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In 1999, Bob Stoops signed a football for Sterling Shepard, ‘A future #3 Sooner’

by Jason Kersey Modified: March 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm •  Published: September 9, 2012
Bob Stoops signed this football for 6-year old Sterling Shepard in 1999. Today, Shepard does indeed wear No. 3 for Oklahoma. PHOTO PROVIDED
Bob Stoops signed this football for 6-year old Sterling Shepard in 1999. Today, Shepard does indeed wear No. 3 for Oklahoma. PHOTO PROVIDED
NORMAN — The positive response to my story in Saturday’s Oklahoman has been overwhelming and very much appreciated.

I really enjoyed reporting and writing the story of Sterling Shepard’s relationship with Bob Stoops and how it began.

There was one other aspect of the story that I couldn’t fit in, and I thought I’d share that here.

In 1999, Stoops’ first season on the job and not long after Derrick Shepard died, the coach signed a football for 6-year old Sterling, and that ball has stayed on a shelf in Sterling’s bedroom ever since.

To Sterling,
A future #3 Sooner
Bob Stoops

Of course, Sterling did actually become No. 3 for the Sooners, just like his dad.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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