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Missouri Football Player Overcomes to be Part of Championship Team

Missouri Football Player Overcomes to be Part of Championship Team
By: Ryan Tate

BERNIE, Mo. - Bernie native Brandon Shipman plays defensive line for the #1 ranked Missouri Tigers football team.  But you will not find his name in any box score.  He has not played in a game this year.

Shipman walked-on to the team in 2007 after serving as a student assistant last year.

Shipman's story is inspirational, when you consider he did not play football in high school, and survived a deadly automobile crash in 2003.

Shipman was one of five people in a jeep that overturned and crashed into a tree.  All five people onboard were on the Bernie basketball team.  Two of them died.  The crash ripped apart Shipman's knee and it required multiple surgeries to reconstruct it.

That was not the reason Shipman did not play football in high school.  He did not play because Bernie does not have a high school football team. 

Missouri coaches told him it would not be fair for them to let Brandon walk-on, ahead of players who have played football in high school.  Brandon continued to work hard, and eventually, was accepted as a walk-on.

"We are so proud of him," Ronnie Shipman said. Ronnie is Brandon's Dad. "The fact that he is on the team is amazing.  He has such a good work ethic.  I just hope it transfers to his grades as well." 

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