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Alabama honors scholarship offer to player with career-ending injury

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Earlier today, Texas A&M got a lot of attention for honoring its scholarship offer to Cedric Collins, who suffered a career-ending injury in high school.

Alabama and head coach Nick Saban did exactly the same thing today, as the Crimson Tide will honor its offer of a scholarship to Elisha Shaw, a Georgia product who learned recently from doctors that he would not be able to continue to play college football. He had suffered a neck injury prior to his senior season, sitting out the entire year wondering if he’d get a chance to live up to his relatively high ranking in the nation. Because he only recently found out he would no longer be able to play, he continued to be heavily recruited during the fall.

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When Shaw found out his career could not go on, several schools backed away, but reported a source close to Shaw said only Alabama stood by its scholarship offer to Shaw. So on national signing day, Shaw decided to announce his intention to attend school at Alabama. He will be on a medical scholarship.

Shaw’s injury came in preseason drills in August 2013 when he says he went too low while making a tackle. Shaw wore a neck brace since the injury, but his career wasn’t ruled out until much later.

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“He’s out there with the guys every day,” Tucker (Ga.) coach Bryan Lamar told the Atlanta Journal Constitution in an interview last fall. “He’s a special kid. He has got such a great personality and such a great outlook on life. He was down a little bit when it happened. His teammates, his coaches and everybody kind of picked him up.”

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Comments 15

  1. Classy move by Nick Saban and the Alabama staff. They get so much attention for the gray shirting issue that it’s nice to see a story like this come out…

  2. thats awesome. that gains a lot off respect for their football programs.

  3. Yup…this totally makes up for all the kids he sends packing or “greyshirts” in order to oversign every year. Did he sign a cocktail napkin or was it actually a real scholarship?

  4. “medical scholarship” Did saban actually lose a scholarship against the cap?

    • No. Does it matter? He could have just ignored the young man, as others schools did.

      • Pretty sad his own in state college the University of Georgia had nothing the kid they once recruited hard did nothing but pull his scholarship offer. Then you have there fans complain about how Bama does recruiting and stick by there offer to this kid even though Saban knows he will never play football again, maybe Richt needs to pay attention to how things are done the right way. Maybe then he could have the #1 recruiting class 5 years in a row.

    • Saban doesn’t know anything about this cap you speak of