Sterling Shepard Rookie Blog: Welcome to the NFL

Posted May 13, 2016

Throughout the season, Rookie WR Sterling Shepard will check in with and provide an inside look at his journey of making it in the NFL.

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard was born to play football.  The son of a Super Bowl and NCAA champion, he followed his father’s footsteps to a standout career at the University of Oklahoma before being selected by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. We begin with the Sooner receiving a call from the 201 area code...

For the draft, we had rented out a spot in downtown OKC, and I just had all of my family and some of my friends there. It was an amazing night. It was probably the best night of my life. I was pretty nervous at first, hoping to get that call on the first day of the draft. Then I knew I should be going the second day, but I was just trying to hurry up and get the call. But once I got it, it was like a big sigh of relief. My family was jumping up and down. They were just so happy. It was a happy moment.

My immediate thought was I’m going to a great quarterback in Eli Manning, and then I thought about the two great receivers in Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz. I thought about those three guys and how excited I was to be a part of that and hopefully be out there making plays with them. I see them as an example and something I definitely want to accomplish. I’m working my butt off. I’m trying to just get these plays down, and that’s the main thing.

My freshman year in college, I had guys to look up to then, just like I do here. I had Kenny Stills and Justin Brown back at Oklahoma, and I remember them just teaching me a lot of stuff. That definitely helped me when I became a senior and helping those younger guys. So I’ve got a lot to learn with Odell and Victor and those guys and Myles White. He’s been in the league for a while, so whatever insight those guys can give me is always helpful. Now I just try to soak it all in.

So right after I got drafted on Friday, I had Saturday and Sunday to just chill with the family and have family time. I knew I was going to be leaving that next week for the Giants, but we didn’t know when. Then we found out it was going to be Thursday, and so I just had to get everything packed up out of my house, say my goodbyes to everybody for a while, and then get on a plane.

I landed here and just hit the ground running. I got in the film room, I got the playbook, I got the tablet, and I’ve been studying and working out. I’m just really trying to study and get the playbook down. That’s the main thing for me. I think that’s the main thing for any of us rookies.

I’m rooming right now with Jerell Adams, another draft pick. That’s a funny dude right there. He’s the comedian of the draft class. So if I decided to have a roommate after this, then he’d definitely be my roommate.

Heading out of the locker room for the first rookie minicamp practice was a great feeling, something that I’ve been wanting to do ever since I was a little kid. Having that moment and putting the jersey on for the first time, I just want to be putting it on many more times. I’ve got a job to do, and I’m excited to get it done.

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