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Sharpe Retrospective

Broncos TE retires, leaving fans with memories of quotes and catches

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  Shannon Sharpe
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After 14 record-setting seasons, Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe is retiring to become an analyst on CBS' NFL Today pregame show. Here are some of his career highlights:

Quote, unquote

• As caught by NFL Films, speaking into a sideline phone during Denver's 34-8 rout of New England on Nov. 17, 1996 -- "Mr. President, call in the National Guard! Send as many men as you can spare! Because we are killing the Patriots! They need emergency help!"

• On the Bengals -- "The only way I'd play for the Cincinnati Bengals is if they gave me $20 million and didn't put my name on the back of the jersey."

• On his high school grades -- "I didn't graduate cum laude. I graduated 'Thank you, Lawdy.' With my grades, I couldn't have gotten into prison."

• On growing up in poverty -- "We were so poor, a robber once broke into our house and we ended up robbing the robber."

Inside the Numbers

• Blocked for five different 1,000-yard rushers in Denver who combined for nine 1,000-yard seasons -- Bobby Humphrey (1990), Gaston Green (1991), Terrell Davis (1995-98), Olandis Gary (1999) and Clinton Portis (2002-03). He also helped lead Jamal Lewis to a 1,000-yard season for Baltimore in its Super Bowl-winning season.

• More than 60 catches in 10 of his last 11 seasons (the only exception was 1999, when he played just five games).

• One of four players to post 11 50-catch seasons, along with Jerry Rice (16), Andre Reed (13) and Cris Carter (11).

• Posted three 1,000-yard seasons (1994, 1996 and 1997).

• Holds the NFL's single-game yardage record for a TE, set Oct. 20, 2002, at Kansas City (214 yards on 12 receptions).

• Was 13-5 in playoff games, including 8-4 with the Broncos.

TEs Drafted in 1990
Career Statistics
Rd. No. Player School G Rec. Yards TDs
1 21 Eric Green Liberty 120 362 4,390 36
3 54 Mike Jones Texas A&M 31 5 26 2
4 87 Jesse Anderson Miss. State 35 11 150 2
4 102 Jackie Harris La.-Monroe 167 393 4,410 25
5 125 Charles Arbuckle UCLA 42 33 282 1
6 163 Derrick Walker Michigan 129 180 1,770 9
7 178 Scott Galbraith USC 0 0 0 0
7 192 Shannon Sharpe Savannah St. 202 815 10,060 62
8 204 Doug Wellsandt Wash. State 0 0 0 0
9 231 Phil Ross Ore. State 0 0 0 0
10 252 Dave Elle South Dakota 0 0 0 0
10 254 Mike Busch Iowa State 0 0 0 0
10 263 Craig Hudson Wisconsin 0 0 0 0
11 283 Tommie Stowers Missouri 0 0 0 0
12 331 Demetrius Davis Nevada 0 0 0 0
Career Totals for Class of 1990
  G Rec. Yards TDs
Other 14 TEs combined 524 984 11,028 45
Shannon Sharpe 202 815 * 10,060 * 62 *
  * -- NFL record for TEs
200-Game TEs
Player Years G Rec. Yards TDs
Pete Metzelaars 1982-1997 235 383 3,686 29
• Never finished in the top 10 in any major category.
Rodney Holman 1982-1995 213 365 4,771 36
• Never finished in the top 10 in any major category.
Ed West 1984-1997 211 237 2,665 27
• Never finished in the top 10 in any major category.
Jackie Smith 1963-1978 210 480 7,918 40
• Finished third in yards with 1,205 in 1967.
Shannon Sharpe 1990-2003 202 815 10,060 62
• All-time rank: ninth in receptions, 21st in yards and 45th in TDs.
  Source: pro-football-reference.com
Hall of Fame TEs
Player G Rec. Yards TDs
Dave Casper 147 378 5,216 52
Mike Ditka 158 427 5,812 43
John Mackey 139 331 5,236 38
Ozzie Newsome 198 662 7,980 47
Jackie Smith 210 480 7,918 40
Kellen Winslow 109 541 6,741 45


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