Shiloh Keo

Shiloh Keo

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Keo with the Denver Broncos in 2016
No. 49New Orleans Saints
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-12-17) December 17, 1987
Place of birth: Bothell, Washington
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Everett (WA) Archbishop Murphy
College: Idaho
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 144
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2016
Tackles: 87
Sacks: 0.0
Interceptions: 3
Player stats at

Shiloh Keo (born December 17, 1987) is an American football safety for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). Selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Houston Texans, he played college football for the University of Idaho in the Western Athletic Conference.

Early life and high school

Keo was one of seven children born in Washington state to Hawaiian Regan, an ILWU longshoreman, and Cuban-American Diana Keo. Keo's parents coached football and softball for 27 years.[1][2]

Keo is a 2006 graduate of Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett, Washington, north of Seattle, where he played under head coach Terry Ennis. He transferred from Woodinville in 2004, following his sophomore year. As a senior, he played in the 2005 2A football state championship, but AMHS lost to Pullman.

College career

Keo earned the starting job as a true freshman at the University of Idaho in 2006 under head coach Dennis Erickson, establishing himself as a leader in the secondary with 72 total tackles. That year Keo was named an honorable mention on the Sporting News All-Freshman Team. Keo was the Vandals' team MVP in 2007 under first-year head coach Robb Akey. That season he established a new school record with a 100-yard punt return against Northern Illinois, in addition to also setting records in punt return yardage and punt return average. Injured early during the 2008 season, Keo redshirted and returned as a first team all-WAC conference safety as a junior in 2009, leading his team to their first winning record since 1999 and a Humanitarian Bowl victory. In 2010, Keo was once again named Team MVP and earned 2nd team all-WAC conference honors.

Professional career

Houston Texans

Keo was selected by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft, the 144th overall pick. He quickly made his mark in Houston as a standout player on special teams, notching 14 tackles and 1 interception in limited playing time. In 2012 he was voted as a team captain alongside JJ Watt and Chris Myers.

Going into the 2013 season, Keo battled with Ed Reed for the starting safety position in the Texans' secondary. Keo started the first two games of the season, notching 7 tackles and 8 yards rushing after a successful fake punt against the San Diego Chargers in the season opener.[3] The Texans began increasing Keo's involvement in the defense in week 6 and by week 9, he was the starting safety.[4] After Reed was cut by the Texans on November 12, 2013, Keo was officially listed as the team's starting safety. After an injury sidelined Keo early in the 2014 season, Keo was released from his contract.

Cincinnati Bengals

Keo signed a future contract with the Cincinnati Bengals and joined the team on February 2, 2015. He was released by the Bengals on September 5, 2015.[5]

Denver Broncos

On December 9, 2015, Keo was signed by the Denver Broncos after tweeting former coach Wade Phillips, to "keep him in mind if another roster opening came around".[6] In the regular season's final game on January 3 against the San Diego Chargers, Keo intercepted a tipped ball off Phillip Rivers which ultimately led to the game-winning touchdown drive.

During the AFC Championship game on January 24, 2016, between the Broncos and the New England Patriots, Keo recovered the Patriots' onside kick attempt with 12 seconds left in the 4th quarter, preserving a 20-18 win and sending the Broncos to Super Bowl 50.[7]

Keo won Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos after they beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10.

Keo signed a one year contract with the Broncos on April 18, 2016. On September 17, 2016 the Broncos released Keo.[8] He was re-signed on September 20.[9] He was released on October 25, 2016.[10]

New Orleans Saints

On November 9, 2016 Keo was signed by the New Orleans Saints.[11]

Personal life

In 2015, Keo and his wife, Keanna, whom he had met at Idaho University, settled in Eagle, Idaho with their two sons, Kruz and Kingston.[12] The couple welcomed a third child in the spring of 2016.[13]

On February 13, 2016, Keo was pulled over by police in Ada County, Idaho for having a broken taillight. He was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). In a drunken rant, Keo was captured on police footage saying such things as "hey, Obama, I can't wait to meet you... tell you about this bullshit" and "this is exactly why we have riots throughout the country, because of this bullshit." Keo later plead guilty to misdemeanor DUI, had his driver's license suspended and was ordered to serve a year of probation and pay a $952.50 fine.[14][15]


  1. "Longshoreman & wife support their community, family – and son who played in the Super Bowl". International Longshore and Warehouse Union. March 29, 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  2. Ringer, Sandy (December 1, 2015). "Keo helps energize Archbishop Murphy". Seattle Times. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  5. Harvey, Coley (September 5, 2015). "Cincinnati Bengals cut 21 players, put Vontaze Burfict on PUP". Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  6. "Broncos sign Shiloh Keo after he tweeted Wade Phillips". Retrieved 2015-12-09.
  7. Rosenthal, Gregg. "Broncos ride defense to Super Bowl bid in win over Patriots". Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  8. Jhabvala, Nicki (April 21, 2016). "Broncos sign safeties Shiloh Keo, Brandian Ross to one-year contracts – The Denver. Post". Denver Post. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  9. Mason, Andrew. "Broncos to bring back Shiloh Keo; waive Kyle Peko".
  10. Swanson, Ben (October 25, 2016). "Broncos agree to terms with Patriots on trade for TE A.J. Derby, release Shiloh Keo".
  11. "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". November 9, 2016.
  12. Southorn, Dave (February 6, 2016). "Shiloh Keo and family settle in Eagle, set for Super Bowl". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  13. Stites, Adam (17 June 2016). "It's baby season in the NFL". SB Nation. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  14. Jhabvala, Nicki (July 1, 2016). "Shiloh Keo pleads guilty to misdemeanor DUI in Idaho". Denver Post. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  15. Ley, Tom (July 27, 2016). "Broncos Safety During DUI Arrest: "Hey, Obama, I Can't Wait To Meet You, Bruh. Tell You About This Bullshit."". Deadspin. Gawker Media. Retrieved 27 July 2016.

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