Former Notre Dame recruit Tee Shepard ends football career

IRISH STEW

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The winding path of Tee Shepard's football career has come to an end.

Shepard, a former Notre Dame recruit, announced in a statement through Ole Miss on Wednesday that he has ended his playing career.

"The injuries and challenges I have overcome the last few years have taken away my love for playing the game of football," Shepard said in the statement. "I want to thank Rebel Nation for the support they have shown me in my time here. I want to especially thank Coach (Hugh) Freeze for showing me what unconditional love is like. I will always love this team and cheer them on as they compete for a championship. I look forward to completing my degree from Ole Miss and beginning the next phase of my life."

Shepard, who sat out the entire 2014 season with a toe injury, played in the first five games of the season for Ole Miss as a reserve cornerback and tallied two tackles and one pass breakup.

His pursuit of a college football career started when he enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2012 but left the school before spring practice started in March. The reason for Shepard's departure remains somewhat clouded, but his high school coach attributed it to an issue with a standardized test score that affected Shepard's enrollment status.

Shepard sat out the 2012 season before playing in 2013 at Holmes Community College in Goodman, Miss. Ole Miss recruited him following his one season at the junior college.

Former Notre Dame recruits Tee Shepard, left, and Deontay Greenberry, right, interview each other prior to the Semper Fidelis Bowl. Shepard, who had been playing for Ole Miss, ended his college career Wednesday. Greenberry, who was also committed to Notre Dame, ditched the Irish to play at Houston. Greenberry entered the NFL Draft following his junior season. (SBT File Photo)