A star at the University of Tennessee, Shuler was considered the kind of quarterback around which a team could reshape its franchise. The Washington Redskins took Shuler third overall in the 1994 NFL draft, and troubles began early as he missed much of training camp holding out for a richer offer. The Redskins and Shuler eventually reached a $19 million deal that included a $5 million signing bonus. Shuler was bedeviled by injuries throughout his five-season pro career, showing a knack for throwing more interceptions than touchdowns in the 19 games he played in Washington. Shuler retired in 1998, two years after he was traded to New Orleans. He went on to serve three terms for North Carolina in Congress.