Born: April 12, 1987 – Toronto, ON
2017: Years as a Lion: 8th Years in CFL: 8th Status: National
Career Games: 113 Playoffs: 7 Grey Cup: 1 (2011)
Shawn was selected by the Lions in the second round (10th overall) of the 2010 CFL Draft following an outstanding collegiate career at Bishop’s. He signed with the Lions on September 5, 2010 after attending training camp with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers.
2016: Only a late season injury prevented Shawn from having his best season to date as he tallied 59 catches for 835 yards and three touchdowns while also surpassing 100 games for his career. Shawn’s best outing came in a July 1 victory in Hamilton when he recorded six catches for 116 yards, including a 60-yard strike which is the longest of his career and a go-ahead touchdown grab in the 4th quarter. He also torched the Saskatchewan secondary for 109 yards on six receptions and a 59-yard major on July 16. He missed the Western Semi-Final but hauled in a 30-yard pass from Jonathon Jennings in the Western Final.
2015: Shawn started all 18 regular season games for the Lions, the fourth time in the past five years he’s done so. His 40 receptions we’re fourth among Lions receivers and his 438 yards ranked him fifth on the club. His best outing on the year came versus Saskatchewan in Week 2 when he notched five catches for 63 yards.
2014: Appearing in all 18 regular season games for the third time in his career, Shawn hauled in 39 passes for 528 yards and a touchdown. The totals on the year placed him fourth among receivers with his top performance coming against Hamilton on Aug 8/14 as he recorded 117 yards and a TD on five catches. Shawn also had 11 carries for 71 yards on the ground in 2014 with a touchdown coming against Ottawa.
2013: Shawn finished fourth among Lions receivers in 2013 recording 552 yards and eight touchdowns on 47 receptions. After hauling in just 17 passes in the first nine games of the year, Shawn recorded 30 catches in the second half of the year and while his eight majors through the air were a career-high, he also notched two more on the ground last season. Dependable and dangerous with the ball, Shawn recorded 193 YAC yards along with 14 clutch catches for first downs on second-down plays. His season-high 81 yards on four catches came against Calgary on Oct 11/13.
2012: Shawn enjoyed another solid season in 2012, leading the club with 722 receiving yards and ranking second in receptions with 62 with five touchdowns. He recorded a season-high 96 yards on September 15/12 vs Toronto which also included a 48-yard gain, his longest of the season. Shawn had 24 receptions that resulted in a first down which ranked him in fifth in the CFL with 255 of his receiving yards coming after the catch. Consistent and dependable, Shawn had 11 games with at least three receptions and ranked fourth among Canadian receivers league-wide.
2011: Shawn stepped into a starting role in 2011 and enjoyed a big season with 60 receptions for 836 yards and a TD. He finished second on the club in receiving and recorded a career-high 96 yards on seven catches on July 8/11 vs Calgary. Shawn caught passes in 17 of 18 games and had at least 50 receiving yards in nine contests. A key possession receiver, he registered 23 receptions to create first downs and had 293 yards after catch. He recorded his first career CFL touchdown in the season’s final game vs Montreal on Nov. 5/11.
2010-2016: Shawn joined the Lions midway through the 2010 regular season after being selected in the second round of the CFL Draft and a tryout with the Green Bay Packers. After seven seasons he has now appeared in 113 regular games recording 307 receptions for 3,911 yards and 20 majors. In 2013, his 10 combined touchdowns made him only the 29th BC Lions player in club history to reach double-digits in a single season. In 2012, he became the first player other than Geroy Simon to lead the club in receiving yards since 2002.
2006-2009: Shawn appeared in 29 regular season games for the Gaiters recording 72 receptions for 1,172 career yards. The speedy wideout was the school’s Male Athlete of the Year after leading the Gaiters in the 2009 regular season with 32 catches for 496 yards and five touchdowns. He also ranked third on the team with seven special teams tackles and posted a career-high 114 yards on seven catches in the Gaiters’ playoff loss at Montreal that year.
Shawn lives in the Vancouver area year-round with his wife, Jonie and their two daughters. An active member of a number of Lions’ community programs, Gore majored in Sociology with a double minor in Criminology and Sports/Health Studies at Bishop’s. His most memorable football memory prior to 2011’s Grey Cup win is scoring two touchdowns and defeating Concordia University on the last offensive play of a must-win game to get into the 2009 CIS playoffs.