Derrick Shepard (wide receiver)
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|Date of birth:||January 22, 1964|
|Place of birth:||Odessa, Texas|
|Date of death:||August 4, 1999 35)(aged|
|Place of death:||Laramie, Wyoming|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||186 lb (84 kg)|
|High school:||Odessa (TX)|
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Derrick Lathell Shepard (January 22, 1964 – August 4, 1999) was an American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, the New Orleans Saints, and the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Oklahoma.
He walked on at the University of Oklahoma, where he was converted to a wide receiver as a freshman. He was a three-year starter and was a part of the 1985 national championship team. He finished his career with 70 receptions (second in school history), 1,090 receiving yards (fifth in school history) and 596 punt return yards (fourth in school history).
New Orleans Saints
The Dallas Cowboys claimed him off waivers on October 4, 1989. He was named the starter at wide receiver for the last 8 games of the season and finished with 18 receptions for 268 yards and one touchdown. He would focus on returning punts on special teams in the following years.
After his playing career was over, he became a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma, before moving on to University of Wyoming, where he was going to be the wide receivers assistant coach. On August 4, 1999, he died from a sudden heart attack he suffered while playing racquetball.
- Derrick Shepard, A UW Assistant Football Coach, Dies From Sudden Heart Attack
- Oklahoma football: Sterling Shepard to make debut on same field where his late father played