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Sterling Shepard on being the leader of a young Giants team

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Yahoo Sports’ Liz Loza and Chargers’ Running Back Austin Ekeler ask the New York wide receiver what it’s like being the longest tenured player on the Giants in just his sixth season in the league. Shepard joins Yahoo Sports thanks to Tide. Shepard partnered with Tide and the NFL to encourage fans to turn to cold and help make a positive impact on our planet. Fans have the chance to win a Tide Cold Washer if you make the pledge to wash in cold at Tide.com, now through October 5th.

Video Transcript

LIZ LOZA: Sterling, it's only your sixth season in the league, and yet you're the longest-tenured Giant. So have you embraced your role as a leader on this really young team?

STERLING SHEPARD: Yeah. I mean, this is my second year of being the longest-tenured Giant, which is crazy to think about. But yeah, I mean, I've got a lot of vets in my time being with the Giants that have kind of coached me and shown me the way to be a leader, and I feel like, you know, I was really ready for this. Like, everything happens for a reason.

And yeah, me being put in that position at a younger age isn't really ideal, but, you know, I learned a lot from those guys. So I've been able to, you know, wear that on my back and help out as much as I can from the leader aspect.

AUSTIN EKELER: I feel like that goes really quick too, man. You know, you get into the league.

STERLING SHEPARD: [INAUDIBLE]

AUSTIN EKELER: You're trying to figure it out. And then all of a sudden now you're the vet, you know, teaching the young guys how to, you know, get their routine going and how to be a pro.

STERLING SHEPARD: Yeah.

AUSTIN EKELER: Yeah, good for you, man. [INAUDIBLE] that six year [INAUDIBLE], holding it down.

LIZ LOZA: As a leader what do you think your team needs to do to get in the win column this week against the Falcons?

STERLING SHEPARD: I think it comes down to the small details. I mean, you look at the last game. But just the little penalties and stuff like that, that's the small details that nobody really looks at. I mean, those are the things-- that's the difference between winning and losing when it all comes down to it, and that's something that we have to correct. We have to correct it fast.

LIZ LOZA: All right, Sterling, tell us what you're doing with Tide to make a positive impact on our planet.

STERLING SHEPARD: Yeah, so NFL is switching over to cold, washing in cold. And it saves energy, which is good for the planet. And it also saves you some money, which is good for everybody I would think.

So yeah, you can get the chance to win a New York Giants washing machine, and it has my voice on it. All you've got to do is go to tide.com and pledge for washing in cold, and you can have a chance. And I thought that was pretty cool too.

AUSTIN EKELER: The washing machine, it's your voice?

STERLING SHEPARD: Yeah, it's my voice on there.

AUSTIN EKELER: OK. I see you.

STERLING SHEPARD: Yeah.

AUSTIN EKELER: Get incorporated in many ways, man. Sterling Shepard all over the place. [LAUGHS]

STERLING SHEPARD: There we go.

LIZ LOZA: I was telling Austin I, like, legit switched to Tide yesterday. I bought a bottle of Tide yesterday for all of these reasons, but I didn't know about a contest. Are you going to say, like, lady, your socks are too dirty? You need to run a different cycle or what?

STERLING SHEPARD: I might. You got to go in there and go try to win it, and you'll see. But I--

[LAUGHTER]

I have some different things that I say on there but really pushing for washing in cold.

LIZ LOZA: That's awesome. Well, thank you so much for joining us, Sterling. And, you know, good luck the rest of the season.

STERLING SHEPARD: I appreciate you guys.

AUSTIN EKELER: Yeah, man, keep it up.

STERLING SHEPARD: All right.

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