Rashad is 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, and he played his college football for Central Florida. As a member of the Knights, he earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors as a sophomore in 2006, second team All-C-USA honors as a junior, and first team All-C-USA honors as a senior. He finished his senior season with 72 total tackles, five interceptions, 10 pass break-ups, and two tackles for loss. His 14 career interceptions ranks fifth in Conference USA history and second in UCF history.
Not only is Rashad athletic, he's smart, too. Among his many academic recognitions while at UCF, he was a semi-finalist for the 2008 Draddy Trophy, which is commonly referred to as the "Academic Heisman." As one might expect from a Sha'reff, Rashad earned his bachelors degree in criminal justice from UCF, sporting a 3.428 grade point average. He was then one of 12 athletes--and the only football player--to earn a Conference USA postgraduate scholarship to pursue a master's degree in criminal justice.
While in college, Rashad also led the football team's Bible study group. By all accounts, he is a humble, intelligent, athletic, and all around good person.
Rashad, whose first name is actually pronounced sha-REEF, signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He spent most of the season on the team's practice squad before being activated for the Giants' final two regular season games.
In 2010, he was signed to the Redskins' practice squad and again earned playing time in the team's final two regular season games.
Rashad will be making his Arena Football League debut with the Blaze in 2012.
"Sha'reff was a player I saw at the Giants training camp a few years ago," said Blaze president and head coach Ron James through a press release. "He is a physical defensive back with exceptional cover skills. We are excited about seeing how his talent translates to the arena game."
The Blaze (5-2) host their West Division rival Spokane Shock (3-3) on Friday, May 4.
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