Shawn Springs is the founder and CEO of Windpact Inc, a Northern Virginia based company developing safety technology to be used in sports, military and recreation equipment. Shawn, an entrepreneur, visionary and investor, has run a successful trucking company and a small transportation brokerage service, and is an angel investor. Additionally, Shawn works as local commentator/anchor for NBC/Comcast SportsNet, discussing all things relating to the Washington Redskins. He also appears on ESPN and NFL Network.
Shawn is a graduate of The Ohio State University and completed a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. At OSU, as a member of the football team, he was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten Athlete and was named the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year in 1996 despite having no interceptions.
In 1997, Shawn entered the National Football League and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the third pick overall. He remains the highest cornerback ever drafted in the NFL and spent 7 years in Seattle playing under Mike Holmgren and Dennis Erickson. He was selected to the ProBowl in 1998.
He was signed as a free agent in 2004 by legendary coach Joe Gibbs and the Washington Redskins. While playing for the Redskins, he became the only player in NFL history to lead his team statistically with sacks and interceptions in the same year (2005.) He finished his career in 2010 by spending a year playing for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
During his time in the NFL, Shawn was the President and Founder of the Springs For Life Foundation, a non-profit which support at-risk youth. For his continuous dedication to community work, both the Seahawks and Redskins chose him to represent them as an NFL Walter Payton “Man of the Year.” In 2009, he was selected as a “Washingtonian of the Year” by Washingtonian Magazine. Shawn recently gave a TEDx Columbus talk entitled “Tackling Helmet Protection Head On.”
Born in Williamsburg, VA, Shawn went to high school in Maryland at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, MD. He currently resides in Northern Virginia.
Visit the Windpact website at: www.windpact.com.