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Lin-J Shell

Lin-J Shell

#1 DB
Height: 6.00Born: Orlando, FL
Weight: 201College: Jacksonville
Birthdate: 1981-10-22Years: 2 CGY / 7 CFL
Status: International

Pro path

Calgary signed Shell as a free agent on May 21, 2014. He signed with the Toronto Argonauts on Feb. 11, 2009, and spent three seasons with the cub. He was released by Toronto on Jan. 26, 2012, and signed with the BC Lions on Feb. 14, 2012. Shell turned pro with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League in 2004 before signing with the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles in 2005 and being assigned to Cologne in NFL Europe. He returned to Orlando in 2006 and 2007 and played with the New Orleans VooDoo in 2008.


Shell played 18 games (four starts) and recorded 24 tackles, two sacks, a tackle for a loss of a yard, 10 special-teams tackles, two knockdowns and a forced fumble. He recored eight defensive tackles against Toronto on July 12. Shell also played in the Western Final and Grey Cup where he registered on special-teams tackle.


Shell dressed in all 18 regular-season games for the Lions as well as the West Division semifinal. He saw regular duty on two units, recording 27 tackles, three sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery and was tied for sixth in the CFL with 18 special-teams tackles. Shell recorded a season-high six tackles in a Nov. 1 game against Calgary and had five tackles against Montreal on Aug. 22. His interception occurred on Oct. 19 against Saskatchewan. Shell had three tackles and one special-teams tackle in the West semifinal.


In his first season with the Lions, Shell led the club with 17 special-teams tackles. He was also saw frequent duty on the defensive unit and recorded 31 tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. Shell notched a season-best six tackles against Montreal on Aug. 31. He had four multiple-tackle games on special teams. Shell suited up for all 18 regular-season contests as well as the West Division final.


Shell earned East Division all-star honours as a member of the Argonauts after establishing a career high with 94 tackles and leading the CFL with five fumble recoveries. He added one sack and two interceptions. Shell had a pair of 10-tackles games — against Winnipeg on Sept. 24 and against Montreal on Oct. 10 — and recorded at least five tackles in 12 of the 18 games. He added eight special-teams tackles for the season.


Shell dressed for all 18 regular-season games as well as two playoff contests for Toronto. During the regular season, he made 63 defensive tackles and two special-teams tackles while intercepting four passes and recovering one fumble. Shell was recognized for his strong campaign by being selected to the East Division all-star team. He recorded a career-high 11 tackles in a July 29 contest against Montreal and had nine tackles and one interception on July 1 against Calgary. Shell made a total of 13 tackles in the Argos’ two playoff games.


In his rookie CFL season, Shell played in 17 games for the Argos and had 65 defensive tackles and 10 special-teams stops. He also had three sacks, two fumble recoveries and one interception. Shell’s first career interception came in his CFL debut on July 1 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He had a two-sack game against Calgary on July 17.

Career highlights

  • Made his CFL debut on July 1, 2009, against Hamilton and recorded an interception
  • East Division all-star in 2010 and 2011
  • Has played in 91 of a possible 92 regular-season games since joining the CFL in 2009
  • Recorded a career-best 94 tackles in 2011
  • Had 11 tackles against Montreal on July 29, 2010
  • Recorded a pair of sacks against the Calgary Stampeders on July 17, 2009


Shell played four seasons at Jacksonville University (1999-2002) and was a two-time All-Pioneer Football League all-star. He was a cornerback and a kick returner during his time with the Dolphins. During his time at Jacksonville, he set single-season records for pass break-ups and interceptions and a career record with an average of 13.1 yards on punt returns. In four seasons, he amassed 122 tackles and seven interceptions.


Shell was a communications and sociology major in college and has worked as a substitute teacher during the off-season. Shell recorded 277 career tackles and 12 interceptions in four Arena Football League seasons before coming to the CFL.




  Tackles Interceptions Fumble Recoveries
Team TKL STT Sacks Ints YDS LG TD Fumb YDS LG TD
SHELL, L 2009 TOR 65 10 3 1 0 0 0 2 22 22 0
SHELL, L 2010 TOR 63 2 0 4 0 22 0 0 0 0 0
SHELL, L 2011 TOR 94 8 1 2 0 20 0 5 0 0 0
SHELL, L 2012 BC 31 15 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
SHELL, L 2013 BC 27 18 3 1 8 8 0 1 0 0 0
SHELL, L 2014 CGY 24 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total 304 63 10 8 8 22 0 9 22 22 0
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