Monday, December 29, 2014

Nothing New for Lito

Lito Sheppard is still here.

Nothing New for Lito

My favorite Lito Sheppard moment today was when he inserted his enormous diamond stud earrings into place. Surrounded by reporters, answering questions, Sheppard screwed in one earring, then the other. And then he picked up a white sweat sock out of his locker and used it to wipe the fingerprints off of the diamonds and shine them up. Sweet.

Lito, by the way, is still here. The last obvious window  for trading him passed with the final roster cutdowns this weekend. Barring a huge surprise, he will be the third cornerback for the Eagles in this Sunday's opener against St. Louis, playing behind newly-acquired Asante Samuel and old pal Sheldon Brown.

At one point, somebody asked if Sheppard could still be excited by the upcoming season,  given that he really would prefer to be starting someplace else. He said, "Of course. A lot of positives have come out of this situation."

Like what? In so many words, Sheppard said, it gives him the opportunity  to "prove that I should be (starting) so you guys can ask the question why I'm not."

After a little more, Sheppard was done.

"Sweet?" he asked,  then walked away from reporters.

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at Reach Rich at

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