Shannon Sharpe thinks he'll end up in the Hall of Fame

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.”

42 responses to “Shannon Sharpe thinks he'll end up in the Hall of Fame

  1. He should. There is a apart of me that is still pissed for his mimick call to the President in 1996 when the Broncos were kicking our asses in Foxboro to send the troops.
    Actually it was funny!

  2. “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.”

    As awful as Shannon Sharpe is as a broadcaster, he’s absolutely correct on this. All that first-ballot stuff is a bunch of crap.

  3. He was a good tight end but he is a terrible and I mean terrible speaker.
    Is it me or does he sound like he has a mouth full of rocks everytime he speaks.
    He is really difficult to understand and when he gets all geeked up he is impossible to tell what in the hell he is saying.
    He is by the way wrong about the tight end position, they are appreciated, maybe he isn’t?

  4. He was a great blocker of words that came out of his piehole..MumbleLip deserves a spot in the Hall..

  5. It seems pretty obvious to me that Shannon Sharpe was one of the many taking steroids and HGH a few years ago.
    Didn’t he abruptly retire after a Pro-Bowl season?
    I always get suspicious when players retire suddenly in the middle of the off-season (well before training camp).
    I figure that they may have gotten tagged on one of the off-season random drug tests.
    I think the same thing happened with:
    Jimmy Smith (steroids)
    Ricky Williams (steroids, not pot)

  6. Sorry but in my humble opinion, Sharpe doesn’t come close to being a Hall of famer. True he was a very good tight end and has some good stats but nowadays they seem to put people in the HALL like they are giving out atta-boys. When I think of the hall of fame tight ends I immediately see the likes of John Mackey, Mike Ditka, and Kellen Winslow and sorry Shannon, you are NOT on that level eve if your ego thinks so.

  7. I think the voters are punishing him for his complete lack of style that he shows when on CBS. He looks like an idiot and they don’t want him to show up at the ceremony wearing something as terrible. Just my opinion because his career clearly has him as a HOFer.

  8. “I know one thing, they don’t value the tight end position,” Sharpe said.
    That’s great Shannon. The only problem is that you were barely a tight-end. You’re a glorified slot WR. When you left town, Ed McCaffery replaced you. Replaced you well too, if I recall.
    Antonio Gates or Jason Witten do more in one season as a true TE than you did in your whole career. Now go over-enunciate some narcissistic tirade.

  9. Shannon paved the way for the great tight ends today. That’s not to say that had he not changed the way teams view the TE slot on the field that somebody else would not have eventually done it, but HE is the one that actually did. Because of Shannon, guys like Gonzo, Gates, Witten, Clark, and others are getting the touches they are and having that kind of success.

  10. he is without question a HOFer. the strength of the recent classes has hurt him but he’ll be in Canton sooner rather than later

  11. You guys are crazy if you think Sharpe should not be in the HOF. He set the record for receptions by a TE which seems to indicate he was the best pass catching TE to play at that time, and he won 3 Super Bowls. I can say with near certainty that if he did not go to Baltimore, the Ravens never win the 2000 Super Bowl. He is a hall of famer without a doubt.

  12. I do not like Shannon as a broadcaster but he was a damn good tight end and no doubt a hall of famer.

  13. Horse walks into a bar.
    Bartender says “hey pal, why the long face… you’ll get in the HoF someday”.

  14. Thannon Tharpe talking about Ben Roethlithberger is funny. Throwing it over to Boomer Ethiathon is funny too

  15. Sharpe may not be the smartest guy on TV (but neither is 98% of the other so called experts that are on there) but he is entertaining to listen too and there is no doubting what he did on the field. It is hard for younger people to give props to guys elgible for the HOF because they don’t know much about them. Sharpe was one if not the best TE’s in his time (along with Tony Gonzalez).

  16. Chapnasty2 says:
    February 9, 2010 4:02 PM
    I think the voters are punishing him for his complete lack of style that he shows when on CBS. He looks like an idiot and they don’t want him to show up at the ceremony wearing something as terrible. Just my opinion because his career clearly has him as a HOFer.
    Dude, you get a YELLOW Jacket from the Hall of Fame that you must wear, stop being a dum dum.
    Now get lost Big Bird

  17. If him or his retard brother Sterling get into the hall, it will become just as much of a joke as the pro bowl. And that would be sad….
    Oh, and lol@ Occam… best one liner i’ve heard in a month!!!

  18. he sure belongs in the horse racing HOF.
    whinnieeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!
    a horse is a horse of course of course…

  19. Sharpe was a WR playing the TE position…. if he were to walk off the CBS set and run into a stage hand off camera – it quite possibly could be the first block he’s ever thrown in his career.
    Did he catch a lot of passes? Sure. Do real TE’s also block? Yup. Should someone be elected to the HoF when they only performed half the functions of a position? HELL no.
    Later Trigger.

  20. I can’t believe horse face has a media job.
    Nobody understands him and he gives the forecast every time he tries to speak.

  21. “It seems pretty obvious to me that Shannon Sharpe was one of the many taking steroids and HGH a few years ago.
    Didn’t he abruptly retire after a Pro-Bowl season?
    I always get suspicious when players retire suddenly in the middle of the off-season (well before training camp).
    I figure that they may have gotten tagged on one of the off-season random drug tests.
    I think the same thing happened with:
    Jimmy Smith (steroids)
    Ricky Williams (steroids, not pot)”
    whoever said this is a jackass. he didnt abruptly retire, he had been thinking about it for a while. he retired because he was offered a studio gig that probably wouldnt have been there the next year. and the fact that he was on the ropes about retirement as it was the TV deal is what made him lean towards retirement. not because he was on drugs or steriods.

  22. He does sound like he has rocks in his mouth.
    But I believe he retired with the most receptions by a TE, so why isn’t he in? Must be some kind of crap reasoning like they did w/Art Monk for years.
    His brother Sterling is a very good anouncer, & was a better player till his neck injury made him retire.

  23. Clinton Portis thinks he’s going to be in the HOF too but that’s not going to happen. Sharpe was a very good TE in the NFL for many years but it’s the ninnies like Peter King who have the opinions that count.

  24. Sharpe deserves it as much as anybody. Remember the year the Dilfer-led Ravens won the Super Bowl? The whole game plan was for the D to shut the other O down and get Sharpe the ball. I’ve never seen a successful team rely on a TE like that. Sharpe belongs…

  25. Occam says:
    February 9, 2010 4:45 PM
    Hope his acceptance speech will be subtitled for those of us who speak English.
    Bravo.
    Strong classes, wait till next year. Is there a time limit for speeches? TE’s only get 2 minutes.

  26. He does belong in the HOF because of his numbers, but I always thought it was a joke to call him a TE. He was really a glorified WR. As HGH’d up as he was, he never blocked anyone. Hines Ward could line up at TE and block more effectively than Sharpe. He looked like tarzan and blocked like Jane. If he entered the league now he would be a 3rd receiver.

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