Former Broncos and Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe wasn’t selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. But he thinks he’s getting in eventually.
Speaking on 1510 The Score in Denver, Sharpe first congratulated the seven men who were chosen for enshrinement, and then said he believes it will happen for him some day.
“I think it will,” Sharpe said, per SportsRadioInterviews.com. “Here’s the thing. My only problem is this: You’re either a Hall of Famer or you’re not. It’s as simple as that.”
Sharpe added that he shouldn’t have to wait for Hall of Fame enshrinement. And he noted that as modern passing games improve the statistics of today’s quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends, it will be tougher for his statistics — and the stats of other players from his generation — to look good in comparison.
“To have to wait 20 years then all of a sudden you get in, or to have to wait 15 years because as you go further and further, more modern guys come out,” Sharpe said. “So their numbers look better and better. For the past six or seven years, this is a passing league. [In the future], my 815 [catches] is going to look small. Tony [Gonzalez] is probably going to have 1,100. Jason Witten’s probably going to have 900 or 1,000.”
Ultimately, although Sharpe thinks he’s going to be a Hall of Famer, the fact that he’s not in the Hall yet leads him to believe that tight ends aren’t appreciated.
“I know one thing, they don’t value the tight end position,” Sharpe said. “I think that’s the biggest thing — they don’t really value that position.”