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Rashid Shaheed becomes first Weber State football alum selected to NFL Pro Bowl

By BRETT HEIN - Standard-Examiner | Jan 4, 2024

Gerald Herbert, Associated Press

New Orleans Saints receiver Rashid Shaheed runs onto the field before an NFL game against the New York Giants on Dec. 17, 2023, in New Orleans.

Rashid Shaheed continues to make history for Weber State football more than two years after playing his final game for the Wildcats.

The New Orleans Saints receiver and returner has been selected to play in the 2024 NFL Pro Bowl, making Shaheed the first WSU football alum to ever receive that honor.

Shaheed was selected as a return specialist for the NFC in the game scheduled for Feb. 4 in Orlando, Florida.

The 6-foot receiver from San Diego has become known as a deep-ball threat as a receiver with the Saints, averaging 16.1 yards per reception in two seasons. In the 2023-24 season, he’s totaled 654 yards and four touchdowns on 43 receptions in 14 games.

He enjoyed a career receiving night on Oct. 29, catching three passes for 153 yards and one touchdown in a win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Shaheed returns both kickoffs and punts for the Saints. This season, he has totaled 23 punt returns for 321 yards and one touchdown. On kickoffs, he has 18 returns for 384 yards.

The 2024 Pro Bowl will see a new format for the first time with a flag football game, as the tackle version of the Pro Bowl has become less exciting and competitive year after year.

Shaheed left Weber State as the only player in program history to receive All-America honors four times. He’s one of three WSU players to ever be named to All-Big Sky honors four times, and his mark of seven kickoff returns for touchdowns remains tied for most in a career among FBS and FCS players.

He also had 2,178 career receiving yards, which is seventh in WSU history, and had 18 career touchdowns.

Shaheed is part of a contingent of Beehive State collegians that gives every football-playing Utah university except Utah Tech a representative in the Pro Bowl.

BYU has two alums in the Pro Bowl: linebacker Fred Warner (49ers) and rookie receiver sensation Puka Nacua (Rams).

Cornerback Jaylon Johnson (Bears) will represent Utah, veteran linebacker Bobby Wagner (Seahawks) represents Utah State, and special teams pick Miles Killebrew (Steelers) will represent Southern Utah.


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