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September 4, 2008 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You know, Lito Sheppard has a driveway in Moorestown, too. Who knows if that's where all this is headed, but it is clear this is not the direction Eagles coach Andy Reid had in mind as his team installed the game plan yesterday for Sunday's season opener against the St. Louis Rams. "We are in a one-game-at-a-time mode right now, and one play at a time," Reid said before the start of practice. Apparently, the Eagles are also back in the one-controversy-at-a-time mode and, as you might expect, Drew Rosenhaus has a starring role.
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November 3, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lost in the disappointment of the Eagles' 4-4 start has been the comeback of cornerback Lito Sheppard. Actually, it's been a two-pronged rebound for Sheppard, first from a severe left high ankle sprain that forced him to miss the final six games of last season and then from a right ankle sprain on opening day that cost him nearly four games. Sheppard may be playing the best football of his five-year career, which is saying something, considering he was a Pro Bowl pick during the Eagles' Super Bowl season of 2004.
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December 8, 2006 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If Brodrick Bunkley is searching for a role model inside the Eagles' locker room, he might want to venture away from his present location among the hefty defensive tackles and examine the career of another Eagles first-round pick. Much like Bunkley, cornerback Lito Sheppard didn't have much to do on game day after the Eagles made him their first-round draft pick out of Florida in 2002. "As far as the trials and tribulations I've gone through as a football player, nothing was as tough as that first year simply because the expectations were so high," Sheppard said yesterday after the Eagles' practice at the NovaCare Complex.
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January 3, 2009
The only thing close to news coming out of the Eagles' final substantive workout before Minnesota was that Pro Bowl corner Asante Samuel sat out with a hip injury that coach Andy Reid said was suffered in Thursday's practice. "We think he's going to be OK, but we'll see," said Reid, who listed Samuel as "questionable" on the injury report. Samuel is tied for first in NFL history with three career playoff interception returns for touchdowns, a mark he shares with ex-Raiders star Willie Brown.
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November 5, 2007
As if things weren't bad enough, one of the Eagles' only proven defensive playmakers - cornerback Lito Sheppard - is hurt again. It is a knee, again. In the second quarter of the opener this season at Green Bay, Sheppard suffered an MCL sprain that knocked him out for the remainder of that game and for the next 4 weeks. In the third quarter last night - with the result still somewhat in doubt, way before the final score of Dallas 38, Eagles 17, was written - Sheppard had to come out again.
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December 18, 2008 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
During the games, he stands among the others waiting for the call that doesn't come. And yet he waits, right where he is supposed to be, helmet in place, chin strap buckled, listening for the name he never hears. The highest praise you can give Lito Sheppard, the Eagles' forgotten cornerback, is that if you didn't know, you wouldn't know. Not as he prepares for the games, not as he moves among his teammates, not as he hears the loud ticking of the countdown clock on his career in Philadelphia.
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July 25, 2008 | By Phil Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For one day, Lito Sheppard was the second coming of the Silent Storm. Silent, because on a day when Brian Westbrook and Shawn Andrews made noisy news, Sheppard slipped quietly into the Eagles' training camp. Storm, because that's what could be brewing in the mountains if the Eagles' plan to fit three star-quality cornerbacks into two starting positions turns into the collision of high- and low-pressure systems. "You never know how people are going to take things," cornerback Sheldon Brown said yesterday as veterans reported to camp at Lehigh University.
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August 27, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lito Sheppard felt like a rookie again when training camp started, and with good reason. When the rookies reported July 20, the Eagles fifth-year cornerback and onetime Pro Bowl performer reported with the newcomers. Sheppard needed the extra time after missing the final six games last season with a severe high left ankle sprain, which he suffered in the Nov. 20 loss to the New York Giants. The injury required surgery and assured Sheppard of a long and uncertain off-season. Sheppard said he expected the injury to heal quicker than it did. He was frustrated at being able to do just minimal work during the Eagles' June minicamp.
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June 16, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Just last week, Lito Sheppard said he would take his time coming back from the injury he suffered Nov. 20 against the New York Giants - a high left ankle sprain that required off-season surgery. The cornerback wasn't expected to take part in the Eagles' final minicamp, but decided yesterday morning to try more than the warm-up drills he had been doing the last few days. So Sheppard went through seven-on-seven drills, and he expressed relief after the final workout at the NovaCare Complex before rookies, free agents and selected veterans report to training camp at Lehigh University on July 20. "It did help my psyche," Sheppard said, adding that it eased the minds of "a lot of the coaches and players, too. " His teammates appreciated Sheppard's return.
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October 18, 2004 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lito Sheppard came into his own yesterday, stepping out of the shadows of the beloved former Eagles cornerbacks he has replaced with two of the Eagles' four interceptions, one of which he ran back for his first NFL touchdown. Sheppard's 64-yard return seemed almost in highlight-reel slow motion even when it was happening. He snagged the Jake Delhomme pass meant for tight end Kris Mangum, swung out to the left sideline - where he shrugged off an attempted tackle by Delhomme - then seemed to stop and wait for a wedge of blockers to regroup and accompany him in for the score.
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June 16, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CURTIS MARSH, Trevard Lindley, Jack Ikegwuonu, Rashad Barksdale, Macho Harris. The ongoing disaster at the safety position gets more attention, but Brandon Boykin, taken in the fourth round in 2012, is the only cornerback the Eagles have drafted since 2002 who has made a significant contribution to the team. In 2002, the Birds drafted Lito Sheppard in the first round and Sheldon Brown in the second, so, that season, they had Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor as their starters, Al Harris for the nickel, and Sheppard and Brown just in case.
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May 3, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It had been 13 years since the Eagles drafted a cornerback as high as they did when Eric Rowe was chosen in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night. And in the time since they chose Lito Sheppard in the 2002 first round, the league has changed significantly. Sheppard was generously listed at 5-foot-10, 194 pounds. Rowe is 6-1, 205 pounds. Sheppard, a two-time Pro Bowler, was a successful pick for then-coach Andy Reid, but he probably wouldn't be considered a first-round prospect in today's NFL, and certainly not by Chip Kelly.
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August 4, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
LITO SHEPPARD entered that nether region that all aging athletes reach after the 2011 season, during which he played nine games for the Oakland Raiders. Just 30 years old at the time, the 2002 first-round draft pick of the Eagles still believed he had the physical skills, athleticism and game experience to remain a productive cornerback. But as all athletes eventually learn, Sheppard realized it was not going to be he who ultimately would make that determination. None of the 32 teams gave Sheppard - who had played 126 games and had 19 interceptions - a chance in 2012.
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January 25, 2010 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The most noticeable thing about Lito Sheppard yesterday was his absence. And now the former Eagles cornerback is probably about to disappear from the New York Jets' roster. After starting the Jets' previous eight games, Sheppard was benched by coach Rex Ryan in the team's 30-17 AFC championship loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Second-year cornerback Dwight Lowery started in Sheppard's place and had more than his share of problems tracking the Colts' receivers.
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January 24, 2010 | By Ashley Fox, Inquirer Staff Writer
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Lito Sheppard is free. He doesn't wonder anymore, doesn't worry. He knows that there is football, and good football, to be played outside Philadelphia. And Sheppard feels appreciated . It can be the harshest lesson for some, that the NFL is more than just the pinnacle of football, that it is, first and foremost, a business, and decisions are made with heads, not hearts. Sheppard learned that the hard way. He saw the ugliest side. But it's all good.
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May 18, 2009
OSTENSIBLY, NONE of the complaints Lito Sheppard had about his final season in Philadelphia was wrong. The other day, Sheppard, the wayward cornerback who was traded to the New York Jets, blistered the Eagles organization to Newsday. Sheppard said he felt betrayed by the Eagles, and that the issues from last season, when he was made persona non grata, happened because he dared to want to reopen negotiations on his contract. "After my second Pro Bowl season [in 2006]
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March 1, 2009 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The city's skyline wouldn't look the same if the statue of William Penn toppled. Eagles fans who attend their first game next season will likely have a similar feeling about their team when they look into the secondary and see Brian Dawkins is no longer there. The cold-hearted business side of the NFL reared up yesterday when Dawkins signed a contract with the Denver Broncos. The five-year deal is worth $17 million if he actually completes it under those terms. That is unlikely, for Dawkins will be 36 during the 2009 season.
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January 3, 2009
The only thing close to news coming out of the Eagles' final substantive workout before Minnesota was that Pro Bowl corner Asante Samuel sat out with a hip injury that coach Andy Reid said was suffered in Thursday's practice. "We think he's going to be OK, but we'll see," said Reid, who listed Samuel as "questionable" on the injury report. Samuel is tied for first in NFL history with three career playoff interception returns for touchdowns, a mark he shares with ex-Raiders star Willie Brown.
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December 18, 2008 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
During the games, he stands among the others waiting for the call that doesn't come. And yet he waits, right where he is supposed to be, helmet in place, chin strap buckled, listening for the name he never hears. The highest praise you can give Lito Sheppard, the Eagles' forgotten cornerback, is that if you didn't know, you wouldn't know. Not as he prepares for the games, not as he moves among his teammates, not as he hears the loud ticking of the countdown clock on his career in Philadelphia.
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November 14, 2008 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
Lito Sheppard played one snap for the Eagles last week, when Asante Samuel hobbled off the field briefly. That would make Lito one guy you can't blame for the loss to the Giants. This week, in Cincinnati, Sheppard ought to have a bigger role, defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said yesterday, because Sheppard is healthier, and the Bengals frequently use three wideouts. The Eagles envision playing much of the game in their nickel package, with Samuel, Sheldon Brown and Sheppard as the top three corners.
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