Why Sterling Sharpe Was an Injury Away from Being the Next Jerry Rice

February 27, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

There's nothing worse in sports than a "what if." You know—the player who turns in a few incredible seasons before injuries abruptly end his career.
Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers is a prime example. Sayers earned five first-team All-Pro selections before injuries ended his career after just 68 games. 
Yet Sayers may not even be the biggest example of a player whose career was drastically derailed by injuries. 
That would be former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sterling Sharpe.
After a fantastic college career at the University of South Carolina, Sharpe was selected by the Packers with the seventh pick in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft.
Sharpe started all 16 games his rookie season, catching 55 passes for 791 yards and a touchdown.
In his sophomore season, Sharpe became the best receiver in the NFL not named Jerry Rice. He set franchise records with 90 catches and 1,423 yards, and his 12 touchdowns were the second-highest total in the ...

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