Jen Shah:The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City premiered this week, and Bravo fans are already obsessing over the cast. One cast member in particular who is getting a lot of attention is Jen Shah.
Jen converted from Mormonism to Islam after meeting her husband, Sharrieff Shah, and it’s a fact that gets a lot of attention in both her official Bravo profile and info that’s been released about the show so far. Jen, who is Tongan and Hawaiian says in her Bravo profile that she felt like she often “stuck out” in her traditionally white, Mormon world.
In the show’s season premiere, Jen talked about how meeting her football coach husband, who is Muslim, in college totally changed her view of religion. She eventually converted to Islam.
But who is Sharrieff Shah, exactly? Here’s what you need to know about this RHLOSC hubby:Sharrief is a former football player.
Jen’s husband played football for the University of Utah. He started for three seasons as a safety “before he incurred a career-ending neck injury three games into his senior season,” according to his University of Utah profile. He was also really good: Not only was Sharrieff team captain, but he was also an honorable mention all-Western Athletic Conference safety in 1991 and 1992, and was named the Sports Illustrated National Defensive Player of the Week in 1991.He also ran track in college.
Sharrieff wasn’t ~just~ a football player: He also ran indoor track for the University of Utah, competing in the 60-yard dash and long jump from 1990 to 1992.Sharrief also used to be a lawyer.
He spent 12 years as an attorney, first as a commercial litigator with Parsons, Behle & Latimer, and then as a trial attorney with Siegfried & Jensen. (He specialized in medical malpractice and catastrophic automobile accidents, BTW.)He was also a certified sports agent.
While he was still a lawyer, Sharrieff was a certified agent through the NFL Player Association from 1996 through 2002.Sharrief even worked as a football analyst.
Yep, he was a sideline reporter for Utah’s flagship radio station ESPN 700 from 2000 through 2011 and also served as a sideline analyst for local television stations KUTV and KJZZ in their University of Utah broadcasts for three seasons.He’s now a football coach.
Despite everything **gestures broadly** Sharrieff has done, it’s clear he’s really into football. Now, he’s in his ninth year of coaching for the University of Utah, according to his university profile. Oh, and cool tidbit: In 2014, ESPN.com named him one of “10 coaches who adapt and thrive” given that he’s helped coach five cornerbacks who went on to play in the NFL.He tweets about football a lot.
Like, it’s all he writes about. Sharrieff’s Instagram is private, but football stats and stories are pretty much all he tweets. Examples:
“Great work Burgess! Look how God is to you.”
“These Sunday Utes were Saturday afternoon dawgs!! So proud to have coached both of these wonderful young [men].”