Sterling Shepard was selected by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft and he will be honoring his father’s memory when he first steps onto the field. The former Sooners star will do that by wearing No. 87 during at least the first season of his NFL career.
Derrick Shepard died when Sterling was just six years old. He also spent his college days at Oklahoma and then played in the NFL for the Giants’ now-NFC East rival, the Dallas Cowboys, wearing No. 87 at both levels.
Oklahoma shared the news that their former star wideout will wear that number for the Giants.
Sterling Shepard will wear No. 87 for the New York Giants — his father's NFL jersey number. 3⃣ 👉8⃣7⃣ pic.twitter.com/79qWfzqR4D
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) May 6, 2016
Sterling Shepard could end up being a huge piece for the Giants’ success going forward, especially if Victor Cruz is not healthy enough to play this year. I am sure Sooner fans will be rooting him on, while his father is watching over him from above.
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