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Shannon Sharpe: 2011 Hall of Fame Class

Posted on: August 6, 2011 9:13 pm

Posted by Ryan Wilson

“Sterling was supposed to be in the Hall first. I was supposed to introduce him for his speech, for his introduction and then take his bronze bust into the Hall. But now we’re going in together. I’m taking him in with me. … I’ve always wanted to be like him." Shannon, on his older brother and former Packers' WR Sterling Sharpe

“Let’s just say he was one of the best trash-talkers to ever play the game." - Broncos safety Brian Dawkins

"I've got a better chance of winning the Kentucky Derby on the back of a donkey than they have of winning the Super Bowl with Kyle Boller." - Shannon Sharpe on former Ravens' quarterback Kyle Boller

                           Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2011
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You might be able to make the case that Shannon Sharpe shouldn't have been a Hall of Fame inductee this year, but there's no disputing that he had a Hall of Fame career and was eventually destined for Canton. During 14 seasons that took him to Denver, Baltimore and back again, Sharpe was an eight-time Pro Bowler, four times a unanimous first-team All Pro, and he retired as the NFL's career leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns by a tight end.

"People from the Hall of Fame tell me, I only have 8-10 minutes to do this. No chance," Sharpe began.  "Determination, dedication and discipline … there's a reason they call it chasing your dreams and not walking after them. … I'm here today for a lot of reasons … some have absolutely nothing to do with me, and everything to do with the kindness and patience of all the people who guided me through my life. ... Dan Reeves remembered to draft me, but forgot to cut me. Thanks, coach, for having a lousy memory."

Sharpe made a plea during his speech for Hall of Fame voters to consider his brother, Shannon, whose career was cut short after seven years.  He then spoke eloquently about his grandmother, Mary Porter, who passed away last month. "The only regret that I have in my 43 years is that I never told my grandmother just how much she meant to me."

A 1990 seventh-round selection out of Savannah State by the Broncos, Sharpe also started for two Super Bowl-winning organizations. He becomes the eighth modern-day tight end to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Sharpe currently works as an analyst for CBS' Sunday pregame show, "The NFL Today." Sterling presented Shannon for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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