When the NY Giants take the field against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, it's no question going to be the final contest at MetLife for multiple players. Veteran wide receiver Sterling Shepard is surely on that list, as he's barely seen any action this year.
Despite Shepard being non-existent for the offense and coming off back-to-back season-ending injuries, it doesn't take away from what he's meant to this team over the years. Shepard himself knows that Week 18 vs. the Eagles will most likely be his last time suiting up for the G-Men. When talking about things with the media, you could tell how emotional he's feeling right now:
Sterling Shepard knows Sunday is likely his final game with the NY Giants
It's hard to watch that clip of Shepard and not get emotional yourself. Despite the rough seasons for the Giants since he got to town, he has always stayed loyal to the organization and given his everything while sporting a Giants jersey over his back.
Since arriving to the team in 2016, the wideout has posted 369 receptions, 4,077 yards and 23 touchdowns. His best campaign came in 2018, as Shepard recorded 66 receptions for 872 yards and four scores. His rookie season, he hauled in 65 balls for 683 yards and a career-high eight TDs.
That same year, the Giants reached the playoffs, but they suffered their tough loss to the Green Bay Packers. The Giants got back to the postseason last year, but Shepard was on the sidelines due to the torn ACL he suffered against the Cowboys in Week 3.
The year before, he tore his Achilles too. Injuries definitely caught up to Shepard late in his career, but again, it doesn't take away from the impact he had both on and off the field for the organization. If Sunday indeed is his last dance with the team, you better believe the fans at MetLife Stadium will give him a standing ovation - Shep no doubt deserves it.