Shannon Sharpe is The NFL Today Sportscaster

January 4, 2009

Shannon Sharpe is known for his yardage gains as a tight end on the field with both the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens. He is also known for his ‘colorful’ trash talking commentary now as a sportscaster for CBS’s The NFL Today. Read his biography below and see a fun video.

Christopher Shannon Sharpe was born on June 26, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois so his age is 40. Shannon played in the National Footbal League as a tight end. Among tight ends, he was the NFL’s all-time yardage leader until Tony Gonzalez surpassed his record October 5, 2008.

Shannon is the younger brother of former NFL wide receiver Sterling Sharpe. They grew up very poor in Glennville, Georgia. Shannon once joked, “We were so poor, a robber once broke into our house and we ended up robbing the robber.”

Shannon was selected in the 7th round of the 1990 NFL Draft, 192nd overall, by the Denver Broncos. He had a mediocre rookie season as a wide receiver, until Broncos head coach Dan Reeves convinced him to convert to tight end. He remained with Denver until 1999, winning two championship rings in Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII. After a two-year stint with the Baltimore Ravens, where he won another championship ring in Super Bowl XXXV, he returned to the Broncos. He played there until 2003. Shannon was selected All-Pro 4 times, played in 8 Pro Bowls(1992-1998, 2001) with over 1,000 receiving yards in 3 different seasons.

He retired in 2003 to become an NFL broadcaster for CBS. Known for his trash talk as a sports commentator, here are some of his memorable quotes:

About the four people he’d invite to a dinner party: “Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Michael Jordan and Halle Berry. I’d talk to Gates, Buffett and Jordan first, and then me and Halle would go get another table in the back that’s candlelit. And I’d let them discuss whatever they want to discuss.”

“I won’t talk about someone’s mother. I won’t talk about their girlfriend or their wife, but if you have a deformity, I would talk about that.”

About growing up in Georgia and hating the Atlanta Falcons: “I’ve pretty much been in Atlanta my whole life, and I never liked the Falcons. What was there to like about them? They lost all the time. If you had a pair of cleats on and you were in Fulton County, they’d put you in the ballgame, they were so bad. For $20, you could sit in the luxury box with the owner.”

Shannon Sharpe now resides in Glennville, Georgia in his free time and is among the 25 semifinalists being considered for enshrinement at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

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2 Responses to “Shannon Sharpe is The NFL Today Sportscaster”

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    Riddles Says:

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