Shawn Springs is the co-founder and CEO of Windpact Inc, a Northern Virginia based company developing safety technology to be used in sports, military and recreation equipment. Additionally, Shawn works as local commentator/anchor for Comcast SportsNet, discussing all things relating to the Washington Redskins. He also appears on ESPN and NFL Network.
His inspiration for founding Windpact came from a car seat made by Dorel Juvenile. Shawn was using the car seat to transport his children when he was struck with the idea that perhaps the same technology being utilized to protect his kids’ heads in an auto accident could be transferred into helmets to protect athletes, soldiers, etc. After 13 years as a football player in the NFL, Shawn sustained or witnessed enough concussions to realize that if he had found a way to protect future players from injury, then it was his obligation to work to develop this technology.
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. While attending OSU, Shawn served as the President of the Majority of One Program, a program offering support, scholarships and mentoring to minority students.
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. While playing for the Seahawks, Shawn continued his education and attended the University Washington, where he was inducted into the Society of National Collegiate Scholars.
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.
In Seattle, Shawn was the President and Founder of the Springs For Life Foundation, a non-profit which supported at-risk youth. The Foundation teamed up with Junior Achievement, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater King County, Childhaven and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In addition, he was a Literacy Champion for Verizon and their national Verizon Reads Campaign. For his community work, the Seahawks chose him to represent them as an NFL Walter Payton “Man of the Year.”
During his time with the Washington Redskins, he became an active board member for Junior Achievement, Second Genesis and JDRF. The Redskins selected him as an NFL Walter Payton “Man of the Year.” In 2009, he was selected by Washingtonian Magazine as a “Washingtonian of the Year” based on his commitment to community service. He is also a board member for the Global Fibrosis Foundation, seeking to find a cure for those afflicted with Nephogenic Systemic Fibrosis.
Shawn’s father, Ron Springs, was an All American and team captain at OSU. Ron played 9 NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 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.