The countdown rolls on and as we pass the July 4th holiday, our attention now focuses solely to college football content. With no No. 57 on Penn State’s roster in 2019, we spotlight former Nittany Lion, center A.Q. Shipley.
A western Pennsylvania native, Shipley came to Happy Valley as a member of Penn State’s 2004 recruiting class. He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, but was actually ranked as a defensive tackle. A highly rated recruit, Shipley was a gem in the Nittany Lions 2004 recruiting class.
However, his impacts as a Nittany Lion wouldn’t come as a defensive tackle but as a center. During his career with the Lions, Shipley was one of the top lineman in the Big Ten and country consistently while being a driving force in the Lions successful running attack.
His hard work and dedication would pay off as he was a First-Team All Big Ten selection in 2007 before having a monster 2008 season. That year, he took home the Rimington Trophy (nation’s best center), was the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, and also was an All-American selection. Off the field, Shipley was known for being a tremendous teammate and person with an infectious attitude.
Shipley would go onto be drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers after being projected as an early day three pick. He would be on the Steelers and then Philadelphia Eagles practice squads his first three seasons before finally catching on with Indianapolis in 2012. He’d spend a season with the Colts before spending a single season with the Baltimore Ravens and then then Colts again before finally finding his long term home with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015 where he remains to this upcoming season.
BSD would like to wish A.Q luck this upcoming season with the Cardinals!