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Donnie Shell


Donnie Shell

Inducted 1998

Date of Birth



Whitmire, SC


South Carolina State University (1970-1973)


Donnie Shell had a banner year for South Carolina State in 1973. He played safety, had 77 tackles, and intercepted eight passes. The Bulldogs started the season 0-2-1, then reeled off seven straight victories. Shell, co-captain, was credited with leading the resurgence. He was known as a motivator. The American Football Coaches Association in 1973 named Shell to its All-America team. In 1997, Shell was named to the Quarter Century Division II All-America team and to the Black College 100-year team. Shell was listed as 5-11 in height, 198 pounds and was a linebacker his first three years at South Carolina State. He grew up in Whitmire, South Carolina. Shell graduated from college in 1974 and added a master's degree in 1977. He played 14 years at safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers 1974-86, was a member of four Super Bowl championship teams, and made the Pro Bowl five times. After his playing days he joined the Sheridan Broadcasting Network. After that he took a job as director of player and community relations for the Carolina Panthers of the NFL. He took up an active relationship with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Big Brothers & Big Sisters.


Height 5'11

Weight 198

Career Highlights

  • 1973 All-Conference
  • 1973 First Team All-America (Div. II, HBCU)
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