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Brad Shepard

  • joined Aug 08, 2011
  • last login Dec 06, 2013
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I'm a former sports writer with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Tennessean and the (Clarksville) Leaf-Chronicle. I covered the Tennessee Vols, the Tennessee Titans, national golf, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs and various other sports.

I'm a die-hard UT and Atlanta Braves fan. I also cheer for the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks and Arsenal Gunners, though I'm not a rabid fan of any.

I have a beautiful wife and baby son, and I live in New Market, AL and work in missile defense. I am a Christian who attends Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Flintville, Tenn., and I'm a 2002 graduate of the University of Tennessee.

I enjoy fishing, watching sports, playing sports, hanging with my family and reading books. My favorite books are Stephen King's Dark Tower series, Mudbound, The Help and the Song of Fire and Ice series.

My favorite shows on TV are Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, LOST, 24.

A few of favorite movies of mine are Forrest Gump, Almost Famous, The Big Lebowski, There Will Be Blood, the Nolan Batman movies, A River Runs Through It and An Unfinished Life.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Atlanta Braves
  • NBA Atlanta Hawks
  • NFL Atlanta Falcons
  • NCAAF Tennessee Volunteers
  • NCAAB Tennessee Volunteers
  • Golf Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Luke List
  • Soccer Arsenal Gunners
User Blog

100 Days of Vols #3 - The Great Peyton Manning

Tennessee football fans knew Peyton Manning was special every time he laced up the cleats on Saturdays. We even believed he'd be an NFL Hall of Famer. But to become the ambassador he has been for the program and to turn into arguably the most beloved

100 Days of Vols #7 - Neyland Stadium

One of college football's greatest venues stands like a majestic fortress on the river. Hopefully, it's one where Butch Jones and his new coaching staff returns us to football royalty.

100 Days of Vols #9 - The 98 National Championship

It has been a long time ago now, but the Tennessee Volunteers won the first ever BCS National Championship back in 1998 ... and they did so in dramatic fashion.

Rebuilding Tennessee Brick By Brick

With the football season rapidly approaching, Tennessee fans hope Butch Jones can coach as well as he can recruit. But what Jones has done on the trail with prospects is nothing short of remarkable.

100 Days of Vols - #14 Aldra Wilson

Some people are born leaders. Al Wilson was one of the greatest leaders in Tennessee football history. He cared more than anybody else, and he found ways to get it done -- including willing the Vols to a 1998 national championship.

100 Days of Vols -- #15 The Vol Walk

For the past 23 years, the Tennessee Volunteers have made their way through throngs of rowdy fans as part of the pregame festivities.

Tennessee Uniform Change: Old Meets New

The Tennessee football brand isn't old and stagnant, but a little facelift doesn't hurt.

100 Days of Vols #16 -- Reggie White

When it comes to Tennessee legends, the Minister of Defense is right up there with Peyton Manning as far as collegiate + NFL careers.

TN Recruiting: DaVonte Lambert Commits To The Vols

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman from Georgia Military College gives Tennessee a major commitment at a major position of need.

100 Days of Vols #21 -- The Great 21

When Tennessee passed from the very capable hands of Andy Kelly to the gun-slinging Western North Carolina native, Heath Shuler helped take the Vols to the next level.

100 Days of Vols #23 -- The Blossoming Of Careers

This is the time of year when Tennessee fans read every morsel of information about recruits. And sometimes -- just sometimes -- we hear great things about players who we hope will be the next Vols legends. UT fans are hoping the preseason talk cente

100 Days of Vols #28 -- General Neyland's Maxims

Once upon a time back in the 1930s, legendary Tennessee football coach General Robert Neyland wrote up a list of 38 maxims to be successful in football. Seven persevered. They're still keys to playing winning football.

100 Days of the Vols #30 - Big Orange Ownership

The Vols have beaten Vanderbilt 28 of the past 30 years and Kentucky in 29 of the past 31 years. That's ownership at its finest, folks.

100 Days of Vols #35: Knowing '95 Repeat Is Coming

Hopefully, we won't have to wait NINE years for it, but after six consecutive seasons of losing to Alabama, you know that cycle is wheeling back around. Just ... when?

Four-Star Linebacker Kevin Mouhon Commits To Vols

One of the big "Norcross Three" committed to UT on Sunday, giving the Vols their third four-star linebacker commitment in the 2014 class.

RaShaan Gaulden Provides Another Key UT Commit

The Tennessee Volunteers picked up another big need on Saturday as Foundation Week provides commit #5 in Nashville defensive back.

100 Days of Vols #42 - Knock, Knock

Everybody remembers Big Al Wilson because of his heart, his leadership and his incredible linebacking skills. But UT had another All-American linebacker on that second level who sometimes is a bit overlooked.

Booth Will Be Catching Balls For the Vols

Tennessee gets a commitment from four-star wide receiver Dominique Booth of Indianapolis.

Raulerson Makes It 3 Commits In 5 Days For Vols

Athletic Tampa Plant OL Ray Raulerson gives UT and Coach Don Mahoney their third offensive line pledge of the 2014 class.

100 Days of Vols #44 - Tennessee Boys

For all the recruiting talk about this state not being able to produce the same caliber player as other states, we've sure had a lot of success in the past recruiting Tennessee boys. I'm partial to them because I am one.

Cortez McDowell Will Wear Orange and White

Tennessee grabs hard-hitting safety Cortez McDowell, who chose the Vols over some of the best teams in the country.

Lauderdale Commitment Provides Instant Impact

Tennessee's 19th known commitment for the 2014 recruiting class is one of the Vols' top remaining targets.

100 Days of Vols #49 - Covering the Team

For a young sports reporter, fulfilling a lifelong dream in college was a pretty cool experience.

100 Days of Vols #51 - Singing Our Alma Mater

At halftime of Tennessee football games in Neyland Stadium, we all stand and sing in unison our proud alma mater.

100 Days of Vols #52 - A Football Miracle

From "Oh, it's a blowout," to an all-time great game, the Miracle at South Bend will forever be remembered as one of the most improbable wins in UT history.

100 Days of Vols #56 - Legacies

Like every program, Tennessee has its share of family members who have played for the Vols throughout the years. It just so happens in UT's case, the legacies normally become legends.

100 Days of Vols #58 - The Ultimate Sacrifice

Bill Nowling, Rudy Klarer, Willis Tucker and Clyde Fuson will forever have their names and numbers hanging across the facade of Neyland Stadium. That's because they paid the ultimate price for our country.

Big Brick In the Legacy Class Laid With Bates

Ponte Vedra Beach (Fla.) HS linebacker Dillon Bates finally made his commitment to Tennessee official Wednesday night at The Opening.

100 Days of Vols #63 -- The All-SEC Stopgap

Every time Tony Thompson's number was called during his career, he answered in a major way.

100 Days of Vols #65 - Absolutely Peerless

Former Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Peerless Price had an incredible career in Knoxville, punctuated by highlight-reel, game-changing plays.

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