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Former Broncos TE Shannon Sharpe Elected to Black College Football Hall of Fame

Shannon Sharpe has been selected as a member of the 2013 class slated to be inducted to the Black College Football Hall of Fame.

Jamie Squire

You thought the election coverage was over? Amid the pomp and circumstance of yesterday's events there was some great news for former Broncos TE Shannon Sharpe. From a list of thirty-five finalists, Sharpe was selected to be inducted with the class of 2013 on February 16, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. Founded in 2010, Sharpe will be a member of the Hall of Fame's third induction class.

Black College Football Hall of Fame - Class of 2013

Elvin Bethea (OLB, NC A&T, 1964-1967)

Charles Brackins (QB, Prairie View A&M, 1951-1954)

Joe Gilliam, Jr. (QB, Tennessee State University, 1968-1971)

Ken Houston (DB, Prairie View A&M, 1964-1967)

Charlie Joiner (WR, Grambling State University, 1965-1968)

Ed "Too Tall" Jones (DL, Tennessee State University, 1970-1973)

Larry Little (OL, Bethune-Cookman University, 1963-1966)

Shannon Sharpe (TE, Savannah State University, 1986-1989)

Jackie Slater (OL, Jackson State University, 1973-1976)

John "Big John" Merritt (Head Coach, Tennessee State, 1953-1983)

Charlie Neal (Long time commentator for Black College Football


Shannon Sharpe

Savannah State University


Shannon Sharpe was a three-time All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection from 1987 to 1989 and the SIAC Player of the Year in 1987.

He was selected as a Kodak Division II All-American in 1989, and was a three-time Pittsburgh Courier Black College All-American (1987-89).

Sharpe led the Tigers' to their best records in the program's history: 7-3 in 1988 and 8-1 in 1989.

Shannon was selected in the seventh round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos (192nd overall), and played 12 seasons, winning two Super Bowls. Sharpe also had a two-year stint with the Baltimore Ravens that included another Super Bowl win.

He finished his NFL career with the Broncos and retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions (815), receiving yards (10,060) and receiving touchdowns (62) by a tight end.

Sharpe holds the distinction of being the first tight end to amass over 10,000 receiving yards and was Shannon was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

Shannon Sharpe was selected by MHR as the Greatest Denver Bronco to wear #84. For that article, click here.

For more on the Black College Hall of Fame, click here.