Sterling Sharpe

Sterling Sharpe (born April 6, 1965) is a former American football wide receiver and analyst for the NFL Network. He attended the University of South Carolina, and played from 1988 to 1994 with the Green Bay Packers in a career shortened by injuries.[1][2]

Sterling Sharpe
No. 84
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:April 6, 1965 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Glennville (GA)
College:South Carolina
NFL Draft:1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:8,134
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early life and college

Growing up, Sharpe lived in Glennville, Georgia, with his grandmother and siblings, including his brother, Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe. He attended Glennville High School, playing running back, quarterback and linebacker and was a member of the basketball and track teams. As a wide receiver at the University of South Carolina, Sharpe set school records with 169 career receptions and 2,497 receiving yards and a since-broken record of 17 career touchdowns. He also set the school record for single-season receiving touchdowns with 11, which was broken in 2005 by Sidney Rice. Sharpe's No. 2 jersey was retired by South Carolina at the end of the 1987 regular season, making him the second Gamecock to be granted this honor while still playing. His college coach and mentor, William "Tank" Black, left the Gamecocks to become a player manager and represented Sharpe throughout his professional career. Sharpe was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

Professional career

Sharpe was the first round seventh overall draft pick by the Packers in 1988 and had an immediate impact on the team. In his rookie season he started all sixteen games and caught 55 passes. His sophomore season he led the league with 90 receptions, the first Packer to do so since Don Hutson in 1945, and broke Hutson's records for receptions and receiving yards in a season. Sharpe was known as a tough receiver with strong hands, who was willing to go over the middle to make difficult catches in traffic.

A few years later, in 1992, Sharpe and the new quarterback, Brett Favre, teamed up to become one of the top passing tandems in the league. In the final game of that season he and Favre hooked up for Sharpe's 107th reception of the season which broke the NFL's single-season receptions record, set by Art Monk in 1984. That season, Sharpe became one of only six players in NFL history to win the outright "Triple Crown" at the receiver position: leading the league in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and receptions. Ray Flaherty (1932), Don Hutson (1936, 1941–44), Elroy Hirsch (1951), Raymond Berry (1959) led all three categories during the same season in years before the Super Bowl era. Jerry Rice (1990) and Steve Smith Sr. (2005) are the only other players to accomplish this feat since the first Super Bowl season. In the 1993 season Sharpe subsequently broke his own record, with 112 receptions; this also made him the first player to have consecutive seasons catching more than 100 passes. In 1994, his 18 touchdown receptions were the second most in league history at the time, behind Jerry Rice's 22 in 1987. On October 24, 1993, Sharpe became the second Packer in team history to catch four touchdown passes in one game since Don Hutson in 1945.

Sterling Sharpe's tenure at wide receiver was cut short by a neck injury suffered toward the end of the 1994 regular season,[3] ending a career in which he was invited to the Pro Bowl five times (1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, and 1994). Since he was unable to continue playing, and was not on the Packers team that won the Super Bowl in 1996, his brother Shannon gave him the first of the three Super Bowl rings he won,[4] citing him as a major influence in his life by saying:

The two people who influenced me the most, good or bad, are Sterling and my grandmother. Everything I know about being a man, about football, everything I know about sports, pretty much in life, is because of those two people.[5]

His younger brother, Shannon Sharpe, was one of the NFL's top tight ends from the 1990s to the early 2000s (decade). Shannon retired in 2003 and once again followed in his brother's footsteps, becoming a sportscaster for the NFL pregame show on CBS, The NFL Today. Shannon Sharpe was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. In his Hall of Fame speech, Shannon implored the Hall of Fame voters to consider Sterling's candidacy.

NFL career statistics

Led the league
Bold Career high
Year Team GP Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Rec Yards Avg TD Long YPG Att Yards TD
1988 GB 16 55 791 14.4 1 51 49.4 4 -2 0 3
1989 GB 16 90 1,423 15.8 12 79 88.9 2 25 0 1
1990 GB 16 67 1,105 16.5 6 76 69.1 2 14 0 0
1991 GB 16 69 961 13.9 4 58 60.1 4 4 0 1
1992 GB 16 108 1,461 13.5 13 76 91.3 4 8 0 2
1993 GB 16 112 1,274 11.4 11 54 79.6 4 8 0 1
1994 GB 16 94 1,119 11.9 18 49 69.9 3 15 0 1
Career 112 595 8,134 13.7 65 79 72.6 23 72 0 9



  1. ^ "Sterling Sharpe Biography". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  2. ^ "Sterling Sharpe - Biography - IMDb". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "Injury Could End Sharpe's Career". The New York Times. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  4. ^ "Super Bowl XXXVI".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-12-24. Retrieved 2006-11-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Sterling Sharpe Stats". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 25, 2016.

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1989 Green Bay Packers season

The 1989 Green Bay Packers season was their 71st overall and their 69th in the National Football League. The Packers posted a 10–6 record, their best since 1972, but failed to make the playoffs. The team was often referred to as the "Cardiac Pack" due to several close-game wins. The 1989 Packers hold the NFL record for most one-point victories in a season with four. The team was coached by Lindy Infante and led by quarterback Don Majkowski, who attained his nickname "The Majik Man."

1992 Green Bay Packers season

The 1992 Green Bay Packers season was their 74th season overall and their 72nd in the National Football League. The club posted a 9–7 record under new coach Mike Holmgren, earning them a second-place finish in the NFC Central division. 1992 saw the emergence of QB Brett Favre and the start of the Packers' success of the 1990s.

1993 Detroit Lions season

The 1993 Detroit Lions season was the 64th season in franchise history. The Lions improved from the 1992 season, and finished 10-6 and winning the NFC Central Division for the second time in three years.

In the playoffs, the Lions lost in the Wild Card Round at home to the Green Bay Packers on a Brett Favre 40-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Sharpe with 55 seconds left.

The 1993 season was the last time they would win the NFC Central and is, as of 2018, the Lions last division championship, from 1994 to present they would struggle especially in 2008 with an 0-16 record and only made the playoffs seven times.

1993 Green Bay Packers season

The 1993 Green Bay Packers season was their 75th season overall and their 73rd in the National Football League. They had a 9–7 record and won their first playoff berth in 11 years. The record also marked the first back-to-back winning season since the Packers 1967 season. During the regular season, the Packers finished with 340 points, ranking sixth in the National Football League], and allowed 282 points, ranking ninth. In his third year as a pro and second with the Packers, quarterback Brett Favre led the Packers offense, passing for 3,303 yards and 19 touchdowns. Favre, who played his first full season, was selected to his second of eleven Pro Bowl appearances.

In the playoffs, the Packers played in the NFC Wild Card Game against the Detroit Lions. The Packers won 28–24, closing with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre to Sterling Sharpe with 55 seconds left. In the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, the Packers played the Dallas Cowboys and lost 27–17.

The Packers commemorated their 75th overall season of professional football in 1993 with a "75" logo uniform patch, one year before the NFL's diamond anniversary.

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South Carolina Gamecocks football statistical leaders

The South Carolina Gamecocks football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the South Carolina Gamecocks football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Gamecocks represent University of South Carolina in the NCAA's Southeastern Conference.

Although South Carolina began competing in intercollegiate football in 1892, the school's official record book does not generally contain entries from before the late 1940s, as records before this time are often incomplete and inconsistent. These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

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The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Gamecocks have played in 10 bowl games since then, allowing players on these teams an additional game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the 2018 season.

Sterling (given name)

Sterling is a given name. Notable people with the name include:

Sterling Foster Black (1924-1996), American lawyer

Sterling Golden, early stage name for American professional wrestler Hulk Hogan (born 1953)

Sterling Hayden (1916-1986), American actor and author

Sterling Hitchcock (born 1971), American Major League Baseball pitcher

Sterling Holloway (1905-1992), American actor

Sterling Hyltin, New York City Ballet principal dancer (2003-2007)

Sterling Jerins (born 2004), American actress

Sterling Knight (born 1989), American actor

Sterling Marlin (born 1957), American retired NASCAR Driver and Daytona 500 champion

Sterling Moore (born 1990), American football player

Sterling Morrison (1942-1995), guitar player with The Velvet Underground

Sterling Sharpe (born 1965), American National Football League wide receiver

Sterling Simms (born 1982), singer on Def Jam

Sterling Slaughter (born 1941), American Major League Baseball pitcher in 1964

Sterling Van Wagenen, American film producer and co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival

Vernon Biever

Vernon Joseph Biever (May 21, 1923 – October 13, 2010 ) was an American photographer, most notably with the Green Bay Packers.

Biever covered his first Packers game in 1941 for The Milwaukee Sentinel while a student at St. Norbert College. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Later, he owned a Ben Franklin store and a travel agency in Port Washington, Wisconsin. He was the official team photographer from 1946 until his retirement in 2006.His photographs were collected in The Glory of Titletown (ISBN 0878339906). Biever's photographs have been featured in books, television shows, and movies.

Biever's son John is a photographer for Sports Illustrated. His other son, James, and grandson, Michael, also were photographers for the Packers.

William "Tank" Black

William H. Black Jr. (known by the nickname “Tank”) (born March 11, 1957) is a former sports agent. Black was an assistant coach for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks before starting his Columbia, South Carolina-based sports agency, Professional Management Incorporated (PMI) in 1988. His first client was former Gamecocks wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, a first-round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers in 1988.

Black’s career peaked in April 1999 when he set a new record for a single agent by signing five of that year’s 31 first-round NFL draft picks, plus three second round draft picks. Within a year he had been accused of improperly funneling cash to college players, and became implicated in a money laundering case, a Ponzi investment scheme, and allegations by the Securities and Exchange Commission that he was involved in a stock swindle. In a plea agreement, he admitted to money laundering and obstruction of justice charges, and lost a criminal trial on charges of stock fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission. In 2004, while serving nearly seven years in prison, he represented himself in his appeal of the SEC-related case and won, effectively clearing himself of allegations that he cheated clients. He was released from prison in December 2007.

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