Nate Shepherd - PaleoZone Athlete



Athlete Profile

Nathan Shepherd is a Canadian-born American football defensive end for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Fort Hays State and Simon Fraser.

Nate’s agent, Bardia Ghahremani introduced him to Dan Maher, founder of PaleoZone. Bardia wanted to increase the likelihood of Nate’s chances at the draft.

Dan designed a specific meal program to meet Nate’s weight and leanness goals and Nate followed the PaleoZone meal program exactly as prescribed.

In 2.5 months, Nate was able to drop 11.8 lbs of body fat (4%) and gain over 30lbs of lean muscle to catch the eyes of the NFL. We’re proud to be part of Nate’s success and the fact that he was drafted #2 by the New York Jets in 2018.


At Simon Fraser University, Shepherd red-shirted his first year and was able to start every game his second year as a defensive end. He left the university after a total of two years, as he wasn’t able to pay tuition. After leaving Simon Fraser, Shepherd spent time at working various jobs including at a plant nursery, electrical construction, and a boxing factory. Fort Hays State later reached out to Shepherd, and Shepherd was able to pay his first semester of tuition before being put on athletic scholarship. After his 2017 season, Shepherd was named the MIAA defensive player of the year. He was also invited to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl.

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