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Sterling Sharpe

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Sterling Sharpe
No. 84
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1965-04-06) April 6, 1965 (age 54)
Chicago, Illinois
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Glennville (GA)
College:South Carolina
NFL Draft:1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:8,134
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Sterling Sharpe (born April 6, 1965) is an American former American Football wide receiver and analyst for the NFL Network. He attended the University of South Carolina, and played from 1988 to 1994 with the Green Bay Packers in a career shortened by injuries.[1][2]

Early life and college

Growing up, Sharpe lived in Glennville, Georgia, with his grandparents and siblings, including his younger brother, Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe. He graduated Glennville High School, playing running back, quarterback and linebacker and was a member of the basketball and track teams. As a wide receiver at the University of South Carolina, Sharpe set school records with 169 career receptions and 2,497 receiving yards and a since-broken record of 17 career touchdowns. He also set the school record for single-season receiving touchdowns with 11, which was broken in 2005 by Sidney Rice. Sharpe's No. 2 jersey was retired by South Carolina at the end of the 1987 regular season, making him the second Gamecock to be granted this honor while still playing.[citation needed] His college coach and mentor, William "Tank" Black, left the Gamecocks to become a player-manager and represented Sharpe throughout his professional career. Sharpe was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.[citation needed]

Professional career

Sterling was the first round, seventh overall, draft pick by the Packers in 1988 and had an immediate impact on the team. In his rookie season, he started all sixteen games and caught 55 passes. His sophomore season he led the league with 90 receptions, the first Packer to do so since Don Hutson in 1945, and broke Hutson's records for receptions and receiving yards in a season. Sharpe was known as a tough receiver with strong hands, who was willing to go over the middle to make difficult catches in traffic.

A few years later, in 1992, Sterling and the new quarterback, Brett Favre, teamed up to become one of the top passing tandems in the league. In the final game of that season, Sterling and Favre hooked up for Shape's 107th reception of the season which broke the NFL's single-season receptions record, set by Art Monk in 1984. That season, Sterling became one of only six players in NFL history to win the outright "Triple Crown" at the receiver position: leading the league in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and receptions. Ray Flaherty (1932), Don Hutson (1936, 1941–44), Elroy Hirsch (1951), Raymond Berry (1959) led all three categories during the same season in years before the Super Bowl era. Jerry Rice (1990) and Steve Smith Sr. (2005) are the only other players to accomplish this feat since the first Super Bowl season. In the 1993 season Sterling subsequently broke his own record, with 112 receptions; this also made him the first player to have consecutive seasons catching more than 100 passes. In 1994, his 18 touchdown receptions were the second-most in league history at the time, behind Jerry Rice's 22 in 1987. On October 24, 1993, Sterling became the second Packer in team history to catch four touchdown passes in one game since Don Hutson in 1945.

At the end of the 1994 regular season, Sterling suffered a neck injury[3] which ended his playing career.

After his retirement from the NFL, Sterling Sharpe became an analyst for the NFL Network.

His younger brother, Shannon Sharpe, was one of the NFL's top tight ends from the 1990s to the early 2000s. Shannon retired in 2003 and once again followed in his brother's footsteps, becoming a sportscaster for the NFL pregame show on CBS, The NFL Today. Shannon Sharpe was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. In his Hall of Fame speech, Shannon implored the Hall of Fame voters to consider Sterling's candidacy.

Sterling's tenure at wide receiver was cut short by the neck injury[3], ending a career in which he was invited to the Pro Bowl five times (1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, and 1994). Since he was unable to continue playing and was not on the Packers team that won the Super Bowl in 1996, his younger brother Shannon Sharpe gave him the first of the three Super Bowl rings he won,[4] citing him as a major influence in his life by saying:

NFL career statistics

Led the league
Bold Career high
Year Team GP Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Rec Yards Avg TD Long YPG Att Yards TD
1988 GB 16 55 791 14.4 1 51 49.4 4 -2 0 3
1989 GB 16 90 1,423 15.8 12 79 88.9 2 25 0 1
1990 GB 16 67 1,105 16.5 6 76 69.1 2 14 0 0
1991 GB 16 69 961 13.9 4 58 60.1 4 4 0 1
1992 GB 16 108 1,461 13.5 13 76 91.3 4 8 0 2
1993 GB 16 112 1,274 11.4 11 54 79.6 4 8 0 1
1994 GB 16 94 1,119 11.9 18 49 69.9 3 15 0 1
Career 112 595 8,134 13.7 65 79 72.6 23 72 0 9



  1. ^ "Sterling Sharpe Biography". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  2. ^ "Sterling Sharpe - Biography - IMDb". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Injury Could End Sharpe's Career". The New York Times. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  4. ^ "Super Bowl XXXVI".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 24, 2006. Retrieved November 29, 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Sterling Sharpe Stats". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 25, 2016.

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