Shannon Sharpe: Greatest Tight End of All Time Busts into Hall of Fame

February 11, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In the NFL, it's extremely rare to credit one player with revolutionizing their position.
Shannon Sharpe did just that. He revolutionized the tight end position by becoming a valuable pass-catching threat.
Yes, other tight ends came before Sharpe and caught passes effectively—Ozzie Newsome and Mike Ditka to name a few—but Sharpe took the position to new heights in the Mile High City.
Sharpe wasn't the fastest player on the field (my dad used to always say he ran in slow motion) but his speed was too much for a linebacker to cover while his size was enough to overpower any safety.
In the 90s, when linebackers were more centered around being big hitters than covering receivers, Sharpe ran circles around them.
If a team decided to switch a safety onto him, it opened up the Broncos' other receiving threats and John Elway took advantage. And Sharpe still found ways to get open, out-muscling safeties for position.
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