Shayne Miller Skov (born July 9, 1990) is an American football linebacker for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He has played for the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. He played college football at Stanford.
Skov was born in San Francisco, California to Peter Skov, a white American, and Terri Skov, an African American.
His mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and as a result the Skov family moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco for its mild climate and affordable healthcare. Shayne and his brother Patrick first began playing football in a team named Carneros de Guadalajara. He is a naturalized citizen of Mexico.
Skov attended the Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, New York. He helped Trinity-Pawling to Erickson Conference and New England Prep titles as a senior, and was named 2008 Erickson Conference Player of the Year. He recorded 61 tackles (42 solo) as a senior. He also lettered in basketball and track and field. He participated in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, where he recorded seven tackles including three for loss. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 3rd best inside linebacker prospect in the nation. He committed to Stanford over offers from Duke, Boston College and Northwestern.
As a freshman in 2009, he appeared in all 13 games, making seven starts at outside linebacker. He finished third in the team in tackles with 62, including three for loss. As a sophomore, he went on to being named a conference honorable mention after recording 84 tackles (50 solo), including 10.5 for a loss, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and five pass break ups. His season was highlighted by a 12 tackle, 3 sack performance against Virginia Tech in the 2011 Orange Bowl. In his junior season, he suffered a season-ending injury against Arizona in Week 3, but allowed him to be granted a medical redshirt. He finished the season with 19 tackles, including five for loss and one and a half sacks. In 2012, after missing the season opener against San Jose State for a DUI during the off-season, he started in 13 games, recording 81 tackles, including nine tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks and was named a conference honorable mention. In his final season, he went on to set a career high in tackles (109), tackles for loss (13), sacks (5.5) and forced fumbles (3). He was named a third team All-American by the Associated Press.
San Francisco 49ers
Skov signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent. He was released during final roster cuts, but re-signed to their practice squad on August 30, 2014.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After being released again in September, he was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad on September 24, 2014, and resigned with the team in October.
Second stint with the 49ers
On September 3, 2016, Skov was released by the 49ers as part of final roster cuts. The next day, he was signed to the 49ers' practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on September 21, 2016. He was placed on injured reserve on November 29, 2016 after suffering a knee injury in Week 12.
New Orleans Saints