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Lin-J Shell

Lin-J Shell
Lin-J Shell



The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.

Height: 6.00Born: Orlando, FL
Weight: 202College: Jacksonville
Birthdate: 1981-10-22Years: 3 BC / 6 CFL
Status: Import 

Shell signed as a free agent with the Lions on February 14, 2012.

2013:  In his second season as a Lion, Lin-J continued to excel in a dual role in many defensive situations along with special teams. A key part of the cover units, he finished second on the club and ninth in the CFL with 18 special teams tackles.

He matched his career-high with three sacks last season and notched his first interception for the Lions on Oct. 19 vs Saskatchewan. Lin-J had at least three tackles seven times in 2013 a new career-high and also set a personal best with three special team tackles on Nov. 1 vs Calgary.

In his first season as a Lion, Lin-J led the club in special team tackles with 17 and recorded 48 in total as a regular part of the defensive rotation. His best game came on August 31 vs Montreal when he notched eight total tackles including a season-best six on defence. Lin-J added one sack which came against his former club, Toronto on September 15.

His 17 special teams stops ranked eighth overall in the league and were also a career-high. Lin-J had at least one tackle in 15 of 18 games and added two more in the 2012 Western Final.  

2011:  In his third year in Toronto, Shell reached new levels with a career-high of 94 defensive tackles to go with eight more on special teams. His 102 total tackles were second in the CFL behind only Jerrell Freeman’s 108. Shell led the CFL with five fumble recoveries, two more than any other player.

He had nine games with six or more tackles and posted a career-high 10 on two occasions. He was responsible for seven turnovers with two interceptions and five fumble returns and was named to the East Division All-Star Team for the second straight season.

Games Played: Career: 89  Playoff: 4  Grey Cup: 0

2009-2013:  Lin-J entered the CFL as a free agent, signing with Toronto on February 11, 2009. Earning a starting role right away for the Argos, he played a total of 53 regular season games plus two more in the 2010 playoffs. No player in the CFL had more tackles across 2009 to 2011 than Shell, who racked up 222 in that span.

He was released by Toronto on January 26, 2012 and signed by the Lions on February 14, 2012. He has now played two seasons for BC both as a defensive back and effective special teams ace where he led the club in tackles in 2012 and was second in 2013. He has two divisional all-star berths in his five CFL seasons (2010 and 2011), eight career interceptions and 17 takeaways to go with a pair of forced fumbles.

East Division All-Star: 2011, 2010

1999-2003:  Shell played four seasons at Jacksonville, recording 122 career tackles and seven interceptions.

Lin-J lives in Jacksonville, Florida during the off-season with his wife, Monique, and their two dogs.  A Communications and Sociology major in college, he works as a substitute teacher during the off-season and enjoys customizing classic cars.

While attending high school in Orlando, Lin-J was also a four-year letterman and MVP in track. A big fan of comic books growing up, he lists The Purpose of a Driven Life as his favourite book and the Family Guy as his top TV show. Lin-J has been playing football since the age of 11 and lists his family his biggest fans.

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  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
Career Total 280 53 8 8 8 22 0 9 22 22 0
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