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PRESS PHOTO COURTESY OF MORAVIAN ATHLETICSNorthwestern Lehigh High School graduate Matt Shields recently competed his football career at Moravian College. PRESS PHOTO COURTESY OF MORAVIAN ATHLETICSNorthwestern Lehigh High School graduate Matt Shields recently competed his football career at Moravian College.

Shields found what he wanted at Moravian

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

When Matt Shields looked around for colleges, he ultimately decided to stick fairly close to home and attend a school that had a good business management program and a good football team to be a part of. He found all that he was looking for when he committed to playing at Moravian after graduating from Northwestern Lehigh in 2016.

Now, his football career as a Greyhound is over after a season-ending loss to rival Muhlenberg this past Saturday and he’s closing in on graduation next spring.

He was able to follow his dreams of both playing college football and getting a degree in business management.

“Everything here went super well,” said Shields of his four years at Moravian. “I love the football program and it’s really like a brotherhood. They brought me so many friends and so many people that I never thought I would be so close to. I’m so happy that I came here and that I got taught to be a better person, be a better man and got help for my future. The program here at Moravian was just awesome.”

Shields played in 17 games over his four years as a part of the Greyhounds offensive line. In his time with Moravian, the team put up a 16-24 record and struggled against rival Muhlenberg, losing all four of their season-ending matchups. This season, Moravian went on a nice run to win four of its final six games to finish at 4-6 overall and 4-5 in the Centennial Conference.

“Yeah, we would have liked to do better,” admitted Shields. “It’s still been a great experience and we learned a lot about ourselves and about how we need to carry ourselves. It’s not all about the record and we can still be proud of how we played.”

A year after Shields arrived at Moravian, former Northwestern Lehigh teammate Trevor Cunningham joined the team. The comaradery at Northwestern is something like the atmosphere at Moravian and Cunningham was able to fit right into the program.

For Shields, having another former Tiger on the team added to the experience.

“It’s awesome having another brother come in from high school and having a kid that I can help build up who is younger than me,” he said. “It’s always nice to play with guys from the past and he’s doing a great job.”

With graduation on the horizon and the football season over for Shields, the feeling is somewhat bittersweet. He has gotten so much out of the experience and enjoys the friendships from his time at Moravian, but also admits that he is ready to move into the next phase of his life.

“It’s definitely going to be tough getting away from all of my friends here,” said Shields after his final time in a Moravian uniform. “But I would like to get out there and make a little bit of money.”