Shannon Sharpe

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Shannon Sharpe
Shannon Sharpe at Super Bowl XLI pre-game show in Miami.jpg
Sharpe on The NFL Today pre-game show
for Super Bowl XLI
No. 84, 82
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-06-26) June 26, 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Glennville (GA)
College: Savannah State
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 7 / Pick: 192
Debuted in 1990 for the Denver Broncos
Last played in 2003 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 815
Receiving yards 10,060
Touchdowns 62
Stats at NFL.com

Shannon Sharpe (born June 26, 1968) is a retired American football tight end who played for the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL) and a former commentator for CBS Sports on its NFL telecasts.

He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and inducted on August 6, 2011. Sharpe played 12 seasons for the Broncos (1990–99, 2002–03) and two years with the Ravens (2000–01), winning three Super Bowls and finishing his career as the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions (815), receiving yards (10,060) and receiving touchdowns (62) by a tight end [1] until Tony Gonzalez surpassed all three of these records, including breaking his total yardage record on October 5, 2008. Sharpe holds the distinction of being the first tight end ever to amass over 10,000 receiving yards.[2] Shannon was also named a member of the NFL's first team All-Decade team of the 1990s.[1]

Early life[edit]

Shannon, the younger brother of former NFL star wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, grew up poor in Glennville, Georgia. He once joked, "We were so poor, a robber once broke into our house and we ended up robbing the robber."[3] Sharpe graduated with a degree in criminal justice from Savannah State College (since 1996 Savannah State University). He commented: "I was a terrible student. I didn't graduate magna cum laude, I graduated 'Thank you, Lawdy!'"[4] At Savannah State he played football and basketball and competed in the triple jump in track and field.

Sharpe was a three-time All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection from 1987 to 1989 and the SIAC Player of the Year in 1987. He was also selected as a Kodak Division II All-American in 1989. He led the Tigers' football team to their best records in the program's history: 7-3 in 1988 and 8-1 in 1989. He was inducted into the Division II Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

NFL career[edit]

Sharpe was drafted in the 7th round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, 192nd overall. He remained with Denver until 1999,[5] winning two championship rings in Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII in the process. After the 1997 season[6] championship, his first, he appeared on General Mills' Wheaties boxes with four other Broncos. After a two-year stint with the Baltimore Ravens, where he won another championship ring in Super Bowl XXXV, he returned to the Broncos. He played there until 2003.[7] Then he retired to become an NFL broadcaster for CBS, where his brother Sterling also works as an analyst.

Career statistics[edit]

Ozzie Newsome, Hall-of-Fame tight end, Ravens' general manager, and the man responsible for signing Sharpe before the 2000 season had this to say about him: "I think he's a threat when he's on the field. He has to be double-teamed. He's a great route-runner. He's proven that he can make the big plays. That's what separates him. He's a threat." Sharpe was selected All-Pro 4 times, played in eight Pro Bowls (1992–1998, 2001) and amassed over 1,000 receiving yards in three different seasons. In a 1993 playoff game against the Los Angeles Raiders, Sharpe tied a postseason record with 13 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown. In the Ravens 2000 AFC title game against the Raiders, he caught a short pass on 3rd down and 18 from his own four-yard line and took it 96 yards for a touchdown, assisting his team to a 16-3 win. Sharpe also caught a 50+ yard pass in each of their other two playoff games. He finished his 14-year career with 815 receptions for 10,060 yards and 62 touchdowns in 203 games.

Career receiving statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Rec Yards Y/R TDs
1990 Denver Broncos 16 7 99 14.1 1
1991 Denver Broncos 16 22 322 14.6 1
1992 Denver Broncos 16 53 640 12.1 2
1993 Denver Broncos 16 81 995 12.3 9
1994 Denver Broncos 15 87 1,010 11.6 4
1995 Denver Broncos 13 63 756 12 4
1996 Denver Broncos 15 80 1,062 13.3 10
1997 Denver Broncos 16 72 1,107 15.4 3
1998 Denver Broncos 16 64 768 12.0 10
1999 Denver Broncos 5 23 224 9.7 0
2000 Baltimore Ravens 16 67 810 12.1 5
2001 Baltimore Ravens 16 73 811 11.1 2
2002 Denver Broncos 12 61 686 11.2 3
2003 Denver Broncos 15 62 770 12.4 8
Total - 203 815 10,060 12.3 62

Post-playing career[edit]

Sharpe was a commentator for the CBS Sports pregame show The NFL Today, including the Sprint Halftime Report and the Subway Postgame Show, replacing Deion Sanders and co-hosting with James Brown (formerly with Fox NFL Sunday), former NFL quarterbacks Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason as well as former coach Bill Cowher.[8] In the 2004 NFL regular season,[9] Sharpe defeated Marino and Esiason in the pick 'em game of The NFL Today with a 53-21 record. His critics say that his broadcasting skills are hurt by his poor grammar and enunciation of words (Sharpe has a very noticeable lisp and drawl). A satirical article on The Onion joked "CBS Producers Ask Shannon Sharpe To Use at Least 3 Real Words Per Sentence." [10] On February 18, 2014, it was announced that Sharpe, along with Dan Marino were being relieved of their duties as on-air commentators on The NFL Today and were being replaced by recent NFL retiree Tony Gonzalez.[11]

In 2013, Sharpe became a columnist and spokesperson for FitnessRX For Men magazine and appeared on their September, 2013 cover.

Sharpe also appeared on SIRIUS NFL Radio's Opening Drive on Friday mornings, but is no longer affiliated with the channel.[citation needed]

Sharpe was among the 17 finalists being considered for enshrinement at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. However, he was passed over in his first year in a class that included Bruce Smith, Ralph Wilson, Derrick Thomas and Rod Woodson. On October 23, 2009, the NCAA Division II Football Hall of Fame announced that Sharpe would be inducted in December of that year. In addition, Savannah State University also retired Sharpe's No. 2 jersey.[12]

On November 28, 2010, Sharpe was nominated as semi-finalist for induction into the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with Art Modell and 24 others, among them Jerome Bettis, Roger Craig, Marshall Faulk, and Deion Sanders. Subsequently, on February 6, 2011, Shannon Sharpe was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sharpe was escorted to the Hall of Fame ceremony by Canton native Haley Smith, continuing the tradition of pageant winners escorting the inductees.[13] He also appeared on the American Dad! episode "The Scarlett Getter", portraying himself.

In 2014, Sharpe said on Twitter that he was unhappy with Saturday Night Live's September 27 episode, when Jay Pharaoh impersonated him in a skit poking fun at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Personal life[edit]

In September of 2010 a temporary restraining order was placed against Sharpe by Michele Bundy;[14] with whom he shares a child. Bundy accused Sharpe of forced sex, death threats and stalking. [15] Atlanta court documents cite Sharpe in 10 separate cases involving Sharpe and his former partners. [16] Including an August 2004 Simple Battery charge that was dismissed.[17]

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