Former Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe, who starred for Denver for 12 years after being drafted in the seventh round of the 1990 NFL Draft, added membership in yet another elite fraternity to his resume with Tuesday’s announcement that he’s one of 11 members of the Black College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.
Already a Broncos Ring of Famer after being inducted in 2009 and a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2011, Sharpe joined another Hall of Fame Tuesday. After being named one of 35 finalists for the honor earlier this year, Sharpe is one of the 11 men who will officially be inducted February 16, 2013 at the Loews Hotel in Atlanta, at the Black College Football Hall of Fame’s Fourth Annual Enshrinement Ceremony presented by the Atlanta Falcons.
Sharpe’s Broncos career included the 1990-99 seasons as well as the 2002-03 campaigns. As a Bronco, Sharpe started 139 games and recorded 675 receptions for 8,439 yards and 55 touchdown receptions. During his time in Denver, Sharpe earned seven consecutive Pro Bowl selections from 1992-98 and was also a four-time first-team All Pro selection. Sharpe was the first tight end in NFL history to reach 10,000 receiving yards.
But it all started back in Georgia, where Sharpe played for Savannah State from 1986 to 1989 and was a three-time All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection from 1987 to 1989 and the SIAC Player of the Year in 1987. Sharpe was also a Kodak Division II All-American in 1989 and a three-time Pittsburgh Courier Black College All-American (1987-89). Sharpe led the Tigers to their best records in the program’s history, including a 7-3 season in 1988 and a mark of 8-1 in 1989.