Fans of college football probably have never heard of Shawn Izadi. Even many Texas Longhorns fans probably are unfamiliar with him. That’s because he has been a member of the football program’s scout team and didn’t register any stats in 2013. But Izadi has done something that seems like a rare — and nearly impossible — accomplishment: he was a member of the football team and marching band at the same time.
Izadi played safety during his freshman and sophomore seasons at Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas. He quit football, though, after making drum major of the high school band as a junior. But after transferring to the University of Texas for his sophomore year of college, Izadi decided to resume his football career.
In an article published by The Daily Texan in 2012, Izadi said he tried out for the Texas marching band before trying out for football. But after watching the football team practice while he played in the band, Izadi decided that he had to try out for the football team.
Izadi first tried out for the football team in his second semester on campus. He didn’t make it then and admitted he was terribly out of shape for the workouts. He tried out a second time after training all summer and still didn’t make it, but he did make the scout team after his third tryout.
“I wasn’t going to quit until my eligibility was up,” Izadi told Longhorn Network.
Izadi has his own page on Texas’ football website and is listed on the team’s full roster as a 6-foot, 215-pound senior linebacker. He says he dressed with the football team for home games, but participated with the band for in conference road games.
He was also the subject of a feature on Longhorn Network where Mack Brown offered commentary: