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  Sharrieff Shah
Sharrieff  Shah

Player Profile

Alma Mater:
Utah (1993)


Football Opens Season Thursday vs. No. Colorado

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Red-White Game is Saturday, April 21

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Coaching Experience
2012- Utah

Professional Experience
2006-11: Trial Attorney - Siegfried & Jensen
2001-06: Commercial Litigator - Parsons, Behle & Latimer
1996-02: NFLPA Certified Agent

Having successfully transitioned from law practice to football practice, Sharrieff Shah--in his third year coaching Utah's cornerbacks--was cited by ESPN.com in June 2014 as one of "10 coaches who adapt and thrive."

In his first season on the staff, a cast of senior backs showed a nose for the ball, accounting for half of Utah's interceptions, recovering three fumbles, recording 10 tackles for loss and four sacks. Last fall, Shah broke in an entirely new group of corners and successfully transitioned former safety Keith McGill into an NFL draft pick at cornerback. McGill, who was selected by Oakland in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft, was the first Pac-12 cornerback drafted. He led the Pac-12 with 12 pass breakups as a senior, which tied for the fourth most in school single-season history.

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), an NFL 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.

Recruiting Area
Los Angeles

Playing Career
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-WAC 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.

Utah: 1993
Bachelor's in political science
Utah: 1995
Master's in exercise and sport science
Utah: 2001
Juris Doctorate

Personal Data
Birthdate: January 29, 1971
Hometown: Los Angeles
Family: Married to the former Jennifer Lui. Sons Sharrieff Jr. and Omar. Sharrieff Jr. is a sophomore linebacker with the Utes.

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