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Height: 6-2
Weight: 240
College: Savannah State  
Born: June 26, 1968, in Chicago, Ill.  
High School: Glennville High School, Glennville, Ga.  
Resides: Glennville, Ga.  
Acquired: Free Agent, 2002 / Draft #7 (192nd overall), 1990  

Shannon Sharpe's Profile

After two years away from Denver, Broncos’ all-time receiving leader Shannon Sharpe returns to the city in which he first embraced stardom and helped the Broncos win back-to-back World Championships. Sharpe re-signed with Denver as a free agent April 12, 2002 after two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, with whom he won his third Super Bowl in 2000. He left Denver as an unrestricted free agent following the 1999 season, of which he spent the latter portion on injured reserve because of a fractured clavicle suffered in the season’s fifth game. The 12-year veteran is the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions (692) and yards (8,604) by a tight end, and has been voted to eight Pro Bowls (1992-98, 2001) in his Hall-of-Fame-worthy career. He has caught 51 touchdown passes and three two-point conversions for 312 total points. Sharpe is the Broncos’ all-time leader in receptions (552) and yards (6,983), and shares the franchise record for receiving touchdowns (44) with four others, including teammates Ed McCaffrey and Rod Smith. He has played in 176 games (141 starts), 144 of them as a Denver Bronco (111 starts), and has also started all 17 postseason games in which he’s played, adding 57 receptions for 783 yards (13.7) and four touchdowns. Eleven of those postseason games came as a Bronco, and he is the club’s all-time leader in postseason receptions (42), while ranking fourth in yards (474). Sharpe has produced 17 career 100-yard games, three 1,000-yard receiving seasons (tied for 1st in NFL history by a tight end, with Todd Christensen and Kellen Winslow) and a franchise-record seven straight 50-catch seasons from 1992-98, during which he was selected to seven straight Pro Bowls. The seven straight 50-catch seasons also represents an NFL record for a tight end, as does his total of nine 50-catch seasons. Sharpe entered the NFL in 1990 as the Broncos’ seventh-round selection (192nd overall) out of Savannah State. Here is a look at some of Sharpe’s more prominent career statistical notes after 12 seasons:

  • Sharpe became the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end during the 2001 season, displacing Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome. He has caught 692 passes for 8,604 yards in his career.
  • Sharpe holds the NFL postseason record for longest reception, with his 96-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown at Oakland in the 2000 AFC Championship Game (1/14/01).
  • Sharpe holds the post-1970 NFL record for consecutive postseason wins with 12 (seven with the Broncos from 1997-98, and five with the Ravens from 2000-01).
  • Sharpe has played in 144 games (111 starts) as a Bronco and ranks No. 1 in franchise history in receptions (552) and receiving yards (6,983), and is tied for the record for receiving touchdowns (44). He also ranks third in total yards from scrimmage (6,992) and fifth in combined yards (6,992).
  • Sharpe shares the club’s second-highest total for receptions in a game (13) and most touchdown receptions in a game (3), and holds the record for most receptions in a postseason contest (13), which is also tied with Kellen Winslow (1981) and Thurman Thomas (1989) as an NFL postseason record.
  • Sharpe ranks fourth in franchise history with 15 games of 100 or more receiving yards (including one in the postseason), and has 17 total for his career.
  • Sharpe has played in 11 postseason contests as a Bronco—all starts—and ranks No. 1 in franchise playoff history in receptions (42) and No. 3 in receiving yards (474), for an average of 11.3 yards per reception, with two touchdowns.
  • Sharpe has been selected to seven Pro Bowls as a Bronco, tied for third-most in club history, and with all seven coming in consecutive seasons (1992-98) he is tied for the longest string of consecutive selections (Steve Atwater—1990-96).
  • He is one of only four tight ends in NFL annals to post more than one 1,000-yard receiving season (3), and one of four to amass 6,000 receiving yards.


2001: Sharpe played in 15 games for the Baltimore Ravens and became the most effective pass-catching tight end in the history of professional football with his performance. By Week 4 against Tennessee (10/7), Sharpe had accumulated 8,018 yards receiving, moving past Hall of Famer and Ravens Vice President of Player Personnel Ozzie Newsome, who had 7,980 yards in his illustrious career. In Week 10 against the Browns (11/18), Sharpe made his 663rd career reception to best Newsome's record of 662 career receptions. He finished the season with 73 receptions, which was tied for the NFL lead among tight ends, 811 yards and two touchdowns while starting all but one game. His performance earned him a spot on the AFC Pro Bowl team, his eighth selection to the squad. In two postseason games he totaled nine catches for 79 yards with a long of 27. In a 20-3 Wild Card victory at Miami (1/13/02) he caught four passes for 23 yards. The following week at Pittsburgh (1/20/02) he made five receptions for 56 yards in a 27-10 defeat. In the final game of the regular season, on Monday Night Football at PSINet Stadium, Sharpe caught two passes for 51 yards with a long of 37 in a 19-3 victory over the Vikings (1/7/2002) to clinch a playoff berth. At division rival Jacksonville in Week 11 (11/25), he caught six passes for 55 yards and one touchdown, whch came with nine seconds remaining in the game as he grabbed a 3-yd. pass from Elvis Grbac to put Baltimore in the lead. At home against the Browns (11/18) came Sharpe's record day. His first catch of the game, a 29-yard pass from Elvis Grbac was the 663rd reception of his career to give him the record for a tight end. Despite a 27-17 loss, Sharpe made seven receptions for 78 yards. He caught his first touchdown pass of the season in Week 8 at Pitt. (11/4), on a 13-yard pass from Randall Cunningham in the second quarter to put the Ravens up 7-3. Against Jacksonville (10/28) in Week 7 Sharpe caught seven balls for a season-high 89 yds., a week after his only non-start of the season, at Cleve. (10/21), when he caught six passes for 61 yds. He broke Newsome’s record for career receiving yds. by a tight end in Baltimore’s Week 4 matchup with Tennessee (10/7), finishing the game with three receptions for 57 yards, surpassing Newsome's previous career record of 7,980 yds. At Denver in Week 3 (9/30), Sharpe had five receptions for 50 yards in his first game back in the Mile High City since leaving after the 1999 season. He posted a season-high eight receptions in Week 2 at Cincinnati (9/23), for 84 yds. after catching four for 34 in the opener vs. Chicago (9/9).

2000: Sharpe signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an unrestricted free agent Feb. 22 and went on to help lead the franchise to its first Super Bowl win, as Sharpe won his third World Championship in the past four seasons. He played in all 16 games and started 15, leading the team with 67 receptions for 810 yds. and five touchdowns, while also adding six more receptions in four postseason games for 230 yds. and two scores. Sharpe ranked fifth among NFL tight ends in receptions, and was voted a first alternate to the AFC Pro Bowl squad. His 96-yd. touchdown reception in the AFC Championship Game at Oakland (1/14/01) is the longest pass reception in NFL postseason history, and came on a 3rd-and-18 play to help propel the Ravens to the Super Bowl. He also caught a game-winning touchdown pass from Tony Banks in Week 2 of the regular season vs. Jacksonville (9/10) to give Baltimore its biggest come-from-behind win, having trailed by 17 points. Sharpe caught one pass for five yds. in the Ravens’ 34-7 win over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, and had a 56-yd. catch to set up a touchdown at Tennessee (1/7/01) in an AFC Divisional Playoff game. In a Wild Card matchup with his former team, Denver (12/31), Sharpe caught a then-career-long 58-yd. touchdown pass that began as a screen pass to Jamal Lewis, but bounced off Lewis’ hands, as well as a Broncos defender, before Sharpe plucked it from the air and raced down the sidelines for the score. On the day he caught three passes—all for first downs—for 73 yds. He posted his 17th career 100-yd. receiving game (regular season) vs. Dallas (11/19) with five receptions for 101 yds., including a 59-yarder for a touchdown that was the third-longest regular season touchdown of his career and his fourth-longest catch overall. It was Sharpe’s 49th career touchdown reception, tying him with Keith Jackson for fourth place all-time among tight ends. He came up big at Tennessee (11/12) in a Baltimore win, catching a game-high eight passes for 92 yds. to give the Titans their first lost ever at Adelphia Coliseum. In the contest he recorded his 600th career catch and surpasses his brother Sterling’s career total of 595. Sharpe posted his seventh career two-touchdown game at Cin. (11/5), among his seven receptions for 66 yds., and moved past Ozzie Newsome into a tie with Raymond Chester for fifth place on the all-time tight end scoring list. He recorded his first 100-yd. game as a Raven vs. Tennessee (10/22), as he hauled in eight passes for 104 yds. Sharpe’s only non-start of the season came at Jacksonville (10/8) as Baltimore opened the game in a four-wide set. Four weeks earlier vs. Jacksonville (9/10), Sharpe surpassed the 7,000-yd. mark for his career, including the game-winning reception with 41 seconds remaining on a 29-yd. pass from Banks. In the opener vs. Pitt. (9/3) he was held without a reception for the first time in a game in which he started and finished since Sept. 24, 1995, at San Diego.

1999: Sharpe started the first five games of the season for Denver and caught 23 passes for 224 yds. (9.7) with a long of 24 before fracturing his left clavicle in the third quarter of Denver’s 16-13 win at Oakland in Week 5 (10/10). He was originally expected to be sidelined 8-10 weeks, but suffered a setback in his rehabilitation in late November, and was placed on injured reserve Nov. 30. Sharpe became Denver’s all-time leading receiver in Week 3 at Tampa Bay (9/26), surpassing Lionel Taylor’s previous standards of 543 receptions and 6,872 yards. Sharpe finished the season with 552 receptions for 6,983 yards.

1998: Sharpe turned in another spectacular season, being selected to play in the Pro Bowl for the seventh straight year, and his third in a row as a starter, as well as being named first-team All-NFL by the Associated Press (5th time; 4th as first-teamer), The Sporting News, USA Today, Pro Football Weekly, College & Pro Football Newsweekly and Football Digest, and All-AFC by Pro Football Weekly and Football News. He started at tight end in all 16 games for the second straight and caught 64 passes for 768 yards (12.0) with a long of 38 (TD) and 10 touchdowns. Sharpe led all NFL tight ends in receiving yards, and ranked third among his peers in receptions. He shared the AFC lead (T6th NFL) in receiving touchdowns and tied for sixth in the AFC (T13th NFL) in total touchdowns, and posted his seventh straight 50-catch season, a first by a tight end in pro football history. The seven total and seven straight also represent new franchise records in both categories. His first touchdown of the year came on a 12-yd. scoring toss from Elway in the first quarter of the season-opener vs. New England (9/7) to give Denver a 10-0 lead. His 51 yds. in that contest gave him 6,042 for his career, making him just the third Bronco to surpass 6,000 receiving yds. (L. Taylor—6,872; S. Watson—6,112), and only the fourth tight end in NFL history to do so, joining Ozzie Newsome (7,980), Jackie Smith (7,918) and Kellen Winslow (6,741). Sharpe missed most of the second quarter after sustaining a mild concussion while leveling a crushing block on Patriots linebacker Chris Slade to free Howard Griffith on a screen pass at the beginning of the period. He returned to the game after halftime. Sharpe posted his fifth career multi-touchdown game in Week 2 vs. Dallas (9/13), hauling in 23- and 38-yard touchdown tosses from John Elway in the first half to help Denver mount a 35-17 lead at the break. Those two touchdowns moved him past Steve Watson (36) into a tie for fourth on the club’s all-time receiving touchdowns list. In that game Sharpe (6-97) also moved into second place on Denver’s all-time receiving yardage list, passing Watson (6,112), and finished the year with 6,759. Sharpe caught six passes for 46 yards and a touchdown vs. Philadelphia (10/4) to move into sole possession of fourth place on Denver’s all-time receiving-touchdowns list, breaking a tie with Vance Johnson (37), and added his 39th (5th of ’98) a week later at Seattle (10/11) on a 19-yd. pass from Elway in the first quarter. Sharpe caught his 500th career pass in Week 9 at Cincinnati (11/1), on his last of 3 receptions for 35 yds. The milestone catch came on a 2-yd. pass from Elway just before halftime, which, incidentally, will go down as Elway’s 4,000th career completion. Sharpe became one of just three tight ends in NFL history with 500 receptions, joining Ozzie Newsome (662) and Kellen Winslow (541), and he and his brother Sterling form the the only brother combination in pro football history to record 500 receptions apiece. Sharpe caught three passes for 31 yds. and a TD at San Diego (11/29), his seventh of the year, and the 41st receiving TD of his career to tie Riley Odoms (1972-83) for third place on the Broncos’ all-time list. Sharpe moved into sole possession of third place on Denver’s receiving TDs list vs. Kansas City (12/6), doing so in dramatic fashion with a 24-yd. fourth-quarter scoring reception from Elway to give Denver a 35-31 win. It was Sharpe’s only catch of the day, and his eighth TD catch of the season to help Denver tie the all-time league record of 18 consecutive wins (regular and postseason), set by four other teams. Sharpe finished the season on a high note vs. Seattle (12/27) with his sixth career multiple-touchdown game, hauling in two from John Elway as part of a 6-catch, 68-yard performance. The two TDs gave him 44 for his career to tie the franchise record (Lionel Taylor, Haven Moses), and moved him into a fifth-place tie (Taylor, Riley Odoms) on the franchise list for total TDs. He also moved past Sammy Winder for fourth place on the Broncos’ all-time career list for total yards from scrimmage, finishing the season at 6,759. Postseason: Sharpe started at tight end in all three games and caught nine passes for 78 yds. (7.8) with a long of 14. He became the Broncos’ all-time leader in postseason receptions (42), and remained third in postseason receiving yards (474). In the AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Miami (1/9) Sharpe caught a team-high five passes for 38 yds. (7.6), and followed that showing with two catches for 14 yds. in the AFC Championship Game vs. the Jets (1/17). He caught two passes for 26 yards (13.0) in Super Bowl XXXIII vs. Atlanta (1/31) before leaving the game with a knee sprain. His 14-yd. reception to the 1-yd. line set up Denver’s first touchdown, but he was upended by Atlanta’s Ray Buchanan on the play, resulting in the injury. Sharpe returned to game but left after one more series, missing the game’s final three quarters.

1997: Sharpe started all 16 games and was selected to his sixth straight Pro Bowl, named All-NFL by the Associated Press for the fourth time in his career (third time as a first-teamer), and also named first-team All-NFL by The Sporting News, USA Today, Pro Football Weekly and College & Pro Football Newsweekly. He was also named second-team All-NFL by Football Digest and All-AFC Pro Football Weekly. Sharpe ranked second on the team with 72 receptions for 1,107 yards (15.4; career-best) with three touchdowns, posting the third 1,000-yard season of his career to tie Todd Christensen for the NFL tight end record. He began his milestone pursuit in Week One by moving into third place on the Broncos’ all-time receiving list, catching four passes to raise his career total to 397. The second-quarter 15-yard catch moved him past Riley Odoms, and also made him the leading pass-catching tight end in franchise history. Two weeks later vs. St. Louis (9/14) he caught two passes for 20 yards in the first quarterto top the 5,000-yard career mark before a twisted left ankle forced him from the contest. He returned to the starting lineup a week later vs. Cincinnati (9/21). Sharpe’s 11th regular season 100-yard game came the following week in his return to his native Georgia to take on the Atlanta Falcons (9/28). He caught six passes for 119 yards on the day, including a then-career-best 65-yard touchdown from John Elway on the fourth play from scrimmage in Denver’s 29-21 win. Sharpe had 93 receiving yards by the half, and his three first-half receptions put he and his brother Sterling at over 1,000 receptions for their careers, a first by a brother combination. His one TD reception tied Al Denson (32) for sixth place in all-time touchdown receptions by a Bronco. Sharpe passed Vance Johnson (416) on the Broncos’ all-time receptions list at Oakland (10/19), catching eight passes for 94 yards. His highest yardage output of the season came in Denver’s 34-0 shutout of Carolina (11/9), as he caught eight passes for 174 yards, the second-highest total of his career, topped only by the 180 he had in Week One of 1995 (vs. Buffalo, 9/3). It was also his second eight-catch game of the season. This was the 13th 100-yard receiving game of Sharpe’s career and the 12th such game in the regular season, third most in franchise history behind Lionel Taylor (24) and Steve Watson (15 regular season). He also moved past Haven Moses (5,450) for fifth place in club history in receiving yards during the contest. The next week at Kansas City (11/16), he caught three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown in Denver’s 24-22 loss. The TD was the 33rd of Sharpe’s career, moving him into sixth place in franchise history, passing Al Denson. In Denver’s 31-3 Monday Night Football win over Oakland (11/24) he caught 10 passes for 142 yards, the fifth 10-catch game of his career, one off the NFL record for tight ends (Kellen Winslow). He also became just the second player in franchise history to record six total and consecutive 50-catch seasons, joining Lionel Taylor (1960-65). He closed the regular season vs. San Diego (12/21) on a high note with eight receptions for 162 yards and a 68-yard touchdown, the longest of his career. It marked his 15th career 100-yard game, the 14th in the regular season. He and his brother Sterling have now combined for 99 career touchdowns, the most ever by a brother combination. In the postseason Sharpe finished in a tie for the team lead in receptions with 12 for 149 yards (second on team), for a 12.4 average with a long of 23. In Denver’s 42-17 Wild Card victory over Jacksonville (12/27/97) Sharpe moved into sixth place in postseason receiving yards by a Bronco, passing Ricky Nattiel (251) and Michael Young (255). He also passed Mark Jackson (21) for third place in postseason receptions by a Bronco. He added two receptions for 33 yards (long of 22) in Denver’s 14-10 Divisional Playoff win at Kansas City (1/4/98). In Denver’s 24-21 AFC Championship victory at Pittsburgh (1/11/98) Sharpe caught three passes for 49 yards, including an 18-yarder on third-and-six with 2:00 remaining in the game to all but wrap up Denver’s fifth Super Bowl appearance. During the game he passed Haven Moses (314) for fifth place and tied Steve Watson (358) for fourth place on the Broncos’ all-time postseason list for receiving yards. In the Broncos’ 31-24 victory over Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII (1/25/98) Sharpe was Denver’s leading receiver, reeling in five passes for 38 yards with a long of 12. He also did a magnificent blocking job on Green Bay LB Seth Joyner, enabling teammate Terrell Davis to rush for 157 yards (the team ran for 179) and earn MVP honors. During the contest, Sharpe moved past Steve Watson (358) for fourth place and Steve Sewell (375) for third place on the teams’ all-time postseason receiving yardage list. He also passed Sewell (31) for second place all-time in postseason receptions by a Bronco.

1996: Sharpe — selected to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl and named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, Pro Football Weekly, Football Digest and College & Pro Football Newsweekly — started 15 of the 16 regular season games at tight end, missing only the season finale at San Diego (12/22) when he was declared inactive to rest a sore ankle for the playoffs. He was also named All-AFC by UPI and Football News. For the year he tied for eighth in the AFC in receptions (80; 16th NFL) and was ninth in receiving yards (1,062; 15th NFL) for an average of 13.3 yards per catch with 10 touchdowns (T8th AFC/T13th NFL), establishing a new career high. His 1,062 receiving yards also represented a career high, topping his 1,010-yard effort in 1993. Sharpe led all NFL tight ends in receptions, receiving yardage and receiving touchdowns. With his 10 touchdowns Sharpe joined Terrell Davis (15 TDs) to give Denver two players with double-figure touchdowns in the same season for the first time in franchise history. Sharpe had a seven-game stretch early in the year (9/22-11/10) in which he topped the 100-yard mark three times and was over 90 twice, for an average of 107.6 yards per game. His four-catch, 21-yard, one-touchdown performance vs. Seattle (12/1) gave him career single-season bests in receiving yardage (finished at 1,062) and receiving touchdowns (10; previous best was nine in ‘93). Sharpe’s longest reception was a 51-yarder vs. Chicago (11/10), and he also had a 46-yard touchdown to his credit, vs. Kansas City (10/27). He, along with Davis and quarterback John Elway, made the Broncos just the fifth team in NFL history to have a 3,000-yard passer, 1,500-yard rusher and a 1,000-receiver in the same season. Sharpe’s 1,000-yard effort was the second of his career, making him one of only four tight ends in league annals to have more than one 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He left the season-opener vs. the Jets (9/1) in the third quarter with a mild ankle sprain after recording four receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown, but was well enough to start at Seattle a week later (9/8). In Week Four at Kansas City (9/22) Sharpe had his first big breakout game of the season, hauling in a game-high nine passes for 131 yards, followed by a game-high six passes for 60 yards and one touchdown the following week at Cincinnati (9/29). The next week vs. San Diego (10/6) Sharpe had a career day, hauling in a franchise-record (tie) 13 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns in Denver’s 28-17 come-from-behind victory. The three touchdowns tied his previous best, which he shares with several other players as the franchise record. Sharpe’s touchdowns came on passes of 20, 20 and 3 yards from John Elway. In the game, Sharpe also moved ahead of Al Denson (4,150) into eighth place on the Broncos’ career receiving yardage chart, and moved into seventh all-time on the touchdown reception chart, surpassing Mark Jackson, Bob Scarpitto and Rick Upchurch. He was named the Miller Lite/NFL Player of the Week for his performance. Versus Baltimore (10/20) Sharpe caught a game-high nine passes for a season-high 161 yards, with a long of 32 yards, his longest of the season. It was his third 100-yard game in the past four outings. The following week vs. Kansas City (10/27) Sharpe continued his midseason onslaught by catching a game-high six passes for 99 yards, with two touchdowns. Both scores came in the first quarter: the first a season-best 46-yarder and the second a 10-yarder in Denver’s 34-7 win. Against Chicago (11/10) he caught five passes for a game-high 92 yards, and hauled in his ninth touchdown pass of the year to tie his previous career high set in 1993. Two weeks later at Minnesota (11/24) Sharpe caught four passes for a game-high 90 yards to move ahead of Mark Jackson (4,746) into sixth place on the Broncos’ all-time receiving yardage chart. He took a vicious blow under his chin in the second quarter from Orlando Thomas, but remained in the contest and helped lead Denver to a 21-17 come-from-behind win. The next week vs. Seattle (12/1) Sharpe moved past his previous single-season yardage best of 1,010 set in 1993, and topped his previous single-season touchdown best of nine (also ‘93). His one-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter put Denver ahead 7-0 en route to a 34-7 win. Two weeks later vs. Oakland (12/15) he was hit hard after making his one catch on the day and sustained an injury to his lip that kept him out of the rest of the game. In the regular season finale at San Diego (12/22) Sharpe missed his only game of the year when he was declared inactive to rest a sore ankle. In Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff vs. Jacksonville (1/4/97) he started at tight end and caught two passes for 31 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown from John Elway to put Denver ahead 12-0 in the first quarter.

1995: Sharpe, who was selected as a Pro Bowl reserve (fourth straight Pro Bowl), played in the first 13 games and started 12, despite continuing to be bothered by sore ankles. He was named second-team All-Pro at tight end by the Associated Press. Sharpe’s 63 receptions were the 12th-most in the AFC, while his 756 receiving yards ranked 16th, despite missing three games entirely, and playing sparingly in three others due to injury. He was second among all NFL tight ends in both receptions and receiving yards. In the season opener vs. Buffalo (9/3), Sharpe made a magnificent 1995 debut, tying a regular season career best with 10 receptions, and establishing a new career high with 180 yards, fourth-most all-time by a Bronco in a single game. It was the seventh 100-yard game of his career, and the most receiving yards by a Bronco since Steve Watson accumulated 183 on 10 catches at the L.A. Raiders on 12/12/82. Sharpe suffered an ankle sprain against Washington (9/17) and missed the final three quarters of that game, but was back in the lineup — though not at 100% — the following week at San Diego (9/24). His first touchdown reception of the year came at New England (10/8). Sharpe’s second-best game of the year came vs. San Diego (11/19) when he caught a game-high eight passes for 137 yards and one touchdown, with a long of 40. Sharpe’s fourth and final TD of the season came Dec. 3 against Jacksonville, before he took a blow to the face and suffered an orbital fracture to his left eye in the second quarter. He underwent surgery on the eye Dec. 7, forcing him to miss the final three games of the season (against Seattle, 12/10; at Kansas City,12/17; and at Oakland, 12/24), but he was not placed on the injured reserve list.

1994: Sharpe was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl as he posted career-best numbers in receptions (87) and yardage (1,010), though he did not play in the Pro Bowl game because of ankle and knee injuries. His 87 catches were the most by any Bronco since 1961 (Lionel Taylor, 100) and the third-most all-time for a Denver player. He ranked fourth in the AFC and eighth in the NFL in receptions. His 1,010-yard total was second-best on the team as well as ninth in the AFC, and gave Sharpe his first 1,000-yard season after just missing with 995 in 1993. He joined Anthony Miller (1,107 yards) to give Denver two 1,000-yard receivers in the same season for the first time in franchise history. He scored four touchdowns and had six or more catches on eight occasions. He and his brother Sterling (Green Bay Packers) remain the only brother combination to lead their teams in receptions in the same year, as they have now done for three straight seasons. Sharpe matched his career high with 10 receptions (95 yards) in Denver’s dramatic overtime victory at Kansas City (12/4), and followed that a week later with nine catches for 89 yards at the Raiders (12/11). His career high in yardage came in game seven at San Diego (10/23) when he gained 121 yards on six catches, including a 44-yard pass from Elway for his longest reception of the year. Sharpe played in 15 of the Broncos’ 16 games and made 13 starts. After an outstanding opening day (9/4) on which he caught nine passes for 97 yards against San Diego, he was placed on the inactive list for game two at the N.Y. Jets (9/11) because of a knee injury suffered in the opener. He was expected to miss up to five weeks, but returned for spot duty the next weekend at the L.A. Raiders and went without a catch for the first time since Nov. 30, 1992. He returned to the starting lineup in game five at Seattle and stayed there the rest of the season, playing through the pain of aching knees and ankles. He did not practice at all the week of the Cleveland game (10/30), but showed up on Sunday to lead the team in receptions (9) and yards (85).

1993: Sharpe was named to his second straight Pro Bowl, along with being named to virtually every All-NFL team. He led the Broncos in receptions with 81, which ranked third in the AFC and eighth in the NFL. His 81 receptions ranked fourth in Bronco history, and were at the time the most since Lionel Taylor’s 85 in 1965. Sharpe was also on the receiving end of nine TD passes, which tied for second in the AFC. He accounted for at least two receptions in every game in 1993, with his season high coming against Kansas City (12/12). In that game Sharpe recorded 10 receptions for 65 yards and three touchdowns. His best game yardage-wise came in the season finale at the L.A. Raiders (1/2) when he accounted for 115 yards on six receptions with two touchdowns. The next week in the wild card matchup with the same Raiders (1/9), Sharpe tied a playoff record with 13 receptions.

1992: Sharpe led all Denver receivers in 1992 with a career-high 53 receptions for 640 yards and two touchdowns. Shannon and his brother Sterling of the Green Bay Packers became the only brother combination in NFL history to lead their respective teams in receiving in the same season. Sharpe had two 100-yard receiving games in ’92, catching seven passes for 109 yards at Buffalo (12/12) and nine for a career-high 118 yards vs. Kansas City (10/4). He also had nine receptions at Washington (10/12) and had seven in the season finale at Kansas City (12/27). Sharpe, who was in the starting lineup 12 times in 1992, also set a new career high with a 55-yard reception at Cleveland (9/27).

1991: Sharpe was converted from wide receiver to H-back in 1991 and had a fine season, catching 22 passes for 322 yards and a touchdown and also gaining 15 yards on a reverse. He made half of his receptions in the final three weeks of the campaign, with 11 catches for 159 yards. Sharpe established new career highs at Cleveland (12/8) with four receptions for 59 yards, and had four catches the following week vs. Phoenix (12/15). On special teams he posted a team-high 12 tackles, with five assists and two knockdown blocks. Sharpe appeared in Denver’s starting line-up nine times during the regular season. He closed out the postseason with six catches for 60 yards, with three for 20 against Houston (1/4) and three for 40 at Buffalo in the AFC Championship Game (1/12).

1990: Denver’s seventh-round draft choice in 1990, Sharpe saw more playing time as the season progressed and closed out the year with seven receptions for 99 (14.1) yards and a score. He had his top receiving game at Kansas City (12/9) with three catches for 41 yards and his first professional touchdown. Sharpe was also one of the Broncos’ top special teams performers, netting 16 total tackles, six knockdown blocks, and a forced fumble.

COLLEGE: Sharpe had a tremendous career at Savannah State College, where he was a three-time All-American, All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and all-state selection, as well as the three-time conference Offensive Player of the Year. Sharpe closed out his college play with 192 receptions for 3,744 yards, a 19.5 average, and 40 touchdowns. He ended his career with appearances in the East-West Shrine and Blue-Gray all-star games. Sharpe set school records for most consecutive games with a reception (39), with a touchdown (14), and for most games with over 100 yards receiving (17). As a senior he caught 61 passes for 1,312 yards and 18 TDs, and had three games with more than 200 yards receiving and one game with four touchdown catches. Sharpe was a criminal justice major.

PERSONAL: Sharpe hails from Glennville, Ga., where he was all-county, all-region and all-area in football at Glennville High School. In addition to four letters in football, Sharpe lettered three times in basketball and four times in track, setting a Georgia state Class A record in the triple jump (48’-3”) as a junior, and breaking that mark as a senior (49’-5”). He won the regional triple jump title three straight years and the regional discus throwing title twice. Shannon was also a two-time all-area selection in basketball, scoring more than 1,000 points in three seasons, and averaging 30 points and 15 rebounds as a senior. He once scored 52 points in a game and once grabbed 27 rebounds in a game. His brother Sterling was an All-American at South Carolina who earned All-Pro status in five of his seven NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Sterling is now a reporter for ESPN television, and a studio host for the network’s award-winning NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown programs. Shannon has several cousins who played college football, and he lists his hobbies as fishing, basketball, weight lifting, and his two Rottweilers, Kane and Killian. Shannon is single and makes his home in Glennville, Ga.

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS: Fumbled once, 1990; rushed once for 15 yards and recovered one fumble, 1991; rushed twice for -6 yards and fumbled once, 1992; returned one kickoff for 0 yarfds and fumbled once, 1993; fumbled once, 1994; fumbled once, recovered one fumble, 1995; fumbled once, 1996; fumbled once, 1997.