Visanthe Shiancoe (pronounced /Vi-SANTH SHANK-oh/), also known as The Big Unit is an American football tight end who currently plays for the Minnesota Vikings.
He played high school football for Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, gaining all-county honors competing at wide receiver, quarterback, and his current NFL position, tight end.
Shiancoe enjoyed a successful college football career at Morgan State University, playing in 30 games and receiving 52 passes for 1001 yards. His senior year proved to be noteworthy, garnering both All-American Dream Team and All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 1st-team honors from the NFL Draft Report.
He was drafted in the third round (91st overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. Shiancoe played the first four years of his professional career with the New York Giants compiling 35 receptions for 253 yards and three touchdowns, predominantly in a backup role behind Jeremy Shockey.
After a victory over the Detroit Lions in 2008, Fox aired a segment in the Vikings' locker room of Vikings owner Zygi Wilf presenting the game ball to coach Brad Childress' son, Andrew, who had enlisted in the United States Marine Corps