Donnie Shell


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Donnie Shell, former NFL football player of the Pittsburgh Steelers, won four Super Bowls and retired as the National Football Leagues strong safety career leader in interceptions with 51. He was selected to the Steelers All-Time Team, the College Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Silver Anniversary Super Bowl Team.

Shell was called to the ministry when he was still playing ball, and upon his retirement, he went on to become a spiritual mentor to young adults. He was both on the receiving and giving end with other players by leading Bible study sessions and helping younger players balance their new-found fame and personal lives. He also worked as the director of player development with the Carolina Panthers, where he continued his role as a mentor.

He is now the new Spiritual Life Center director at Johnson C. Smith University, where he will play a critical role in the life of the campus, serving to facilitate spiritual and religious dialogue. Shell will develop and implement programming to enrich the religious, spiritual and intellectual life of students and represents the college in its relations with the surrounding religious community.

He is married to Paulette Richardson Shell and they have three children, April, Dawn and Donnie.

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