Shamiel Gary

Shamiel Gary
No. --Buffalo Bills
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-05-31) May 31, 1990
Place of birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Tulsa (OK) Washington
College: Oklahoma State
Undrafted: 2014
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Practice squad
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Total tackles: 11
Forced fumbles: 0
Pass deflections: 0
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at

Shamiel Gary (born May 31, 1990) is an American football safety for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played his first two college football seasons at Wyoming, where he was a Freshman All-American, before transferring to Oklahoma State and redshirting in 2011. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He also played for the Chicago Bears.

Early years and high school career

Shamiel Gary was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 31, 1990, to Gwen Evans and Steven Gary. He attended Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa (OK), where he played safety for head coach Antwain Jimmerson. As a senior he helped lead the Hornets to a 13-1 record and an Oklahoma 5A State Championship, as he recorded 124 tackles and 8.0 sacks. In the same year he was named the 5A District 3 Defensive Player of the Year.

College career

Out of high school, he was recruited by Air Force, Kansas State and Wyoming. He chose to attend the latter, where he played strong safety for head coach Dave Christensen. On September 5, 2009 in the season opener versus Weber State, Gary recorded 7 tackles and three interceptions. As a true freshman, he started 12 of 13 games at strong safety, tied the team lead in interceptions (3) and ranked fifth on the team in tackles (98). In 2010, he recorded 94 tackles, 5 passes defended and one interception. At the end of his sophomore season he transferred to Oklahoma State to be closer to his family and his grandmother, who was battling Alzheimer's disease.[1] He sat out the 2011 season due to the NCAA transfer rules. In 2012, he started every game for the Cowboys, recording 72 tackles, 6 passes defended, three interceptions and one forced fumble. As a senior, he recorded 47 tackles, 9 passes defended and three interceptions, as he helped lead the Oklahoma State Cowboys to a 10-3 record and a 2nd place in the Big 12 Conference. At the end of the season, the Cowboys were invited to the Cotton Bowl Classic, where they lost to Missouri by a score of 31-41.[2] Gary recorded one tackle during the game.

Professional career

New England Patriots

Gary was not drafted during the 2014 NFL Draft. On May 12, 2014 he was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent.[3] On August 30, 2014 he was released by the Patriots in order to get down to the 53-man active roster limit.[4]

Chicago Bears

On October 8, 2014 Gary was signed by the Chicago Bears to a one-year contract, following injuries to Bears' safeties Chris Conte and Ahmad Dixon.[5] He was waived on October 11, 2014 and then signed to the Bears' practice squad on October 13, 2014.

Miami Dolphins

On January 8, 2015 the Miami Dolphins announced they had signed Gary.[6] On August 10, 2015 he was waived by the Dolphins. On November 3, 2015 he was again signed to the Dolphins' practice squad. On November 28, 2015, he was promoted to the active roster.

Minnesota Vikings

On September 5, 2016, Gary was signed to the Vikings' practice squad.[7] On September 13, he was released from their practice squad.[8]

Second stint with Patriots

On October 25, 2016, Gary was signed back to the Patriots' practice squad.[9] On November 26, 2016, he was released from their practice squad.[10]

Buffalo Bills

On December 1, 2016, Gary was signed to the Bills' practice squad.[11]

NFL stats

2015 MIA 4 7 5 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 4 7 5 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



  1. "Oklahoma State football: Family brought Shamiel Gary back home to Oklahoma". Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  2. "2014 Cotton Bowl results: Missouri wins a Texas-sized shootout, 41-31". Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  3. "Patriots sign nine rookie free agents". New England Patriots. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  4. "Patriots release OL Jon Halapio, DB Shamiel Gary". It Is What It Is. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  5. "Chicago Bears sign safety Shamiel Gary". Windy City Gridiron. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  6. "Miami Dolphins on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  7. "Vikings Sign S Shamiel Gary to Practice Squad".
  8. "Vikings Sign Cornerbacks Tre Roberson and Julian Wilson to Practice Squad".
  9. "Patriots trade TE AJ Derby to Denver; Sign Shamiel Gary to the practice squad.". October 25, 2016.
  10. "Patriots release DB Shamiel Gary from the practice squad". November 26, 2016.
  11. Brown, Chris (December 1, 2016). "Bills add safety to practice squad".
  12. "Sean Taylor Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
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