Sterling Sharpe named Pro Football Hall of Fame semi-finalist

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced that there are 25 senior nominees and 29 coaches/contributors as semi-finalists for the Class of 2023. Packers legend Sterling Sharpe is one of those semi-finalists. It was long overdue for the NFL legend. Although his career was cut short due to a neck injury, the former South Carolina star built up a Hall of Fame portfolio in just seven seasons from 1988 to 1994.

Despite the career-ending neck injury, Sharpe has never missed a game in his career. It’s true. He started all 112 games he appeared in during his career at Green Bay. The Chicago native was a five-time Pro Bowler and a three-time First-Team All-Pro selection. He led the NFL in receptions three times (1989, 1992, 1993) and led the NFL in receiving touchdowns twice (1992, 1994). He also led the NFL in receiving yards in 1992. His 1992 season was one of the most dominant seasons of all time. He led the league in all three major receiving categories (108 receptions, 1,461 yards, 13 touchdowns). In 1993, he set a career-high 112 receptions and also set a career-high in touchdown receptions with a whopping 18 in 1993. He had five 1,000-yard seasons in seven years (six career seasons more than 900 receiving yards). He had four career seasons with double-digit touchdown receptions. Had Sharpe not been injured, he would also have earned a Super Bowl ring with the Packers in the 1996-97 season.

Sterling Sharpe is one of the greatest receivers in NFL history. There is no other way to describe him and his career. That it took the College Football Hall of Famer almost 30 years to become a Pro Football Hall of Famer semi-finalist is kind of ridiculous. Sharpe truly deserves to be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Time will tell if the voters are on his side.

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