Born: August 25, 1988 – Charleston, South Carolina
2019: Years as a Lion: 2nd Years in CFL: 9th Status: International
Career Games: 93 Playoffs: 5 Grey Cup: 3 (2014 w/CGY, 2015 w/OTT, 2017 w/TOR)
Shawn was acquired via trade by the Lions on July 24, 2018.
2018: The Lions defensive identity really took shape after acquiring Shawn from the Toronto Argonauts. The veteran pass rusher was the perfect compliment to Odell Willis, as the two formed the dynamic 911 duo. Shawn recorded 16 defensive tackles, one special teams tackle and 10 sacks through 13 games in Black and Orange. Shawn got to the quarterback six times during a four-game stretch between week 10 and 14.
2017: Played in 12 games, starting all 12 at defensive end in his first full season in Toronto…Tallied 18 defensive tackles, eight sacks, 18 quarterback pressures, one forced fumble, and one pass knockdown. Playoffs: Started at defensive end in the East Final vs. SSK, posting five defensive tackles, one tackle for a loss, three sacks and a quarterback pressure. 105thGrey Cup: Started the 105thGrey Cup vs. CGY, tallying one quarterback pressure.
2016: Signed as a free agent by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on January…Traded to the Toronto Argonauts along with a conditional 2018 CFL Draft pick in exchange for national OL Matt Sewell and international QB Mitchell Gale on July 2…played 17 games, one of which was in Saskatchewan…ranked second in the CFL with 14 sacks and five forced fumbles while registering 22 defensive tackle en route to being named the Argonauts Most Outstanding Defensive Player and an East Division All-Star.
2015: Released by the Stampeders on January 19…Signed to a future/reserves contract by the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers on January 20…Released by the Steelers on August 3…Signed as a free agent by the San Francisco 49ers on August 8…Released by the 49ers on August 31…Signed as a free agent by the Ottawa Redblacks on September 8…Played in nine games for the Redblacks, accumulating 13 defensive tackles, six quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles, and two tackles for a loss…Playoffs: Dressed in the East Final vs. Hamilton but did not record any stats…103rdGrey Cup: Recorded four defensive tackles and one sack vs. Edmonton.
2014: Played in 18 games for the Calgary Stampeders…Registered 26 defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, 13 quarterback sacks, eight forced fumbles and one interception…Playoffs: Recorded three defensive tackles against Edmonton in the West Final…102ndGrey Cup: Registered two defensive tackles and one sack against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a 102ndGrey Cup victory.
2013: Released by the Edmonton Eskimos on May 22…Signed as a free agent by the Calgary Stampeders on June 2…Played in six games for the Stampeders, registering 17 defensive tackles and three quarterback sacks…Playoffs: Recorded six defensive tackles in a Western Division Final loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
2012: Released by the AFL’s Cleveland Gladiators on March 3…Assigned to the AFL’s San Jose Sabercats on March 11…Played four games for the Sabercats…Traded to the AFL’s Orlando Predators for claim order position on April 18…Played in two games for the Predators…Placed on recallable assignment by the Predators on May 8…Signed as a free agent by the IFL’s Sioux Falls Storm on May 10…Released by the Storm on June 14…Signed as a free agent by the Edmonton Eskimos on June 14…Added to the Eskimos practice roster on June 29…Activated by the Eskimos on July 25…Played in 12 games for Edmonton…Accumulated 15 defensive tackles, six quarterback sacks, and a forced fumble.
2011: Signed as a free agent by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and added to the practice roster on July 18…Released by the Bombers on July 21…Added to the Saskatchewan Roughriders practice roster on August 10…Signed to the Riders active roster on September 10…Played in one game for the Roughriders, but did not record any stats…Re-signed to the practice roster on September 16…Released by the Riders on September 21…Assigned to the AFL’s Cleveland Gladiators on October 28.
All-Star Selections: Div. – 1 (’16)
Awards/Honours: Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Toronto (2016), Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Calgary (2014)
First CFL Game: September 11, 2011, at WPG
First CFL Sack: July 26, 2012, at WPG (Alex Brink)
First CFL Forced Fumble: August 27, 2012, at TOR
Most Defensive Tackles/Game: 8 (Jul. 5/13 at SSK)
Most Sacks/Game: 2 (multiple times, Most Recent – June 30/17 vs. BC)
Most Defensive Tackles/Season: 26 (2014)
Most Sacks/Season: 14 (2016)
Longest Sack Streak: 5 games (twice)
Played 41 games in four seasons at the University of Akron (2007-2010)…recorded 102 defensive tackles, 23 tackles for loss, and 11 quarterback sacks and six forced fumbles for the Zippers…Received recognition as an All-Mid-American Conference selection in his senior year after posting seven sacks and four forced fumbles.
Born to Edward and Floretha Lemon on August 25, 1988 in Charleston, North Carolina. Attended Westlake High School in Waldorf, Maryland, where he broke the single-season Southern Maryland Athletic Conference record with 21 sacks in 2005. Was named to the Maryland Big School All-State second-team and received first-team all-metro honours after posting 97 tackles as a senior. Also ran track and played basketball at Westlake, where he was an honour roll student. Played alongside older brother, Marcus, at Akron in 2008.