Lito Sheppard

Hey Reggie Bush, YOU'VE GOT THE WRONG EAGLES CORNERBACK!

Hey Reggie Bush, YOU'VE GOT THE WRONG EAGLES CORNERBACK!

Reggie Bush vividly remembers every detail of the hardest hit he ever took.

Except who hit him.
 
Bush, a co-host of FOX Sports’ College Game Day, was asked on Monday’s show by a Twitter viewer what was the hardest he was ever hit during his 11-year NFL career.
 
Every Eagles fan knows the answer to that question. 
 
My hardest hit is well-documented,” Bush said. “You can probably go look it up on YouTube right now. It happened in 2006 in the NFC Championship Game, and we’re taking about quarterbacks leading their receivers into bad throws, and the great Drew Brees almost got my head tooken off. Well, he did get my head tooken off. Thankfully I’m here to live and tell about it. It was a very interesting experience. I would not recommend it for the average person and I’m lucky to be alive. It was Lito Sheppard.”
 
OK, first of all, it wasn’t the NFC Championship Game, it was the conference semifinal round a week earlier.
 
But … LITO SHEPPARD?????
 
Reggie, does the name SHELDON BROWN RING A BELL?
 
With all due respect to Lito, who was a Pro Bowler that year and spent seven years playing cornerback alongside Brown, let’s just say he wasn’t exactly the type to unleash thunderous hits on anybody.
 
Lito was the speedy corner who loved to jump routes, Brown was the physical guy who could cover but loved to support the run and deliver big hits.
 
And actually, Sheppard didn’t even play in that Saints game. He suffered a dislocated elbow a week earlier in the playoff win over the Giants and didn’t dress.

Even though the Eagles lost that game 27-24, Brown’s hit on Bush made the cover of Sports Illustrated.
  
“That was a beastly, beastly hit,” Brian Dawkins said in the book, The 50 Greatest Plays in Eagles History, co-written by yours truly with long-time Eagles writer Mark Eckel. “He just demolished him. It may have been the hardest hit I ever saw.”
 
Brown's hit came on the second play of the game, and Bush, after getting laid out, missed just one snap before returning to the game.

"I couldn't believe he came back in," Eagles radio analyst Mike Quick said in The 50 Greatest Plays in Eagles History. "I would have taken my ball and gone home. And nobody would have complained if I did."

Bush wound up rushing for 52 yards and a TD and catching three passes, all after the Brown hit.
 
Today, he wouldn’t have been allowed back in the game.
 
What did it feel like?
 
“Cancel Christmas, cancel all the holidays, it was bad,” Bush said Monday. “I remember laying on the field, and it wasn’t the hit that initially put me down, it was when my back hit the ground. It knocked the wind out of my stomach. For anybody who’s ever had the wind knocked out of them, it’s probably the closest experience to dying without dying. And it was very painful. I remember looking up into the stands, started going blurry, I was gasping for air. People were trying to talk to me, I couldn’t hear anything. I was just trying to breathe.”
 
Brown said years later in The 50 Greatest Plays in Eagles History that thanks to film study, he knew what play was coming, so he was able to time his hit on Bush perfectly.
 
“I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, this is exactly how it looked in practice,” he said. “You don’t see that happen too often.”

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Damaris Johnson and 10 crazy Eagles-Cowboys stats!

Damaris Johnson and 10 crazy Eagles-Cowboys stats!

Eagles-Cowboys week means Eagles-Cowboys stats!

So with a full day to kill before kickoff tonight, here are 10 fascinating Eagles-Cowboys stats from throughout the rivalry’s 120-game history!

Shady and Jim Brown: LeSean McCoy is tied with Jim Brown for highest yards-per-carry average ever against the Cowboys at 5.3 yards per attempt. Walter Payton is third at 5.1 and Duce Staley is next at 4.9. Two Eagles and two Hall of Famers.

Most 100-yard games: Shady is also tied for most career 100-yard games against the Cowboys with four. O.J. Anderson, Tiki Barber, Walter Payton and Ricky Watters also had four. Three of Ricky’s were with the Eagles.

Tommy McDonald was a Cowboy: Did you know all-time Eagles great Tommy McDonald was also a Cowboy? He’s also one of a small group of players who have scored a touchdown for both the Cowboys and Eagles: McDonald, Mike Ditka, Herschel Walker, Randall Cunningham, Terrell Owens, Miles Austin, DeMarco Murray and Orlando Scandrick.

D-Jack and Vick: DeSean Jackson’s 210 yards against the Cowboys in 2010 are the most in NFL history by a player on four or fewer catches. Jackson’s four catches from Michael Vick went for 60 yards (first play of the game), 37 yards, 22 yards and 91 yards in a 30-27 Eagles win.

There goes Lito! Lito Sheppard has two of the four-longest INT returns ever against the Cowboys — a 102-yarder in 2006 off Drew Bledsoe at the Linc and a 101-yarder off Vinny Testaverde in 2004 at Texas Stadium.  He’s the only player with two 100-yard INT returns against the same team. 

Best vs. Eagles: Jason Witten has more catches against the Eagles than any player in history — by far. Witten has 152 catches in 29 career games against the Eagles, 51 more than any other player. Art Monk had 101. Witten’s 1,642 yards are also the most ever against the Eagles. Here are the most catches in NFL history by a player against a specific team:

185 … Larry Fitzgerald vs. Rams
175 … Larry Fitzgerald vs. Saints
175 … Jerry Rice vs. Falcons
173 … Larry Fitzgerald vs. 49ers
157 … Jason Witten vs. Giants
152 … Jason Witten vs. Eagles

Ertz closing in: Zach Ertz is closing in on the most catches ever by an opposing tight end against the Cowboys. His 57 in 12 games are second-most, five behind Jackie Smith. The Hall of Famer had 62 in 24 career games for the Cards against the Cowboys. Brian Westbrook’s 67 receptions are the most ever by an Eagle against the Cowboys. Ertz’s 57 catches have come from Carson Wentz (38), Sam Bradford (8), Nick Foles (6), Mark Sanchez (3) and Matt Barkley (2).  

Wes Hopkins was a Cowboy Killer: Wes Hopkins owns the record for most career INTs vs. the Cowboys. He shares the mark of nine with Terry Kinard, who was with the Giants in the 1980s. Wes picked off Troy Aikman three times and Steve Pelluer, Gary Hogeboom and Danny White twice.

Damaris Johnson??? The longest punt return ever against the Cowboys was also by an Eagle — Damaris Johnson, of all people. He brought a Brian Moorman punt back 98 yards with 53 seconds left in the Cowboys’ 38-33 win at Cowboys Stadium in 2012.

Something the Eagles could use: When the Eagles have a 100-yard rusher, they’re 16-2 against the Cowboys. They haven’t had one since McCoy in 2014.

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Arrest warrant reportedly issued in bizarre feud between 2 former Eagles Lito Sheppard, Jabar Gaffney

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Arrest warrant reportedly issued in bizarre feud between 2 former Eagles Lito Sheppard, Jabar Gaffney

An arrest warrant has reportedly been issued for a bizarre incident involving two former Eagles players.

This is a weird one.

Lito Sheppard is a longtime Eagles corner who had plenty of memorable plays in Philadelphia. The other guy involved is Jabar Gaffney, who never played a regular-season game in Philly and whose tenure in town is most memorable for an incident on the Walt Whitman Bridge involving an illegal handgun.

The two both grew up in Jacksonville, attended the same high school and both played football at the University of Florida. You'd think that'd make them good pals. Not so.

They apparently have some sort of longstanding feud that stems from allegations of Sheppard having an affair with Gaffney's wife, according to WJXT. Sheppard denies that being true. That leads us to the June incident that led to the arrest warrant. From WJXT in Jacksonville:

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of former NFL player Jabar Gaffney, who is charged with felony criminal mischief in the vandalism of his former teammate's BMW, the I-TEAM learned Thursday.

Someone slashed the tires of Lito Sheppard's BMW and poured a contaminant into the gas tank while the car was parked outside a Jacksonville Beach restaurant June 17, causing $14,000 in damage.

There's video footage of the incident, which Gaffney has denied, but there was apparently enough to convince the police otherwise.

You can watch video of the incident in the below local news footage.