- Shannon Sharpe
number=81, 84, 82
birthdate=birth date and age|1968|6|26
* Denver Broncos (2002-2003)
Pro Bowlselection (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001)
All-Proselection (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
Super Bowlchampion (XXXII, XXXIII, XXXV)
NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
Shannon Sharpe (born
June 26, 1968in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American Football tight endwho played for the Denver Broncosand Baltimore Ravensof the National Football League. Sharpe is known both for his creative commentary and trash talking. Among tight ends, he was the NFL's all-time yardage leader until Tony Gonzales surpassed his record October 5, 2008..
Shannon, the younger brother of former NFL 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." [http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E86%257E2154971,00.html 404 - The requested page could not be found ] ]
Sharpe graduated with a degree in
criminal justicefrom 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!'" At Savannah State he played football and basketballand competed in triple jump.
Sharpe was selected in the 7th round of the
1990 NFL Draft, 192nd overall, by the Broncos. [http://www.nfl.com/draft/history/years/1990#round7] He had a mediocre rookie season as a wide receiver, until Broncos head coach Dan Reevesconvinced him to convert to tight end. He remained with Denver until 1999[ [http://www.nfl.com/history/chronology/1991-2000#1999 NFL History by Decade ] ] , winning two championship rings in Super Bowl XXXIIand Super Bowl XXXIIIin the process. After the 1997season [ [http://www.nfl.com/history/chronology/1991-2000#1997 NFL History by Decade ] ] championship, his first, he appeared on General Mills' Wheatiesboxes with four other Broncos. [http://www.wheaties.com/champions/championslist.asp?id=76] 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[ [http://www.nfl.com/history/chronology/2001-#2003 NFL History by Decade ] ] . Then he retired to become an NFL broadcaster for CBS. [http://www.nfl.com/teams/story/DEN/7387886]
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 8 Pro Bowls(1992-1998, 2001) and amassed over 1,000 receiving yards in 3 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 4-yard line and took it 96 yards for a touchdown, assisting his team to a 16-3 win. He finished his 14 year career with 815 receptions for 10,060 yards and 62 touchdowns in 204 games.
Career receiving statistics
Sharpe is a
commentatorfor the CBS Sportspregame show " The NFL Today", including the " NextelHalftime Report" and the "Subway Postgame Show", replacing Deion Sandersand co-hosting with James Brown (formerly with " FOX NFL Sunday") and former NFL quarterbacks Dan Marinoand Boomer Esiason. [ [http://cbs.sportsline.com/cbssports/nfltoday NFL Today - CBSSports.com ] ] In the 2004NFL regular season [ [http://www.nfl.com/history/chronology/2001-#2004 NFL History by Decade ] ] , 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 pronunciation of words (Sharpe has a very noticeable lispand drawl).
Sharpe also appears on SIRIUS NFL Radio's "Movin' The Chains" and writes a column on NFL.com. [http://www.nfl.com/writers/sharpe]
Sharpe now resides in Glennville in his free time. On the
National Football League Players' AssociationPlayers Inc. Web site [ [http://www.nflplayers.com NFL Players Association ] ] , while he played in Denver, he cited his hobbiesas fishing, basketball, weight lifting, and spending time with his Rottweiler dogs. He also played in the 2005 World Series of Poker.
Sharpe will be eligible for the
Pro Football Hall of Famein 2009.
*People Sharpe has commented on:
New England Patriots: "Mr. President, call in the National Guard! Send as many men as you can spare! Because we are killing the Patriots! They need emergency help!" (during a 34 - 8 rout vs. the Patriots on November 17, 1996) [ [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/football/nfl/05/17/sharpe.retrospective/index.html SI.com - NFL - Shannon Sharpe career retrospective - Monday May 17, 2004 10:38PM ] ]
Plaxico Burress: "Plexiglas"
Chad Ocho Cinco: "ocho no-show" instead of "ocho cinco"
Corey Dillon, "the biggest robberysince the Louisiana Purchase" ("Subway Postgame Show", 2005-01-16, AFC divisional game IND 3 - NE 20)
Jake Plummer: "They're about to take out the 'SN' in Snake and put an 'F' in front of it." (from "Movin' the Chains") [ [http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~86~2650217,00.html 404 - The requested page could not be found ] ]
Kyle Boller: "You do have your teammates behind you: your fullback and your halfback, and that’s only because they have to be." [ [http://ravens.scout.com/2/469290.html?refid=3638 Scout.com: More Sharpe criticism for Boller ] ]
Kyle Boller: "I've got a better chance of winning the Kentucky Derbyon the back of a donkey than they have of winning the Super Bowl with Kyle Boller."
** Head Coach
Tom Coughlin: "I would rather die in an abandoned building alone, and my family not know what happened, than play for Coughlin."
London Fletcher-Baker: "LondonFletcher-Baker.com; he's logged in."
** Jacksonville Jaguars' strategy in a divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots: "Nothing cheap, nothing deep." (
January 12, 2008)
Ray Buchanan, who wore a dog collar to Media Day and has guaranteed an Atlanta victory in Super Bowl XXXIII: "Had anybody heard of Ray Buchanan before he got to Atlanta?"
** After Buchanan's assertion that Sharpe looked like a horse: "I've never called anybody ugly. Do I think people are ugly? Yeah, I think he's ugly, but I've never said that...Is he my friend? No. Did I ever view him as a friend? No. Do I view him as an acquaintance? No. Do I like him? No. If I see him in a snowstorm, his truck is broke down, mine is going perfectly, would I pick him up? No."
Steve DeBerg: "DeBerg is old enough to be my father, and he's still in the league. How old is DeBerg, 105?"
O.J. Santiago: "Santiago? Who, Benito?"
Eugene Robinson: "He can't out-talk me or cover me. He went to Colgate, but I'm smarter than he is. I might bump into him. I know he's not going to be covering me one-on-one. We know that's not going to happen, don't we?"
** About the four people he'd invite to a dinner party: "
Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Michael Jordanand Halle Berry. I'd talk to Gates, Buffett and Jordan first, and then me and Halle would go get another table in the back that's candlelit. And I'd let them discuss whatever they want to discuss."
* "I won't talk about someone's mother. I won't talk about their girlfriend or their wife, but if you have a deformity, I would talk about that."
* About growing up in Georgia and hating the
Atlanta Falcons: "I've pretty much been in Atlanta my whole life, and I never liked the Falcons. What was there to like about them? They lost all the time. If you had a pair of cleats on and you were in Fulton County, they'd put you in the ballgame, they were so bad. For $20, you could sit in the luxury box with the owner."
* About the Indianapolis Colts Defense winning the Super Bowl: "I have a better chance of hitting a home-run grand slam in Yankee's Stadium with a toothpick."
* On QB
Rex Grossman's first-half performance in Super Bowl XLI: "Rex Grossman is exactly who I thought he was...inconsistent!"
* [http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/1329 NFL.com - Shannon Sharpe]
* [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/team/ssharpe CBS Sports Team - CBS SportsLine.com]
* [http://www.wheaties.com/champions/championslist.asp?id=76 Wheaties]
* "The NFL Today" weekly transcripts 2004: Wk [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/news/week1nflnotes 1] | [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/news/week2nflnotes 2] | [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/news/week3nflnotes 3] |4| [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/news/week5nflnotes 5] | [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/news/week6nflnotes 6] | [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/news/week7nflnotes 7] | [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/news/week8nflnotes 8] | [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/news/week9nflnotes 9] |10| [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/news/week11nflnotes 11] | [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/news/week12nflnotes 12] | [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/news/week13nflnotes 13] |14| [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/news/121804_notes 15] | [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/news/122604notes 16] | [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/news/010304notes 17] | [http://www.sportsline.com/cbssports/news/010905weekend Wild Card]
* [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/writers/peter_king/05/24/king.mmqb/ SI.com - Writers - Peter King MMQB: With Shannon Sharpe, what you hear is what you get - Monday
May 24, 200412:45PM]
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