D.J. Shockley signs with UFL’s Nighthawks

Quarterback DJ Shockley, a former Georgia standout, was a seventh-round draft choice by the Falcons in 2006. He served as the team's third quarterback in 2006 and 2008. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Quarterback DJ Shockley, a former Georgia standout, was a seventh-round draft choice by the Falcons in 2006. He will have to beat out 40-year-old Jeff Garcia in the UFL. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Quarterback D.J. Shockley, who was waived by the Falcons on July 9, has signed with the Omaha Nighthawks, the newest team in the United Football League, the league announced.

Shockley attended the team’s minicamp in July.

Shockley, the former Georgia and North Clayton High standout, was a seventh-round pick of the Falcons in 2006. He never played a regular-season game for the team.

“When you play quarterback, it’s hard to get into somebody’s [NFL] camp, especially this late,” Shockley said a few weeks after his release. “Then you’ve got to learn the system. … Hopefully, this is a little better situation where I get a chance to compete and all of that kind of stuff. Right now, it seems like the best option.”

The Nighthawks are coached by former Falcons assistant Jeff Jagodzinski, who also coached Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan at Boston College.

Shockley was the emergency quarterback for all 16 games in 2006 and 2008. He sat out the 2007 season after suffering a preseason knee injury, missing an opportunity to play when Michael Vick was convicted of dog-fighting and the team used three different starting quarterbacks.

Shockley will compete for playing time against former Pro Bowler Jeff Garcia, who’s now 40. Also, former Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli is on the roster.

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rekingball

August 23rd, 2010
9:38 am

I hope he does good.

Topp Dogg

August 23rd, 2010
9:45 am

Soon Dwyer will join DJ in the Nighthawks backfield ,hide and watch.

Walk like Bobby Cox

August 23rd, 2010
9:45 am

Omaha is cold in the winter.

82Dawg

August 23rd, 2010
10:06 am

Good luck D.J.

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Ben Ben Right

August 23rd, 2010
10:09 am

Time to see what he can do with the Nighthawks’s first team unit.

BIRDDAWG

August 23rd, 2010
10:12 am

Good luck DJ, maybe you can come back next year with more experience and help the Falcons or some other NFL team. I hope you have put some money away.

Stay focused and make us proud!

Kit

August 23rd, 2010
10:23 am

A lot of former UGA players are playing on that Omaha team DE Nic Clemons and OT George Foster.

Rogeriter

August 23rd, 2010
10:25 am

Good luck to a damn good dog!

Marzha

August 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

Another former dawgturd who can’t make the grade in the NFL.

Hey, you have to be able to read to understand a playbook! :-) :-) :-)

tony

August 23rd, 2010
10:31 am

Keep your head up DJ and believe in yourself.

Clay

August 23rd, 2010
10:31 am

Aw, to hell with the Falcons, BIRDDAWG, they never gave DJ a real chance to play after he came back from the knee injury. Maybe another team will give him a legitimate chance, and he will bite the Falcons in the butt some day. Stronger arm and still faster than 90% of QBs in the league. John Parker Wilson – jeez, he can probably throw the ball 35 yards . . .

Narnia

August 23rd, 2010
10:32 am

Maybe he didn’t earn enough street creds at UGAy to impress the other thugs in the NFL.

Clay

August 23rd, 2010
10:32 am

Yeah, those Tech geniuses like Reggie Ball just dominate in the NFL!!!

Mike Jay

August 23rd, 2010
10:37 am

Clay,
Strong Arm and faster does not automotacially = good QB. Falcons gave him plenty of chances but he just couldn’t cut it. No shame in that.

wow Jeff Garcia? Figured he was playing backup for somebody in the NFL.

birdbrain

August 23rd, 2010
10:38 am

Who cares about DJ except Doggie fans???? Another wasted effort by Orlando.

what a joke

August 23rd, 2010
10:38 am

Clay—-He stayed with the falcons a lot longer than he should have.

Sho-Dawg of Harlem

August 23rd, 2010
10:39 am

It’s a shame he never got a chance to showcase his tallents on the NFL field. Much love DJ!!!
Go DAWGS!!!!!

Clay

August 23rd, 2010
10:44 am

Fitting name, “what a joke”.

McDawg

August 23rd, 2010
11:00 am

best move for Shockley-he just needs to get on the field

Valerie

August 23rd, 2010
11:02 am

I wish you the BEST !

david

August 23rd, 2010
11:04 am

Thats right Clay….Reggie stayed on a NFL roster about as long as David Green. Big difference…even Reggie got some education

Native Georgian

August 23rd, 2010
11:10 am

Shockley’s career can be summed up by the timing of that knee injury! It was his job to lose after we were clamoring for a new hero in the dogfight aftermath.

Instead, he never sees the field and winds up in the UFL. I wish him luck there.

(BTW, diehard Tech fan here but I like to see my native Georgia products do well at the next level too).

Bubba

August 23rd, 2010
11:13 am

Is that the David Gree that hung half a hundred on the nerds?

GIVE ME A BREAK

August 23rd, 2010
11:16 am

The few UGA players that are in the NFL think their coaches should go swimming with them.

Clay

August 23rd, 2010
11:23 am

David, you wanna bet on which of those two has the better job now, huh?

Reggie

August 23rd, 2010
11:24 am

I wish the Falcon can pull off a trade with the Nighthawks and get DJ for John Parker Wilson!

Clay

August 23rd, 2010
11:26 am

I don’t think a backflip off the 10 meter platform is actually classed as “swimming” dummy.

Erin

August 23rd, 2010
11:26 am

@David Because David Greene clearly did not get edumacated while at UGA. He received his BBA in in Risk Management 2004 and opened an Atlanta office of Seacrest Partners. Why don’t you take 2 seconds to google him before you act like you know what the heck you are talking about.

Focus on the football people.

Ryan

August 23rd, 2010
11:36 am

And to think, we had to listen for two years to all the idiot Dawg fans tell us that Shockley deserved a chnace to start for the Falcons. If he is so good how come no one wanted to sign him?

ejj

August 23rd, 2010
11:44 am

Good luck DJ, need live reps, will have another opportunity to return to NFL.

TEE OFF

August 23rd, 2010
11:46 am

WOW!! ERIN JUST CRUSHED DAVID!! OUCH DAVID. TIME TO SIGN OFF AND GO AWAY NOW!! HA!!

Keith

August 23rd, 2010
11:49 am

There are several NFL teams that have quarterbacks on their rosters who are not half as good as DJ.The Bears really need QB help!

spectator

August 23rd, 2010
11:52 am

Can this please be the last thing we have to hear about DJ? The guy doesn’t now and never did have NFL talent and ability. He had more chance than he deserved with the Falcons, and that was just because they wanted a “token” dog around. Bet he gets cut from this minor league team also.

Statick

August 23rd, 2010
12:17 pm

To hell with the Falcons? Regarding DJ? Really, I’m a Dawg fan, but my loyalty for former UGA players stop when they leave campus. If they don’t play for the Falcons then they’re the enemy in my book. As for DJ, I’m happy he got a job somewhere.

DawginLex

August 23rd, 2010
12:21 pm

Marzha and narnia,

You stay classy now.

Jealous much?

Who is your team?

A team from a school where men are nerds and sheep are afraid?

Coach O'Liar

August 23rd, 2010
12:23 pm

Uh David Wasn’t it Reggie who could not play in his last game due to grades. By the way wasn’t if Reggie who couldn’t count to 4?

Question

August 23rd, 2010
12:27 pm

Is Reggie Ball playing pro ball anywhere or is he still working through the concept of 4 downs?

jack row

August 23rd, 2010
12:33 pm

WOW! Erin really did annhilate David! He signed off,and is over in a corner making “simpering” noises,licking his wounds! You go girl!

Time

August 23rd, 2010
12:34 pm

Good luck to DJ. A player who has to be the unluckiest player I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. Comes to UGA as a top recruit, then David Greene comes out of nowhere essentially and blocks him from a chance at starting till his senior year. Wins the SEC in that year. Goes to the NFL, bides his time waiting for a shot, Vick goes stupid and gets thrown in jail setting DJ up to be the hero. Plays well in a couple preseason games and shows some promise…then gets hurt and never gets a shot again.

With a little luck he’s a 3 year starter at UGA. With 3 years at that level he is a high draft pick and actually gets a chance. He’s got all the tools. Won’t surprise me in the least if he wins MVP of the UFL.

Question

August 23rd, 2010
12:36 pm

David is crying like a little beotch.

m915

August 23rd, 2010
12:47 pm

Someone used the term “Thugs” in the nfl, is thug a code word you people think others dont know what you really mean?

Paul The Vol

August 23rd, 2010
12:49 pm

Good luck to him. He is a classy guy who stayed loyal and played behind Greene when it probably would have helped his career to go elsewhere and play. I hope he does well.

jasont13

August 23rd, 2010
12:52 pm

I find it funny how people submit posts bashing a kid who is trying to live his life long dream. He was lucky enough to be on the Falcons roster for three years. You have Tech fans bashing him but gues what? He was 4-0 against Tech. How come the AJC lets you posts comments about this article but will not let you posts comments about a former Tech player who was supposed to be a 1st round draft pick who now may not make the team.

Dawg Man

August 23rd, 2010
12:52 pm

Good luck DJ, you were always one of my favorite Dawgs!

Go DJ Now that's my DJ

August 23rd, 2010
1:12 pm

Loyal Team Member.
Loyal to GA behind a better than average college QB.
Loyal to the Falcons, He’s trying to get reps to prepare himself for the backup spot next year.
He doesn’t want to play for another team, he want’s to play at home first.
If he signed somewhere else he would be lost forever and still wouldn’t play past pre-season this year.

BG

August 23rd, 2010
1:27 pm

Good for Shock! Good Luck!!

dagnabit

August 23rd, 2010
1:37 pm

Dawg-Lex: a junior football offense that is one-and-one against the mighty bulldawgs.

Joshua

August 23rd, 2010
3:14 pm

Ok Lets deal with the real here. I like DJ Shockley. I think he would be an excellent quarterback. I do. The reason no one has ever moved on him is because he is not a proven quarterback in the NFL (1). Besides that he also tore his ACL which also made him a liability(2). And because of the torn ACL his ability to perform at the NFL level would always be in question (3). So he has had and still has a lot to overcome. If he can get footage of proven ability of play then maybe he will be able to get back in the league. But the final thing that he has working against him is time. If he can get back into the league in the next two years then that will be good. After 30 he will have the age factor as an extra liability (4). I wish him well and I hope that he can overcome all of these things and excel.

TXDawg

August 23rd, 2010
3:23 pm

David….another example of someone who opens their piehole without knowing what the F he’s talking about. Not that David Greene did anything in the NFL, but the mere fact that he was on the roster for two different teams (that I know of) says more about what NFL teams thought about any potential he might have had. AND, I might add, he was not on their roster as a QB like Reggie “can’t get the WR a” Ball.