Watch UTEP’s Latest Miner Legend Neville “The Shadow” Shed
Never shy, UTEP fans were treated to a true Miner legend as the university honored one of its 1966 greats, Neville “The Shadow” Shed.
If you watched Glory Road, you might remember Shed as the guy Don Haskins threw off the team at practice one day but couldn’t get rid of. He wouldn’t leave! Though the circumstances were dramatized, the incident really happened.
Credit Shed for sticking around and playing some great defense, which is what gave him his nickname, “The Shadow”, as in “Shed would guard his man so close he was like his shadow.”
Despite his coach almost throwing him off the team, during the halftime ceremony Saturday Shed reiterated the love and connection he had with Don Haskins, saying, “One, I’m a child of God. Two, I’m the proud son of the late Lilly May James Shed. And three, I’m a Don Haskins product.”
That connection was something Shed talked about before the ceremony honoring Haskins after the legendary Bear passed away in 2008.
A fourth-round draft choice of the Boston Celtics in 1967, Shed’s pro career was cut short by a knee injury.
He retired from UTSA — the Miners’ opponent Saturday — a few years back, but remains engaged with the communities of both his alma mater and his employer.
To no one’s surprise, he’s also an active public speaker.
Here’s to No. 32.