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Shawn Jefferson
Wide Receivers

Biography

Shawn Jefferson enters his second season as the wide receivers coach with the Titans after spending eight seasons as a coach for the Detroit Lions, including the last five years as the wide receivers coach.

In his first season with the Titans, Jefferson oversaw wide receiver Kendall Wright’s first 1,000-yard season as a pro, the second highest totals of Nate Washington’s career in receptions and yards and the maturation of rookie Justin Hunter into a big-play receiver. Wright became the first receiver in franchise history to lead the team in receptions in each of his first two years in the NFL and his 94 receptions last season were the fifth-most for a season in franchise history.

Shawn Jefferson enters his second season as the wide receivers coach with the Titans after spending eight seasons as a coach for the Detroit Lions, including the last five years as the wide receivers coach.

In his first season with the Titans, Jefferson oversaw wide receiver Kendall Wright’s first 1,000-yard season as a pro, the second highest totals of Nate Washington’s career in receptions and yards and the maturation of rookie Justin Hunter into a big-play receiver. Wright became the first receiver in franchise history to lead the team in receptions in each of his first two years in the NFL and his 94 receptions last season were the fifth-most for a season in franchise history.

Under Jefferson’s guidance in 2012, Calvin Johnson broke the NFL record for receiving yards in a season (1,964), which surpassed Jerry Rice’s 1995 record. In fact, over the five years that Jefferson coached Johnson, he led the NFL in receiving yards with 7,080, receiving touchdowns with 50 and receptions of 25 yards or more with 70. He also earned three Pro Bowl invitations (2010, 2011, 2012) and was named All Pro in 2011 and 2012.

In the 2011 season, the wide receiver corps helped the Lions offense reach new heights as the team set franchise marks for completions (423) and passing yards (5,071). Johnson set a then-career mark with 1,681 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. Wide receiver Nate Burleson posted a career-high 73 receptions and rookie wide receiver Titus Young totaled 48 grabs.

Jefferson originally joined the Lions in 2005 as a coaching assistant. He was promoted to offensive assistant in 2006 and assistant wide receivers coach in 2007.

After his NFL career was complete, he joined the coaching ranks as a volunteer coach at his high school alma mater, Williams Raines H.S. in 2004.

A 13-year NFL veteran, Jefferson played for four teams (San Diego, New England, Atlanta, Detroit) and totaled 195 games played, 7,023 receiving yards and two Super Bowls appearances (XXXIX with the Chargers and XXXI with the Patriots). Jefferson was originally a ninth-round selection of the Houston Oilers in 1991. He played his college football at Central Florida.

Raised in Florida, Jefferson and his wife, Marla, have two daughters, Paige and Faith; and a son, Van.

Shawn Jefferson Coaching Ledger:

2013-14:
Wide Receivers, Tennessee Titans
2008-12:
Wide Receivers, Detroit Lions
2007:
Assistant Wide Recievers, Detroit Lions
2006:
Offensive Assistant, Detroit Lions
2005: Coaching Assistant, Detroit Lions
2004: Volunteer Coach, Williams Raines H.S. (Jacksonville, Fla.)

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