Former Texas Longhorns wide receiver Jordan Shipley was in Waco on Saturday to accept his induction into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.
Prior to the injuries that slowed Shipley down at Texas and extended his career in Austin, he was one of the most productive and dynamic wide receivers in Texas history, playing at Rotan and Burnet. As a senior, he earned Parade All-American honors and totaled 264 catches for 5,424 yards and 73 touchdowns for his career. All three set state records at the time and his catches and touchdowns ranked No. 2 all-time nationally when he finished his prep career.
In addition to starring at wide receiver, he was also a productive kick returner and defensive back, recording eight interceptions, 73 tackles, and 17 PBUs as a senior. In sum, Shipley had 23 interceptions and 18 kick return touchdowns at Rotan and Burnet.
A two-time All-American who played at Texas from 2006 to 2009, Shipley was a threat to score whenever he touched the ball. He's the Longhorns' all-time leader in receptions (248) and ranks second in receiving yards (3,191) and touchdowns (33). Shipley was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (nation's top wide receiver) and a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award (nation's top player) in 2009 after serving as one of Colt McCoy's favorite targets for four seasons.
Shipley's big-play ability translated to special teams, too, as he holds the school record for most career touchdowns on punt (3) and kickoff (1) returns with four. The lone kickoff return for a touchdown came at a crucial moment in 2008 against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, cutting into a 14-0 deficit and swinging momentum in favor of Texas.
The Cinncinati Bengals drafted Shipley in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft and he played four seasons in the NFL with Cincinnati, Tampa Bay, and Jacksonville before retiring last January. Since then, he's been hosting a pair of hunting shows on the Outdoor Channel.