Edell Shepherd

Edell Eugene Shepherd (born May 18, 1980) is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college football at San José State.

Edell Shepherd
No. 3, 86, 19
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1980-05-18) May 18, 1980 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school:Susan Miller Dorsey
(Los Angeles, California)
College:San José State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-WAC (2001)
Career NFL statistics
Receiving Yards:163
Receiving TDs:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Shepherd was also a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans and Detroit Lions.

Early yearsEdit

Growing up in the South Central region of his birthplace Los Angeles, California,[1] Shepherd attended Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, California, and was a letterman in football, track and field, and tennis. In football, as a senior, he made 39 receptions for 635 yards (16.28 yards per reception avg.) and five touchdowns. Edell Shepherd graduated from Dorsey High School in 1999.[2]

College careerEdit

Shepherd attended West Los Angeles College for two years. As a sophomore, he won JC All-American honors.[2] At San Jose State, in his junior year (2000), Shepherd made 42 catches for 707 yards and 4 touchdowns.[3] In his senior season (2001), Shepherd set records for single-game receiving yardage, single-season touchdowns (17), and most touchdown receptions in a game. He had more receptions than four Biletnikoff Award candidates.[4] He was a second-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection in 2001.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Chicago Bears (2002)Edit

Shepherd signed with Chicago on April 23, 2002 as an undrafted free agent following the 2002 NFL Draft and spent all but the first two weeks of October 2002 in the practice squad.[2]

Scottish Claymores (2003)Edit

In the spring of 2003, the Chicago Bears assigned Shepherd to the NFL Europe team Scottish Claymores.[1]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2003–2005)Edit

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Shepherd on September 2, 2003, three days after the Bears cut Shepherd.[5] Making his NFL debut on December 7, Shepherd played two games for the Buccaneers in 2003.[6] An offensive pass interference penalty on fellow wide receiver Charles Lee voided what would have been a 28-yard reception by Shepherd.[7] On December 28, in the season finale, Shepherd made 4 receptions for 38 yards.[6]

After spending 2004 on the disabled list, Shepherd played in all regular season games in 2005.[2] That season, Shepherd made 6 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown.[8]

In the Buccaneers' 17-10 loss on January 7, 2006 to the Washington Redskins in the divisional round of the 2005 postseason, Shepherd dropped a 35-yard pass with fewer than 3 minutes left in the game on 3rd down and 10. Video replay showed that Shepherd lost control of the ball before he landed on the ground; otherwise his catch and following extra point would have tied the game.[9]

Houston Texans (2006)Edit

Signing with the Houston Texans on September 3, 2006,[10] Shepherd played seven games for Houston in 2006 and made 3 receptions for 22 yards.[11]

Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos (2007–2008)Edit

He spent 2007 out of the league after being released by Detroit.

On July 26, 2008, Shepherd was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL.[12]


  1. ^ a b Haggerty, Anthony. "The sword's my shepherd". Glasgow Daily Record. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Edell Shepherd". Houston Texans. Archived from the original on November 9, 2006.
  3. ^ "Edell Shepherd". San Jose State Spartans. Archived from the original on January 3, 2005.
  4. ^ Stephens, Eric (December 1, 2001). "He'd Trade His Spartan Lifestyle for NFL". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  5. ^ Stroud, Rick (September 3, 2003). "Bucs bring back LB Smith, WR Davis for practice squad". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Edell Shepherd game log, 2003". NFL. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  7. ^ Stroud, Rick (December 11, 2003). "Bucs suddenly have some speed". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  8. ^ "Edell Shepherd game logs, 2005". NFL. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  9. ^ La Canfora, Jason (January 8, 2006). "Stop and Go for Redskins". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  10. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (September 3, 2006). "Texans release Robaire Smith as makeover continues". ESPN.
  11. ^ "Edell Shepherd game logs, 2006". NFL. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  12. ^ Klis, Mike (July 26, 2008). "Shepherd out for season". Denver Post.

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