Even in his third season in the NFL, New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard is having new experiences. This experience is quite the change of life as fatherhood is quite an adjustment for the Giants’ slot receiver.
In two years in the league, Shepard has been to the playoffs and then saw his team sink to the second-worst record in the NFL the following season, giving him the full spectrum of experience in this league. Now, Shepard needs to adjust training camp’s routine and rigors with the demands that come with a new daughter, Cali Clay.
It’s an exciting time for Shepard as he welcomes his daughter into the world, this as her arrival was a bit early. Daughter and mother are doing well, he says.
Shepard said that the pressure of playoff games with the Giants or big games in college is nothing compared to what he experienced the past few days with her birth.
“It was a little bit more intense. You kind of have an idea of what you’re going into on game day. There, you have no idea what’s going to happen or what could happen, so the nerves are kicking a little bit more,” Shepard said. “Like I said, I was on the side of the bed with her the whole time, I even caught myself pushing when the doctor was saying, ‘Push!’ and she was like, ‘What are you pushing for?’, but I was helping her out and she did a great job.”
This week, the Giants are in Michigan for several intra-squad scrimmages against the Detroit Lions.
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Because his daughter arrived early, Shepard was able to join the team for the practices. It is difficult he admits but part of the job.
“Yeah, I mean, it’s tough, especially when she’s a newborn, she just came out so you want to be there with her but you also have to provide for her,” Shepard said on Monday. “That’s another thing that a father has to do, so I’m here with the team and all my time is invested into that and that’s what I’m focused on when I get into the building.”