A two-time All-SEC selection, Robert Shaw spent three years as the starting center for the Vols. As a senior, he served as a team captain and earned the Mickey O'Brien Award before going on to become the first-round selection (27th overall) of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1979 NFL Draft. Shaw would start the final eight games of the 1980 season for the Cowboys before suffering a career-ending knee injury the following year. Following his pro career, he would return to UT to complete his coursework and earn a degree in architectural design and management.
Why I Wore the Number
"Coach Fulmer gave me the number 56 after my redshirt year. It was a big deal to me because my first year I didn't have a real number and as a walk-on you never get your own number. At first I really didn't like 56 and wanted to change it but as I played, it grew on me. I saw that guys like Al Wilson wore 56 in the pros and that was special to me because I grew up watching him. Receiving a number instead of picking one really taught me a lesson because I felt that I got to earn the number after not having a number for a year. It showed me it's not as important about what number you get but rather about what you do once you get that number. Just to wear the orange and white was an honor and I was grateful to have my own number."