Shannon Sharpe

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Shannon Sharpe
Shannon Sharpe at Super Bowl XLI pre-game show in Miami.jpg
Shannon, in 2007, during the Super Bowl XLI pre-game show in Miami.
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Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1968-06-26) June 26, 1968 (age 51)
Chicago, Illinois
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Glennville (Glennville, Georgia)
College: Savannah State
NFL Draft: 1990  / Round: 7 / Pick: 192
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:10,060
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Shannon Sharpe (born June 26, 1968) is a former American football tight end who played for the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL), as well as a former analyst for CBS Sports on its NFL telecasts. He is a TV presenter who co-hosts Skip and Shannon: Undisputed with Skip Bayless.


Sharpe was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6, 2011. He played 12 seasons for the Broncos (1990–1999, 2002–2003) and two with the Ravens (2000–2001), 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 and Jason Witten surpassed all three of those records. He was the first tight end to amass over 10,000 receiving yards. [2] He was named to the First Team of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s. [1]

Early life

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] 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 also competed in track and field. In track, he competed in jumping and throwing events. He had personal-bests of 6.73 meters in the long jump and 14.73 meters in the triple jump. He also got a top throw of 42.06 meters in the discus throw. [5]

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

Pre-draft measurables
HeightWeightArm lengthHand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 1 14 in
(1.86 m)
221 lb
(100 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.67 s1.61 s2.81 s1.25 s34 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
All values from NFL Combine [6]

Sharpe was drafted 192nd overall in the 1990 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He remained with Denver until 1999, [7] winning two championship rings at Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII in the process. After the 1997 season [8] 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 at Super Bowl XXXV, he returned to the Broncos. He played there until 2003. [9] From there, he retired to become an NFL analyst for CBS.

Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' general manager, said of Sharpe during his career: "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 to the All-Pro Team four 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 Oakland Raiders, he caught a short pass on third down and 18 from his own four-yard line and took it 96 yards for a touchdown, the only touchdown the Ravens scored, en route to a 16–3 Ravens' 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.

NFL career statistics

1990 DEN 1679914.11
1991 DEN 162232214.61
1992 DEN 165364012.12
1993 DEN 168199512.39
1994 DEN 15871,01011.64
1995 DEN 1363756124
1996 DEN 15801,06213.310
1997 DEN 16721,10715.43
1998 DEN 166476812.010
1999 DEN 5232249.70
2000 BAL 166781012.15
2001 BAL 167381111.12
2002 DEN 126168611.23
2003 DEN 156277012.48


A woman claiming to be Sharpe's girlfriend, Michelle Bundy, filed for a restraining order against him on September 9, 2010, in an Atlanta court. [10] Bundy accused Sharpe of sexual assault and threatening her life; according to legal documents obtained by SportsByBrooks, Bundy claimed she was forced to have sex with Sharpe and that Sharpe called and threatened her life, placed her under surveillance and would call to say he was watching her. [11] [12] The restraining order was dismissed the following week, with Bundy accused of fabricating her claims against Sharpe. [13]

Post-playing career

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. [14] In the 2004 NFL regular season, [15] 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." [16] 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 Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott. [17]

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

Sharpe currently hosts Sirius NFL Radio's Opening Drive morning program, alongside Bob Papa.

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. [18]

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.

After his retirement, Shannon has been a social media staple, going viral for his antics and sports commentary [19] He also appeared on the American Dad! episode "The Scarlett Getter", portraying himself.

Sharpe joined Skip Bayless in FS1's sports debate show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed which premiered on September 6, 2016. [20]

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