Shannon Sharpe Enters Pro Football Hall Of Fame In Class Of 2011

Shannon Sharpe retired as the career leader among tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns, leading to his induction in the NFL Hall of Fame.

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Deion Sanders, Shannon Sharpe Invite Fans Into Their Lives With Superb Hall Of Fame Speeches

Shannon Sharpe and Deion Sanders delivered poignant, emotional Hall of Fame speeches on Saturday night, opening up and sharing a personal side with the world.

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Shannon Sharpe Hall Of Fame Speech: Tight End Thanks His Grandmother For Drive To Succeed

From the outset of his NFL Hall of Fame Speech, Shannon Sharpe told everyone that he couldn't fit his entire speech into an 8-10 minute span. "No chance," he said. Proud and excited of his NFL career, this was the "culmination" of that career.

Sharpe wanted everyone to know why he succeeded from such an obscure background: determination, dedication, discipline. He never listened to those who said he couldn't make it, because he believed he could do it.

Sharpe had a litany of thank yous to hand out. The first person he thanked was his remedial reading and Spanish teacher and then followed that with his high school teacher. He went on to single out Hall of Fame Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway before segueing to his family.  He apparently embarrassed his mother when he mentioned the white suits she bought for he and his brother Sterling.

Acknowledging his brother, Shannon said he was the only Hall of Famer who was the second-best football player in his family. Had a neck injury not ended Sterling's career, they could have been the first brothers elected into the Hall of Fame. "You are my hero, my father, my role model," Shannon said of Sterling.

Sharpe became emotional when he spoke about Mary Porter, his grandmother. His grandmother raised Shannon and his brothers and sisters. She laid a foundation in him to want to improve his life. "You need to walk 20 years of my life" to learn how much Sharpe wanted to leave his hometown.

It was a "five-alarm fire" inside of him to want to be the best and improve his lot in life. And he ignored people and hurt relationships along the way to reach this point in his life, but he wasn't here to apologize for it. He was able to give his family a life they never would have if not for his unrelenting drive to succeed.

He closed his speech with this: "I know my grandmother's proud. I know my family's proud."

Congratulations, Shannon Sharpe, you are an NFL immortal now!

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VIDEO: Shannon Sharpe Highlights From His Hall Of Fame Career

Shannon Sharpe’s induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame isn’t anything surprising as he retired as the best tight end the NFL had ever watched. In case there are some that don’t remember his stellar play, however, we’ve decided to track down what few highlights videos are available to remind everyone of his dominance in a Denver Broncos uniform.

Sharpe played 14 seasons in the NFL, 12 of which came with the Broncos and two in between with the Baltimore Ravens, but it seems there are probably plenty of people that remember the tight end more for his commentary on NFL gamedays rather than his near-perfect playing career.

At time of Sharpe’s retirement, his 815 career receptions and 10,060 yards and 62 TDs were all NFL career records for a tight end. Though all of those aren’t available online, the most spectacular have been embedded below for everyone’s enjoyment.

First, there’s a look at Sharpe as a draft steal considering he was a seventh round pick in the 1990 NFL Draft coming out of Savannah State. Considering the plays he was able to make, I’d say yeah, he probably outperformed a few of the 191 players selected in front of him.

The three-time Super Bowl champion wasn’t always a lock to make the Hall of Fame according to some of his fans, apparently, because someone decided to put together the excellent video below featuring everything that made Sharpe worthy of being inducted into Canton.

Since today is focusing on the good memories of Sharpe, let’s ignore his commentary career and instead look back on this fun commercial featuring him, Jason Sehorn and trash talking about diversified portfolios.

Congratulations on your induction into the Hall of Fame, Mr. Sharpe.

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Shannon Sharpe Joins NFL Hall Of Fame As One Of Game's Best Tight Ends

Shannon Sharpe retired as the career leader among tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns. For that and more, Sharpe will enter the NFL Hall of Fame on Saturday.

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