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Meet Gerrard Sheppard

By: Shannon Stern

 

“I started playing football when I was about 8,” stated Wide Receiver Gerrard Sheppard, a new addition to the Baltimore Ravens this year. “I stopped playing around 14 because I started to strictly focus on basketball. My senior year of high school, I decided I wanted to play again.”

 

Sports have always been a huge part of Sheppard’s life. He was mainly interested basketball and football; however he loves and respects every sport! “I was always a fan of the Ravens because they were just a hard nose football team that no other team in the NFL really displayed,” said Sheppard.

 

The Owings Mills, MD native went to McDonogh School, a school not known for their football team. “Coming into McDonogh, the football coach wanted me to play my freshman year. But, I was strictly [into] basketball, so I told him I couldn't.” Wanting to spend as much time as possible with his classmates, Sheppard decided to have fun with his friends on the field during his senior year. “Anything that I apply myself to, I give it my absolute all. Turns out, I made a career out of it!”

 

After graduating from high school, Sheppard played for UConn before transferring to Towson University back in Maryland. His experience at UConn allowed him to meet new people that became lifelong friends. He also “learned a great amount about the game…which was huge.” The decision to transfer to Towson was due to the inside workings of UConn. “We had a bunch of coaching changes at UConn. I thought it would be better for me to display my talents at Towson.” Sheppard’s experiences at Towson taught him lifelong lessons. Head Coach Rob Ambrose taught Sheppard “how to be a gentleman on and off the field and how to handle yourself and every situation you come in to with class.”

 

Being a part of the Ravens’ organization is an “amazing” accomplishment for Sheppard. “I wake up every morning with the biggest smile on my face, ready to go to work. I have learned a great amount; not only about the game, but about life as well. A lot of the veterans have taken me under their wings and showed me the ropes to the game.” To Sheppard, the fans are the best part about the Ravens. “Their love, support, and just over all care for the Ravens is unbelievable. Everywhere we go, we are blessed to have fans that travel and support us. They're simply great.”

 

Sheppard’s story is far from over. “My plan is to continue to play and make a name for myself and my family around the NFL,” he said. His dream is to use his “testimony to let kids know that with God, faith, and patience, your dreams will come true.”