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John Sheffield

School: Lincoln

Sports Played: Football, Lacrosse

High School Honors: 2 Football letters. 1st Team All-PIL, 1st Team All-State as Senior, leading Receiver in yards and receptions in Oregon, State Champion Team Captain, National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete. 3 Lacrosse letters, 1st Team All-PIL as Junior and Senior, 1st Team All-State and All-American as Senior.

Post High School Career: 4 years of Football at Yale. All-Ivy and 3rd Team All-American in Football. Played Professional Football in Europe for L’Hospitalet Pioners. Coached Football in Barcelona and at Lincoln High School. Worked as COO of ESM Prep. Earned MBA from Berkeley Haas. Currently an Operating Partner at SPUR Acquisitions.


When I was in eighth grade, football at Lincoln had been mired in perennial mediocrity and many friends and excellent athletes selected the other private school powerhouses because those seemed to be the only options if you cared about football. But the class of 2006, as well as several classes before and after me at Lincoln, set out to change that reputation. My class went something like 43-3 between freshman, JV, and two years on varsity. We lost the 2005 state championship in the final minutes. We didn't expect that, nor did we explicitly set out to reach a state championship. But we believed in ourselves and each other, held ourselves accountable, prioritized the group ahead of individuals, and genuinely enjoyed playing with each other.

Those lessons have become guiding principles in life beyond sports. If a team has talent, holds itself accountable, and enjoys working together, it can deliver transformative results.

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