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Sterling Shepard to carry on dad’s legacy by wearing jersey No. 3

by Jason Kersey Published: July 1, 2012
Sterling Shepard will wear jersey No. 3 at Oklahoma. The number was once his dad's. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Sterling Shepard will wear jersey No. 3 at Oklahoma. The number was once his dad's. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

NORMAN — Sterling Shepard now has one more way to carry his father’s legacy with him.

The true freshman Oklahoma receiver will wear jersey No. 3 this fall, according to his high school coach, Heritage Hall’s Andy Bogert.

The number was once his father’s. Derrick Shepard was a standout OU receiver in the mid-1980s and played five NFL seasons.

He died of a sudden heart attack in 1999, when Sterling was just six years old. Shepard wore No. 3 throughout this stellar high school career at Heritage Hall.

Last year, No. 3 was worn at OU by both running back Brennan Clay and defensive back Joe Powell.

Clay switched to No. 24, which was previously worn by now departed receiver Dejuan Miller, and Powell changed to No. 19, worn by then-senior Jesse Bell.

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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