Fans of Ashland University football know that Adam Shaheen has a nose for the end zone.
That fact nearly paid off in a National Football League preseason touchdown on Sunday (Aug. 27) afternoon for Shaheen, the former Eagle All-American tight end, in the Chicago Bears' preseason game at the Tennessee Titans. Shaheen landed on the loose ball in the end zone following a second-quarter blocked punt, but the play was ruled out-of-bounds and a safety.
Also on Sunday, Shaheen caught a pass for six yards. In three preseason games so far in 2017, Shaheen has caught three passes for 18 yards.
Shaheen is taking part in his first NFL training camp after being drafted in the second round (No. 45 overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Bears. He is coming off a record-setting junior season at Ashland in 2016, one in which he caught a school-record and NCAA Division II single-season tight end-record 16 touchdown passes.
Shaheen garnered many prestigious honors following and during the 2016 campaign - 2016-17 GLIAC Student-Athlete of the Year, 2016-17 AU Male Student-Athlete of the Year, fall 2016 GLIAC Commissioner's Award, first-team AFCA, Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) and D2Football.com first-team All-American; D2CCA and Don Hansen first-team All-Super Region 4, CoSIDA first-team Academic All-America, CoSIDA first-team Academic All-District, All-GLIAC first-team and a Harlon Hill Trophy (D-II Player of the Year) nomination.
On Oct. 10, 2016, Shaheen was the first tight end in GLIAC history to win the conference's Offensive Player of the Week award.
Shaheen grabbed a school tight end-record 70 passes as a sophomore in 2015. After starting just two seasons for the Eagles, Shaheen is No. 5 all-time in program history with 129 career catches, No. 10 in career receiving yards with 1,755 and was two receiving touchdowns away from tying the school's all-time record in that category.
UP NEXT: Shaheen and the Bears will finish the preseason on Thursday (Aug. 31) at 8 p.m. at home vs. the Cleveland Browns and another former Eagle, defensive tackle Jamie Meder.