Stanford’s David Shaw believes the influence his players and sport have on the world goes well beyond the field. The Cardinal head coach said when you’re are talking about some of the smartest, most self-motivated individuals, coupled with the lessons they learn about being teammates and fighting through adversity, those athletes can make a profound difference well after their football careers.
“These intelligent guys who’ve fought through hardships, but are also brilliant and well-connected,” Shaw said to Jim Rome on his radio program. “They have a chance to do some unbelievable things when they go out into the world.”
Shaw is a big believer in finding success the right way and says most in college football do it that way, but also acknowledges those who don’t.
“Most of us football coaches that do the right thing,” Shaw said. “We know who doesn’t and we know how they do it, it’s just not up to us to go out and try to get other guys in trouble.”
With the success he’s had at Stanford and his NFL background, it’s only natural that Shaw would receive interest from pro teams.
“I had a 9-year run in the NFL it was phenomenal,” said Shaw, who was an offensive assistant for 3 different teams. “One of the best things about the NFL is that you’re coaching the best in the world.”
But the Cardinal Coach has no intentions of leaving his current gig.
“I absolutely love it here,” said Shaw. “My family loves it here. My wife is an East Coast woman who’s been transplanted here to Palo Alto, California and never wants to leave. So I plan on being here for a very long time.”