First football game televised on Pac-12 Network
Whittingham, Lotulelei, White represent the Utes.
Utes have firepower on offense, defense
Lots of events for fans in spring finale
Utes will hold 15 practices, spring game is Apr. 21
|Siegfried & Jensen|
|Parsons, Behle & Latimer|
|1996-02||NFLPA Certified Agent|
|2014||Las Vegas Bowl|
Having successfully transitioned from law practice to football practice, Sharrieff Shah—in his fourth year coaching Utah’s cornerbacks—was cited by ESPN.com in June 2014 as one of “10 coaches who adapt and thrive.”
Last fall, Shah helped three-year starting safety Eric Rowe make a transition of his own into one of the best corners in the Pac-12 Conference, while Dominique Hatfield successfully moved from wide receiver to defensive back.
Rowe had an honorable mention all-conference season in 2014 and was one of the top performers at the 2015 NFL Combine. Hatfield played just one game at receiver before moving into the starting lineup at cornerback and his nine pass breakups was second on the team only to Rowe’s 13. They helped Utah finish second in the Pac-12 in passing defense in 2014.
A year earlier, Shah helped Keith McGill transition from safety to cornerback in his senior season. McGill led the league in pass breakups in 2013 and was the first Pac-12 cornerback taken in the 2014 NFL Draft as a fourth-round pick of the Oakland Raiders.
In Shah’s first season on the staff, the cornerbacks accounted for half of Utah’s interceptions, recovered three fumbles, recorded 10 tackles for loss and four sacks.
In the interim between his playing days at Utah as an all-conference safety and his law career, Shah stayed closely tethered to the game.
From 1996-2002, he was certified as an agent through the National Football League’s Player Association (NFLPA) and trained players for the NFL combine. From 2000-11, he was the sideline reporter for ESPN 700, Utah’s flagship radio station. Before that, he spent three years as a sideline analyst for local television stations KUTV and KJZZ in their Ute broadcasts.
As an NFL agent, he negotiated multi-million dollar contracts and represented players in the NFL, CFL and NFL Europe. Among his clients was his brother Karim Abdul Jabbar (now known as Abdul Karim-Al Jabbar), a running back for the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts from 1996-2000.
From 2006-11, Shah was a trial attorney with Siegfried & Jensen, the largest personal injury law firm in the state of Utah. He specialized in medical malpractice and catastrophic automobile accidents. Before that, he was a commercial litigator with Parsons, Behle & Latimer from 2001-06.
A four-year letterman for the Utes from 1990-93, Shah started three seasons at strong safety before he incurred a career-ending neck injury three games into his senior season. An honorable mention all-Western Athletic Conference safety in 1991 and 1992 and a team captain, Shah still holds the school record for sacks in a game (4) and ranks second all-time at Utah in tackles for loss in game (5) and tackles for loss yards in a game (30). He was named the Sports Illustrated National Defensive Player of the Week, as well as WAC Player of the Week, in Utah’s 1991 win over Oregon State. His 12 total tackles in that game included five tackles for a loss of 30 yards, four sacks (19 yards) and two forced fumbles. He also ran indoor track for the Utes, competing in the 60-yard dash and long jump from 1990-92. He qualified for the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships all three years.Education
Master’s in exercise and sport science