Shannon Sharpe is a retired American football player. During his heydays, he was most famous for playing for the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL) at the tight end position.
He is now a TV presenter having worked as an analyst for CBS Sports on its NFL telecasts, he now co-hosts ‘Skip and Shannon: Undisputed’ with Skip Bayless where he is known for his creative commentary and occasional trash-talking.
The three-time Super Bowl winner was in August 2011 inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was the first tight end to amass over 10,000 receiving yards and by the time he ended his career, led the NFL in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.
Shannon Sharpe Biography
Shannon Sharpe was born on June 26, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to his mother, Mary Alice Dixon, and father, Pete Sharpe. He is the younger brother of former NFL star wide receiver Sterling Sharpe.
Despite being born in Chicago, Sharpe was raised in Glennville, Georgia. His family was not well off, it was so bad that he once said his family robbed a robber who broke into their house to rob them.
He attended Savannah State College which is now known as Savannah State University where he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. While in school, Sharpe played and excelled in a number of sports; football, basketball as well as track and field. He, however, focused on football and was able to lead his team to their best record ever. His performance got him named to the All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team for three years, from 1987 to 1989. He was also the Conference’s Player of the Year in 1987. In 1989, he was selected as a Kodak Division II All-American before getting inducted into the Division II Football Hall of Fame a decade later.
Sharpe was selected by the Denver Broncos out of Savannah State in the seventh round with the 192nd overall pick of the 1990 NFL Draft. He had a mediocre first year in the league playing as a wide receiver and was convinced by Broncos head coach Dan Reeves to convert to a tight end which he agreed to. His breakout year came in his third season when he led his team in receiving with 53 catches for 640 yards. That year, he earned his first Pro Bowl nod and got named first-team All-Pro.
In 1994, he followed up the last year’s achievements with a career-high 87 receptions. Throughout the 90s, Sharpe remained one of the NFL’s top tight ends. He helped his team win two championship rings in Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII before leaving in 1999 to join the Baltimore Ravens where he won another championship ring in Super Bowl XXXV in his two-year stint there.
Shannon Sharpe returned to Denver and played two final years with the Broncos before hanging up his cleats. He played a total of 204 regular season games and started in four AFC championship games. He was named first-team All-Pro and All-AFC in 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998 and was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s.
His Salary and Net Worth
Shannon Sharpe’s net worth has been estimated to be around $8 million. This is largely from his days as an athlete in which he earned a salary of about $900,000 and had a number of endorsement deals which included gracing the cover of FitnessRX for Men magazine and being the face of Wheaties cereal box alongside four other Broncos players.
It is not clear what he earns at his current job as a TV presenter on FS1.
Wife or Girlfriend; Kids and Brother
Shannon Sharpe has been in a longterm relationship with fitness instructor Katy Kellner. Several reports, as well as her Twitter bio, which says “fiancé to #84,” Sharpe’s old jersey number, suggest that the couple is engaged. He has three children.
As mentioned above, Sharpe’s elder brother, Sterling, was an NFL player who played for the Green Bay Packers. He was picked in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft with the seventh overall draft pick by the Packers. His career was, however, shortened by injuries and he now works as an analyst for the NFL Network.
Shannon’s Height and Other Quick Facts
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 228 lbs (103.41 kg)
Birth name: Shannon Sharpe
Date of Birth: June 26, 1968
Place of Birth: Chicago
Professions: American Football Player, TV Presenter
Country: United States of America