CGB Hall of Fame: (8) Thomas DeCoud vs. (9) Bobby Shaw

Scott Cunningham

As we continue through the Joe Kapp region, two of the most reliable Cal football players of the last 20 years do battle. Check out the recently updated bracket here.

(8) Thomas DeCoud

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Thomas Decoud might not be the most impactful Cal player, but one such blogger made a great case for his reliability.
Solid. That's what you can say about Thomas DeCoud. He found receiver. He saw receiver made catch. He tackled said receiver. And the pattern repeated itself. Even when Cal slid, he didn't slide along with them. DeCoud hit double digits in tackles in four of Cal's losses, although some of that could be accounted for a defensive line collapse. Nevertheless, his effort was solid from beginning to end, in spite of the other shortcomings of Cal's defense (in 2007).

Rollonubears added this:

He was defensive captain (I'm like 90% sure this is true) his senior year, and was our defensive impact player in NCAA Football 08. Honorable mention All-Pac-10 his senior year. 6 games of double digit tackles....He was a very calming presence as a safety because you knew he was always there to make a play if a guy got past everyone else.

DeCoud has gone on from Cal to have an extremely successful NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons, where he has turned into one of the best and most reliable Free Safeties in the game today. And he hasn't lost his sense of humor either, as evidenced by his playing the "Meow Game" during an ESPN interview.

Thomas DeCoud - SportsCenter (LIVE) - "Meow" Game (via iGoLYTELY)

(9) Bobby Shaw



Unclesam22: Bobby Shaw left Cal as the school's all-time leader in receptions with 180 catches for 2,731 yards and 27 touchdowns, and was an offensive star during some lean Cal football years.

In 1996, Shaw turned in some big performances, with 12 catches for 168 yards in a game against UCLA and three touchdown scores in a 48-42 triple-overtime win over Oregon State. In that year's Aloha Bowl, Shaw scored twice on passes from Pat Barnes in Cal's 42-38 loss to the Navy. Shaw was named first-team All-Pac 10 for his performance that year.

In 1997, Shaw became captain and set single-season records with 74 receptions for 1,093 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cal only won 3 games but Shaw led them to one victory with 158 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 40-36 win over Oklahoma. He was again voted to the All-Pac 10 first team, and became the third Cal wide receiver to win first-team All-America honors from Sporting News.

Shaw was drafted in the 6th round by Seattle in 1998. He signed later that year with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and played five productive years with the Steelers, Jaguars and Bills.

CruzinBears: Personal Note: Bobby Shaw was an outstanding receiver for Cal during the dark dank cold era they call the late 90's, fan favorite (or at least for me as a kid) and the first Cal Bear I know to have a rap song about him... Later followed by Leon Powe (Mistah FAB) and of course Marshawn Lynch (Cataracts)...

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