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3. Shannon Sharpe

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3. Shannon Sharpe

Shannon Sharpe was a late round draft pick in 1990, and the product of Savannah State would become the most prolific Tight End of the 1990s.  In his third season in the NFL, he would be named to the Pro Bowl where he would begin a seven-year streak.  Sharpe would become one of John Elway's most dependable weapons and he would three times secure the 1,000 Yard mark in Receiving Yards.  He was also a four-time First Team All-Pro (1993 & 1996-98) and was one of the main reasons that the Broncos would win their first two Super Bowls. 

The Tight End would sign with the Baltimore Ravens where he would help them win their first Super Bowl, but he would return to Denver to play out his final two years.

At the time of his retirement, Sharpe was the all-time leader among Tight Ends in Receptions and Receiving Yards and was the first Tight End ever to reach 10,000 Yards.  He would enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.  The Broncos also enshrined Sharpe into their Ring of Fame in 2009.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Tight End
  • Acquired: Selected in the 7th Round, 182nd Overall in the NFL Draft 4/23/90.
  • Departed:

    Signed with the Baltimore Ravens before the 2000 Season.

    Acquired (2): Signed before the 2002 Season.

    Departed (2): Retired after the 2003 Season.
  • Games Played: 172
  • Notable Statistics:

    139 Games Started
    675 Receptions
    8,439 Receiving Yards
    55 Touchdown Receptions
    3 Rushing Attempts
    9 Rushing Yards
    1 Kick Return
    0 Kick Return Yards
    91 Approximate Value

    12 Playoff Games
    47 Receptions
    505 Receiving Yards
    2 Receviving Touchdowns

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XXXII & XXXIII)
    First Team All-Pro (1993, 1996, 1997 & 1998)
    Second Team All-Pro (1995)
    Pro Bowl (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 & 1998)

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