Biography: Shannon Sharpe, TE

Shannon Sharpe
An emotional former Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe pauses during his induction ceremony into the Ring of Fame at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Shannon Sharpe was elected as the 22nd member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame on May 12, 2009, after 12 record-setting seasons with the club from 1990-99 and 2002- 03.

A Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2011, Sharpe tied a Broncos record with seven consecutive Pro Bowl selections from 1992-98 while becoming the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns by a tight end (currently third in each category).

A key member of the Broncos’ back-to-back Super Bowl championship teams from 1997-98, Sharpe also was a four-time first-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press as a Bronco.

In 172 career regular-season games (139 starts) with Denver, he registered the second-most receptions (675), receiving yards (8,439) and receiving touchdowns (55) by a player in club annals, trailing only wide receiver Rod Smith. He also played two seasons with Baltimore from 2000-01, earning the third Super Bowl ring of his career during the 2000 campaign and his eighth trip to the Pro Bowl in 2001 with the Ravens.

For his 14-year NFL career, Sharpe played 204 regular-season games (169 starts) and had 815 receptions for 10,060 yards (12.3 avg.) with 62 touchdowns.

Sharpe owns more receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, Super Bowl wins and Pro Bowl selections than any of the other seven tight ends enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Selected by the Broncos in the seventh round (192nd overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft from Savannah State University, Sharpe was named the first-team tight end on the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team as chosen by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee members.