A three-time All-American linebacker at Lehigh, John Shigo amassed over 400 tackles during his time on the gridiron at Taylor Stadium.
A four-year letterwinner for the Engineers, Shigo immediately had a positive impact on the Lehigh defense. In his freshman season, the team went on to win the 1980 Lambert Cup, awarded for supremacy in eastern football.
As his career went on, Shigo began to be recognized for his play on both a regional and national level. In addition to accruing several ECAC Player of the Week awards, Shigo was honored as a First Team All-ECAC selection as a sophomore, junior, and senior. He led the team in tackles in each of those seasons. After garnering Honorable Mention All-America accolades as a sophomore in 1981, Shigo captured Second Team recognition as a junior. In his senior season in 1983, Shigo was named a First Team Kodak All-American.
I am surprised and elated to be joining such a great fraternity, and to be joining such a great group of guys is all the better, Shigo explained. It is quite an honor to be associated with some of my friends that are in the Hall of Fame members such as Steve Kreider, Mike Rieker, Rennie Benn, Marty Horn, and Coach [John] Whitehead. I have to give big kudos to my teammates, or this award would have never been possible.
Shigo earned his bachelors in economics from Lehigh in 1984. After graduating from Lehigh, Shigo spent parts of two seasons with the Philadelphia and Baltimore franchises of the United States Football League.
Since graduation, Shigo has remained active in the Lehigh Athletics Partnership as well as within his community. He has served on the board for the McDonalds All-Star Football Classic since 1984. Shigo is active in youth sports in the Fleetwood, Pa., area, and is a member of the athletic council for the Fleetwood School District. He is also a football official for the PIAA (high school association) and at the collegiate level, working Atlantic-10, Patriot League, and Ivy League games.
Presently, Shigo is a general manager for Eagle Distributing Company. Shigo and his wife Maryann reside in Blandon. They have two children: daughter, Rachel (12) and son, Morgan (9).