NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe is considered one of the greatest Tight Ends to ever play the game. On Friday, June 21st he will be in Edmonton, Alberta when the Edmonton Eskimos take on the BC Lions in a clash against the Esks former MOP Quarterback of many years, Mike Reilly.
A seventh-round draft pick out of Savannah State, Sharpe enjoyed a 14-year career with the Denver Broncos (1990-99, 2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2000-01). During his first tenure with Denver, Sharpe was voted to seven consecutive Pro Bowls from 1992-98, earned the prestigious first-team All-Pro honors an impressive four times and was voted the first-team tight end on the 1990s All-Decade Team. He finished his career with 815 receptions for 10,060 yards (12.3 avg.) and 62 touchdowns, ranking in the top five all-time among tight ends in each category. He received the ultimate individual honor when he was selected for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
A career that checked all boxes, Sharpe’s résumé also boasts an impressive list of team accomplishments. A member of three different Super Bowl Champion teams, Sharpe enjoyed back-to-back titles with the Broncos in 1997 and 1998 and returned to the NFL’s summit with the Ravens in 2000.
Sharpe holds the NFL post-season record for longest reception, a 96-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown at Oakland in the 2000 AFC Championship Game. He also holds the NFL record for most receiving yards in a game by a tight end (214). A big-game performer who played his best under the brightest lights, Sharpe appeared in 12 post-season contests as a Bronco – all starts – and ranks third in franchise playoff history in receptions (47) and fourth in receiving yards (505).
Sharpe first transitioned from the field to a broadcast career in 2004, as a commentator for CBS Sports’ “The NFL Today,” appearing on pregame, halftime and postgame shows, where he served for close to 10 years. In addition to his television work, Sharpe served as a radio host for Sirius NFL Radio’s “Opening Drive” morning program alongside Bob Papa. In 2013, he also took to writing as a columnist and spokesperson for “FitnessRX For Men” magazine and appeared on the cover of the publication’s September 2013 issue.
Shannon Sharpe is the co-host for the sports opinion and debate show SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED, airing weekdays on FS1. Three-time Super Bowl Champion and Pro Football Hall of Famer squares off opposite co-host Skip Bayless, discussing the top sports topics of the day.