EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is known in the New York Giants locker room as Young Shep to most of his teammates. “Young Shep” is a pretty good football player coming off an encouraging rookie campaign and trying to take his game to the next level in his second season. He also happens to be the main character of a new children’s book written by his sister, Ashleigh.
The book, titled “The Adventures of Young Shep: Young Shep Saves the Game,” is based off a short story written by Sterling Shepard when he was in second grade. Ashleigh and her mom, Cheri, found the original two years ago in the family’s garage. It inspired Ashleigh to write an expanded version with the help of her younger brother, now an NFL star.
After a year of work, the children’s book was recently released with Sterling Shepard as a co-author. He admittedly was more a consultant.
“I kind of helped her out writing it a little bit,” said Shepard, who offered ideas and suggestions along the way. “It turned out really good.”
Young Shep really is reminiscent of Young Shep. They’re both football players who had to cope with the loss of their father.
Even the illustration is based off a picture the family has of a young Shepard, who was missing one of his front teeth at the time while wearing a green football uniform.
“It’s pretty accurate,” Shepard said.
Ashleigh said when he saw the final product with the illustrations she could see that it hit him hard. Shepard didn’t cry, but his sister could tell it…
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