), six sacks, five interceptions and one forced fumble ... Became the first defensive back and just the fifth player in NFL history to lead his team in sacks (six) and interceptions (five) in a single season ... Ranked sixth in the NFC in interceptions (five) ... Led all defensive backs in the NFL in sacks (six) ... Recorded a pair of interceptions against Green Bay (10/31), recording his third career multi-interception game ... Had a career-high two sacks at Dallas (12/26).
2003 (12/8, 1/1 - Seattle): Played 12 regular-season games with eight starts and one postseason contest ... Inactive for four games with a shoulder injury ... Finished the season with 39 tackles (34 solo), 1.5 sacks and one interception ... Posted his first career sack vs. Cleveland (11/30) ... Had his lone interception of the season against Detroit (11/16) ... Had a season-high three passes defensed at Baltimore (11/23) ... Had a season-high 10 tackles against Cleveland (11/30).
2002 (15/15 - Seattle): Tied Ken Lucas for team-lead with 12 passes defensed to go along with 59 total tackles and three interceptions ... Posted four tackles and picked up fourth-career fumble recovery and returned it 71 yards at Oakland (9/8), the third longest fumble return in Seahawks history ... Posted five tackles before leaving the game late in the third quarter (foot) at New York Giants (9/22) ... Declared inactive (foot) versus Minnesota (9/29), before returning to collect six tackles at St. Louis (10/20) ... Tallied three tackles and two passes defensed, with one coming in the end zone on a fourth-and-one play at Dallas (10/27) ... Had three tackles and first interception of the season that ended the first half at Arizona (11/10) ... Had six solo stops and an interception for the second straight game versus Denver (11/17) ... Posted season-high seven stops versus St. Louis (12/22) ... Had four solo tackles and three passes defensed, including his third interception, in the season finale at San Diego (12/29).
2001 (8/7 - Seattle): Played in a total of eight games while starting seven ... Missed the first three games with hamstring injury, but returned to start the next seven ballgames at the left corner position ... Had four tackles and only interception of the season (16th career) versus Denver (10/14) ... Posted a season-high seven stops and one pass defensed to go along with a fumble recovery at Buffalo (11/18) ... Recorded five solo stops versus Kansas City (11/25).
2000 (16/16 - Seattle): Started all 16 games and concluded the season starting his 49th consecutive game vs Buffalo (12/23), tying (Willie Williams) for the team-lead with eight tackles (six solo) ... Finished fifth on the team with a career-high 85 stops and led the team in tackles twice, including a season-high 10 solo tackles at Jacksonville (11/12) ... Intercepted his first pass at San Diego (9/24) off Ryan Leaf and his second of the year came vs Denver (11/26), returning it 8 yards ... Tied (Jay Bellamy, Robert Blackmon) for eighth-place on Seattle's all-time interception list with 15 career picks ... Made his only forced fumble of the season at Denver (12/10), stripping KaRon Coleman at the goal line ... It was his first forced fumble since 10/4/98 at Kansas City (40 games) ... Tied a career-high with three special teams tackles.
1999 (16/16, 1/1 - Seattle): Started all 16 games at left cornerback earning various All-Pro honors while tying team lead with five interceptions ... Totaled 73 tackles, on the season, just two off his career mark ... Set career high with 63 solo stops ... Had 14 passes defensed and second career fumble recovery at Chicago (9/19) ... Totaled four tackles at Pittsburgh (9/26) and first interception of season which he returned 42 yards ... Also had two passes defensed ... Most superb game of the season came on ABC's Monday Night Football at Green Bay (11/1), which he was named the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week ... Totaled five tackles (five solo), three passes defensed and had second career multi-interception game with two off of Brett Favre ... First interception was in the end zone that halted a Packers scoring threat ... Also returned a blocked field goal by Lamar King 61 yards for a touchdown, marking his fourth career touchdown ... Led team with nine tackles (eight solo) at Kansas City (11/21) and tied for team lead with 10 (nine solo) at Oakland (12/5) ... Had interceptions at Denver (12/19) and versus Kansas City (12/26).
1998 (16/16 - Seattle): Started all 16 games at cornerback ... Voted to the AFC Pro Bowl squad ... Finished fourth in the AFC with seven interceptions ... Scored the Seahawks first touchdown of the season with a 42-yard interception return in a 38-0 victory over the Eagles... Recorded three passes defensed while the defense limited Philadelphia to just 174 yards of total offense ... Teamed with cornerback Willie Williams to hold the Eagles' receivers to just four catches on the day ... Followed-up that performance with a 56-yard interception return for a touchdown on the second week of the season versus Arizona (9/13) ... Established a career-high with 13 tackles at San Diego (10/25) ... Registered his first career multiinterception game versus San Diego (12/13) ... Scored third touchdown of the season on a 14-yard fumble return, his first career recovery, versus Indianapolis (12/20) ... Tied the team record for interception return touchdowns in a season, with John Harris (1981), Kenny Easley (1984), Dave Brown (1984) and Keith Simpson (1984) ... Led the team with 21 passes defensed.
1997 (10/10 - Seattle): Started ten games at right cornerback. Finished third on the team with eight tackles in first NFL game against the Jets (8/31)... Recorded his first career interception versus Tennessee (10/5)... Forced a fumble versus Oakland (10/26)... Broke his thumb early at Denver (11/2), but continued to play throughout the game... Returned to start in the season finale victory over San Francisco (12/21).
Started all 37 games over three seasons at Ohio State (1994-96) after redshirting in 1993 ... First-team All-Big 10 Conference as a sophomore and junior and an All-Conference All-Academic pick ... Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 1996 ... Finished his collegiate career with 152 career tackles, six interceptions and five tackles for loss and also averaged 25.2 yards on 20 kickoff returns with one touchdown and 9.5 yards on 27 punt returns ... Finished the 1996 season with 39 tackles and a team-leading 15 passes defensed ... Sophomore All-America pick in 1995 by Girdiron Report ... Led team with five interceptions and added 52 tackles in 1995 ... Freshman All-America in 1994 as chosen by Football News ... Recorded 61 tackles and one interception in 1994.
Shawn Springs as born on March 11, 1975 in Williamsburg, Virginia ... His father, Ron, was a running back at Ohio State from 1976-78, and played in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys from 1979-84 ... Attended Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, Md. ... Was an All-State selection and played both cornerback and tailback in football ... Attended graduation at Ohio State University to receive his diploma for a bachelor of science degree in sociology in the summer of 2003.
- Shawn's father, Ron Springs, was a running back at Ohio State from 1976-78, and played in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys from 1979-84.