Cornerback Tee Shepard is leaving the Ole Miss football team.
Shepard announced his decision in a statement through the school’s media relations staff this afternoon.
Shepard has a hearing disability, and that has contributed to a lack of playing time for the former five-star recruit.
Shepard, native of Fresno, Calif., and a former Notre Dame signee, will continue to work on his degree at Ole Miss.
“The injuries and challenges I have overcome the last few years have taken away my love for playing the game of football,” Shepard said.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said Monday that he had been meeting with Shepard and exploring different ways for him to be successful on the field.
“While we had hoped Tee would continue playing, he has chosen to conclude his career and focus on finishing his degree here at Ole Miss,” Freeze said. “We respect his decision and wish him the very best. He will always be part of our family, and we hope he continues to use his platform to impact others.”
Shepard has shared his story to encourage others with hearing loss. In late July he was a guest speaker at the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf.
He had appeared in all five games this season and had been credited with two tackles and one pass break-up.
“I want to thank Rebel Nation for the support they have shown me in my time here. I want to especially thank coach 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.”