SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Shrewsbury High School grad Shawn Loiseau has been signed by the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.
Loiseau, 23, had been signed as a linebacker by the Houston Texans, but he was cut Aug. 31. He had been a free agent since then.
According to a report published by CBS's Houston affiliate at the time of Loiseau's sighing with the Texans, the 6-foot, 239-pound linebacker had his share of bumps and bruises growing up.
When he was 17, he was reportedly assaulted by several attackers and struck in the head with a crowbar. He fought back hard enough to put one of them in a coma, and was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon (the weapon in question being the ground).
He was kicked out of school, pleading guilty – and sentenced to two years probation – in order to return as a senior.
Loiseau was a two-time Central Massachusetts All-Star and Massachusetts Defensive Player of the Year at Shrewsbury High School. He set the team record with 136 tackles in 2007.
He played for Merrimack College, where he set a single-season school record with 123 tackles as a sophomore, which was tops in the Northeast-10. The linebacker finished his career with 382 tackles, also a school record. Loiseau was Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year, a First-Team All-Conference performer and was the first Merrimack player to sign an NFL contract.
Loiseau is assigned to the Colts' eight-man practice squad, wearing No. 59.
The Colts play the New England Patriots Sunday in Foxboro.