|Born:||March 8, 1962|
Newport News, Virginia
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||202 lb (92 kg)|
|High school:||Hampton (VA) Bethel|
|NFL Draft:||1984 / Round: 10 / Pick: 271|
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Shaun Lanard Gayle (born March 8, 1962) is a former American football defensive back in the NFL. He played twelve seasons, eleven for the Chicago Bears (1984-1994), and one for the San Diego Chargers (1995). He was a member of the Bears squad that won Super Bowl XX in 1985. He was also a member of the "Shuffling Crew" in the video The Super Bowl Shuffle. Gayle attended Ohio State University.
Gayle owns the distinction of returning the shortest punt for a touchdown in NFL history, when he returned a punt five yards for a touchdown against the New York Giants in the Bears 1985 divisional playoff victory. He is now appearing at the Chicago Bears Fan Convention. He currently works as an NFL analyst for Sky Sports, appearing on the weekly NFL broadcast.
Gayle had a relationship with Rhoni Reuter, originally of Potosi, Wisconsin. On October 4, 2007, Reuter was about seven months pregnant with Gayle's child when she was shot and killed at home, along with her unborn daughter.
On March 3, 2009, a Chicago woman, Marni Yang, 41, was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Rhoni Reuter at Reuter's Deerfield condominium. It was alleged that Yang was wearing a disguise when she shot and killed Reuter in a jealous rage. She was convicted of first-degree murder for the killing in March 2011.
The Deerfield police previously stated they did not consider Gayle to be a suspect in the murder.