Kelvin Sheppard walked into the Buffalo Bills facility on Monday morning not expecting anything out of the ordinary.
He was summoned up to the Bills personnel department and the news he received put him in a state of shock.
After two years as the Bills starting middle linebacker, Sheppard was on the move to Indianapolis after the Colts traded for the 2011 third round draft pick out of LSU.
Thoughts were swirling through Sheppard’s head but it didn’t take long for him to feel right at home inside the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.
“I hopped on a flight (Monday) night, got in town that night and went straight into the facility the following morning,” Sheppard said of his arrival to Indianapolis. “By the time I stepped in the doors it’s just been all open arms, from everybody top to bottom.”
Part of easing Sheppard’s transition to Indianapolis is a few of his college teammates on the defensive side of the football.
A total of four former LSU players are across the Colts defense with end Drake Nevis being the closest to Sheppard (the two were separated by 19 picks in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft).
“We’ve done everything together,” Sheppard said of Nevis. “The grind, the summer grind, the spring grind, all the way to winning National Championships, we’ve done it all.”
“Drake, I know what he brings to the table with his work ethic, his Christian faith, everything like that, the same with me. I’m going to bring my hard hat every single day and I come to try and hoist that trophy and that sounds like exactly what they’re trying to do here.”
During Sheppard’s two seasons in Buffalo, the 6-2, 244-pound linebacker started 24 games and racked up 138 tackles in the middle of the Bills 4-3 defense.
He will now switch back to his college scheme of a 3-4 defense and the combination of system and coaches has Sheppard eager for 2013.
“I like it because it’s very multiple. You can do a lot more things in the 3-4,” Sheppard said.
And the coaches?
“To be honest, I just truly fell in love with this coaching staff. I love their attitude, the way they coach the game, everything.”
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