Sheppard, Lito

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Lito Sheppard
Lito Decorian Sheppard is currently a cornerback for the New York Jets.


Background and college

Born April 8, 1977 in Jacksonville, Florida, Sheppard attended William M. Raines High School in Jacksonville. He then played college football at the University of Florida. While there, Sheppard was a two time All-American, started 22 games in 3 seasons, recorded 8 interceptions, and had 87 tackles. He also returned 27 kickoffs for 472 yards (22.5 yards per return avg.).

NFL Career

Before the Jets

Sheppard was taken with the 26th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. In 2004 Sheppard had 5 interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns. He was named Defensive Player of the Month for the month of November after returning two interceptions for touchdowns. Sheppard was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2004.

2005 was the first of three injury filled seasons for Sheppard, missed six games and finished with three interceptions. On October 8, 2006, Lito became the first player in NFL history to have two interception returns of more than 100 yards. Both returns came against the Dallas Cowboys. Sheppard would pick up an injury in the Wild Card game and miss the Eagles' loss in the divisional round. 2007 would be anohter injury disrupted season, Sheppard finishing with two interceptions. Though fully fit in 2008, Sheppard saw much reduced action as a result of good performances by starting corners Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown.

As a Jet

Sheppard was traded to the Jets on February 27, 2009 for a 5th round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and a conditional pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. The Jets shortly after restructured Sheppards' contract.


Sheppard is the cousin of current Broncos wide receiver Jabar Gaffney.

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