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Shannon Sharpe
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Sharpe on The NFL Today pre-game show
for Super Bowl XLI
No. 81, 84, 82
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1968-06-26) June 26, 1968 (age 49)
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
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 815
Receiving yards: 10,060
Touchdowns: 62
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 (1990–99, 2002–03) and two 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 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[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 (n/k/a 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 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[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,[6] winning two championship rings in Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII in the process. After the 1997 season[7] 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.[8] From there, he retired to become an NFL analyst for CBS.

Career statistics[edit]

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 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, 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.

Career receiving statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Rec Yards Avg 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


Shannon Sharpe was charged with misdemeanor simple battery for removing Ericka Evans, the mother of one of his children, from his home on June 29, 2004. Evans is one of three women who have been in and out of Fulton County civil court with Sharpe since March 1994. The 10 court cases between Sharpe and the women include paternity and domestic matters.[9] Shannon Sharpe's girlfriend Michelle Bundy filed a restraining order on September 9, 2010 in an Atlanta court, making this the 10th complaint filed against Sharpe in 16 years.[10] Bundy accused Sharpe of sexual assault and threatening her life, according to legal documents obtained by SportsByBrooks. Bundy was allegedly forced to have sex with Sharpe. The restraining order petition also says Sharpe called and threatened her life along with placing her under surveillance and would call to say he was watching her.[11]

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.[12] In the 2004 NFL regular season,[13] 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."[14] 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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17] He also appeared on the American Dad! episode "The Scarlett Getter", portraying himself.

Sharpe joined Skip Bayless in FS1's new debate show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed which premiered on September 6, 2016.[18]


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  2. ^ "Shannon Sharpe News, Videos, Photos, and PodCasts - ESPN". Retrieved 2014-09-13. 
  3. ^ Saunders, Patrick (February 6, 2011). "The life and times of Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Sharpe Retrospective". Sports Illustrated. May 17, 2004. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  5. ^ "Shannon Sharpe". 
  6. ^ "NFL History by Decade". 
  7. ^ "NFL History by Decade". 
  8. ^ "NFL History by Decade". 
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  12. ^ NFL Today - Archived June 16, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ NFL History by Decade
  14. ^ "The Onion - America's Finest News Source". 
  15. ^ Nate Davis (2014-02-18). "CBS hires Tony Gonzalez, parts with two Hall-of-Fame analysts". Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  16. ^ Denver, The (October 23, 2009). "Former Bronco Sharpe going into D-II hall". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  17. ^ "Bleacher Report". Bleacher Report. 
  18. ^ Pugmire, Lance (August 29, 2016). "Skip Bayless rising early, promises 'deeper' debate for new Fox Sports 1 show". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 

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