New York Giants Receiver Sterling Shepard Hopes to Honor His Family Name

May 5, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Ever since he turned 21, New York Giants rookie receiver Sterling Shepard, the team's 2016 second-round pick out of Oklahoma, has made a gold chain a part of his game-day attire.
That might not seem like a big deal considering many athletes do the same. However, for the Oklahoma City native, Shepard's chain is more than just a fashion statement.
The chain, given to him by his mother, Cheri, belonged to his father, former NFL receiver Derrick Shepard, who died from a sudden heart attack at the age of 35.
The elder Shepard's sudden death, which occurred when Sterling was just six years old, meant that instead of enjoying a carefree childhood free from worry, the young boy would have to comprehend a curveball that many people much older than him sometimes never quite come to terms with.
A World Turned Upside Down
The only son in a household that, besides his mother, included sisters Ashleigh and Shelby, Shepard recalls marveling at his mother's strengt...

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