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Shanle is introduced to the Exeter-Milligan student body by Hannah Horne.
Shanle is surrounded by Exeter-Milligan students even after they had the
opportunity for a question and answer period. They “might” have wanted to see
his super bowl ring?
Super Bowl ring up close and personnel was a thrill for Exeter-Milligan
Shanle, a St. Edward, Neb. graduate walked on at the University of Nebraska
before earning a scholarship to play for the University. After graduating, he
went on to play in the NFL for the St. Louis Rams, the Dallas Cowboys and for
the Superbowl Champion New Orleans Saints.
Exeter-Milligan sweatshirt he was given the last time he spoke in Exeter,
Shanle explained that he wears it regularly, “Of all of the speeches I’ve done
I remember you more than any other. I remember your compassion. You are
everything a small town Nebraska should be about.”
planned to talk about his football experience, “My story is not so much about
sports but about the things you will face. There will be obstacles along
the way but you need goals. Keywords are goals, perseverance and
talked about some of the obstacles he faced as he dreamed of a football
scholarship to Nebraska.
One of the
most important factors he learned was “trying to have a positive attitude
during adversity which helped me get to the next step.”
especially difficult as he entered the NFL and eventually found himself picked
up by the two teams he never wanted to play for, Dallas and New Orleans.
about a special moment during the Super Bowl when he realized his team was
going to win, “I saw all of my football moments playing through my head and I
realized that moment would have never happened if I hadn’t made it through
encouraged the Exeter-Milligan students to set goals even though they won’t
meet them all. “You have to be ok with failure.”
He told the
students there are three types of people, those who want, who wish and who make
encouraged the students to find their passion in life. They may not
recognize it now, but find something they like to do.
explained that he continues to write goals for himself as his career continues
to change. Even though he has left the professional football field
behind, he continues to be involved as a TV analyst for the Saints.
them to remember, “You are still writing your story. . .times will get
tough. Have a positive attitude.”
students were given an open question and answer time and spent over twenty
minutes asking him everything from what his favorite color was to his opinion
on Nebraska Coach Scott Frost.
asked if he had any advice for graduating seniors, “It’s going to be scary
whatever you do. There will be uneasiness and it will be
uncomfortable. Get through those moments and stay positive. That
The students asked him where he enjoyed playing football the most, “In high
school. That was the most pure form of football without politics or
love to move his family back to Nebraska and contribute to the Nebraska
coaching staff in the opportunity arose.