Shannon Sharpe, born on June 26, 1968, is a former American football tight end, mainly with the Denver Broncos for 14 seasons in the NFL.
Among the greatest tight ends, Sharpe ranks third in tight end receptions, yards and touchdowns.
Playing college football at Savannah State University, he was drafted by the Broncos in 1990. Sharpe had seven consecutive Pro Bowls, four All-Pros and two Super Bowl titles with Denver.
He also played for Baltimore Ravens, winning another Super Bowl. Upon retirement, Sharpe led in tight end receptions, yards and touchdowns.
He then became an analyst on CBS and co-hosted “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” on Fox Sports.
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011, Sharpe grew up in Georgia and excelled at Savannah State, earning accolades and leading the Tigers to record performances.
Despite his impressive college achievements, he was a seventh-round NFL draft pick due to size concerns.
Transitioning to a tight end role, his NFL career thrived, earning accolades and setting records.
I have made a list of the best quotes by Shannon Sharpe.
Best Shannon Sharpe Quotes
I felt like I always had to fight to prove my worth. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I can’t for the life of me – and I’ve tried – love someone like I love my grandmother, my sister, and my mom. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I love to work out. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I like to talk. I admit it. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I’ll always respect that institution of the presidency, and I’ll respect President Trump. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I’m not a good talker, I’m a great talker because I do it so often over a long period of time. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
It trips me out when I hear people say, ‘Well, I don’t see color.’ You see color. Now, how you respond and how you handle the situation once you’ve seen and noticed color is different. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I don’t know if Rush Limbaugh knows the difference between a screen porch and a screenplay. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Some guys get on the road, the first thing they do is look for the nearest golf course. I look for a gym. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
You just don’t wake up one morning and say, ‘I’m going to be a talker. I’m going to be a braggart.’ It’s something you achieve over the years, and you get better at it. Obviously, I’ve gotten pretty good at it. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I had a persona as a player, and I know this will come as a shock, but I liked to talk. But don’t let the persona overshadow the person. The persona liked to have fun. The person knew when it was time to get to work. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Talent is what wins games. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
The only thing I do is say what everyone else is thinking but doesn’t have the guts to say. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I’m just a skinny kid from Glennville, Georgia – 3,500 people, two traffic lights – going to the Hall of Fame. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
My grandmother raised her nine kids and raised my mom’s three. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Some people think all I did was trash talk. But ask my teammates, coaches – they saw how hard I worked, how hard I prepared. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I’m not trying to have no surgeries because I’m trying to impress somebody and I end up hurting or tearing my labrum or rotator cuff. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Charles Barkley played in an era where he was never the guy. He always had to take a back seat to Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Isaiah Thomas, because what did they have that he never got? A championship. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Top Shannon Sharpe Quotes
I’ve said numerous times the hardest job in America isn’t being a professional athlete. It’s not being a matador or having some job that puts your life at risk. The hardest job in America is being black, because it’s the one thing you can’t outrun. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Some people retire and play golf. Some people hunt. Some people fish. I work out. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I was born in the 1960s. I came up in the 1970s. I know how race relations were. The thing is, I want to advance the ball and never return to those days again. I want to keep the topic going. I’m going to discuss it. And we’re going to make America better. It’s my job as a citizen, and I demand it. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
There’s not a throw that Tom Brady can make that Aaron Rodgers can’t, but there are several throws that Aaron Rodgers can make that Tom Brady only dreams of making. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
You sacrifice so much to get to the NFL. You miss recitals and graduations. Moments that you can’t have because you’re focused on being the best. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I had a speech class in elementary school. And you know how teachers, when a kid is struggling to pronounce a word, used to lead him and say, ‘Johnny, sounds like… ? Johnny, sounds like… ?’ I said out loud, ‘Sounds like Johnny can’t read.’ Teacher told me to leave the room. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
For me, having played the game of football, I look at it through a much different lens. I don’t look at it from a fan’s perspective. I’m always trying to analyze and critique things when I’m watching sporting events. That’s why I never have the sound on. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I was a terrible student. I didn’t graduate magna cum laude: I graduated ‘Thank you, Lawdy!’ ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I’m big on green veggies: arugula, spinach, and kale. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I tell you what: I bet Jerry Jones would not trade places with a 75-year black man in Chicago. I bet Joel Klatt would not trade places with a 30-year old black guy from Chicago or Watts. I bet he wouldn’t do that. You know why? It’s great to know that I’m white and a male in America. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
No matter what I do, unless I break his records, I’m still going to be Sterling’s little brother. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Inspirational Shannon Sharpe Quotes
No one in my family graduated from college until my brother did, and then I did. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
You’re not going to win all the time. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Most people, they’re dug in. ‘Michael Jordan is the best player, and there’s nothing LeBron can do.’ A lot of people dug in that LeBron is whiny and he complains, he jumped teams, he wants all the best players. And once you have your mind made up on a particular topic, there’s no moving you off of that. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I really carried that seventh-round tag with me my whole career, even at the end. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
When someone keeps doing something, you say that that isn’t him, he is just making some bad decisions. Sometimes those decisions reflect the person. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I don’t want to live in a society where we ask sporting leagues or place of employment to dole out harsher punishment than what the criminal justice system would. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Most fans outside Denver don’t like me, and for good reason. I give them every reason not to like me. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I meet athletes from different backgrounds and see they share the same mentality and process as other athletes in other sports. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Everybody has an ego, and they don’t like their athletic ability to be questioned. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
In our culture, when the parents are having a tough time, the grandparents take care of the kids. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Growing up on a farm, I saw that if I didn’t go to the military or go to school, and I knew my mom and my family wasn’t going to be able to send me to school out of their pocket, so it basically came down to athletics. I knew I didn’t want to work on a farm. I knew I didn’t want to do manual labor the rest of my life. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I didn’t bother with trash-talking people’s moms, wives, or girlfriends. I was like, ‘Hold on, man, you mean to tell me you’re making $10 million a year? That’s $9 million, $999,999 too much!’ That ate them up. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
The thing you can’t measure is someone’s heart, someone’s desire. You can measure a 40, his vertical, his bench press, and that might let you know things like, yeah, he can jump high. But desire, his dedication, his determination, that’s something you can’t measure. That’s something you can’t measure about Rod Smith. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
When people told me I’d never make it, I listened to the one person who said I could: me. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I have the utmost respect for Charles Barkley. He was a heck of a ballplayer… When it comes to basketball, please quote Charles Barkley. But when it comes to race in America? Please don’t quote Charles Barkley. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I’m all in on ‘Undisputed,’ and that’s where I was with football. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Popular Shannon Sharpe Quotes
I don’t have a problem with athletes speaking up, but I want to make sure before they speak up, they read up. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
You can get in front of the media and say, ‘Yeah, I’m working hard.’ You can’t do it in front of those other 52 guys in the locker room. You can’t fool your teammates, because they see you. They see you every day, and they see you more than your family sees you. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I’m just a skinny kid from Glennville, Georgia. I’m going to the Hall of Fame. Not to the Hall of Very Good. The Hall of Fame. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
A lot of people mistake habit for hard work. Doing something over and over again is not working hard. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Everything I am is because of my grandmother. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
You have to do more than the coaches ask you, or you’ll never be a great player in this league. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
To get down on the ground and get yourself up for an extended period of time at 245 lbs… that takes a lot. When you see those CrossFit guys, none of them weigh 245, I can assure you of that. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
There is a reason they called it chasing your dreams and not walking after them. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I could have never been a high diver or a gymnast because I don’t like subjectivity. I love where I’m faster than you, or I can jump higher or swim faster. I don’t want you holding a card before I figure out whether I won or lost. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I was always a talker. You just don’t wake up one morning and say, I think I want to talk a little more.’ Some are better at it than others. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Famous Shannon Sharpe Quotes
At some point in time, we’re going to have to stop addressing the kneeling, and we’re going to have to start addressing what led Colin Kaepernick to kneel. That’s the issue that nobody wants to talk about. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Bill Belichick makes it real easy for you to root against the Patriots. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Peyton Manning is funny, hence the ‘Saturday Night Live’; you see him in his commercials. He’s funny. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Super Bowl XXXII was a victory made long before stepping on that field in San Diego in 1998. It was earned with my brother guiding me as a kid in Glennville, Ga., and as a seventh-round pick out of Savannah State. Even at the pinnacle, that ring was always his. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I am the only player who has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and am the second-best player in my family. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
My grandma told me, don’t get into trouble. I know how hard she worked to take care of her own nine kids and my mama’s three. And I just never wanted to hurt her. I never wanted to do something that would embarrass her. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
What I tell people all the time is that bodies are made in the kitchen, not in the gym. You cannot exercise a bad diet. It’s just impossible. Unless you want to be the ultra-marathoner or someone like a Michael Phelps that’s swimming 70 or 80,000 meters in a week, you cannot exercise a bad diet. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I’m not uncomfortable with my looks. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I’ve got my bell rung, and when I first came in the league, the term wasn’t ‘concussion,’ it was ‘getting dinged’ or ‘had your bell rung.’ So I had my bell rung a few times. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
To say someone is the greatest, I just don’t want championships to define that greatness. Because under that theory, Robert Horry is one of the five or six best basketball players ever – he has seven championship rings. We know that not to be true. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
If you only vote with your back pocket in mind or your own best interest in mind, I believe, it is my belief that’s a terrible, terrible way of thinking. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Great Shannon Sharpe Quotes
I like to think my teammates had a good time when I was around. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I’m not supposed to be phonetically correct or enunciate perfectly. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
You can tell the truth, but sometimes you can’t always be in your face with it. I found a way to tell the truth and put it in a nice, neat package for people to receive it. A lot of times, you have to put it in a nice, neat box with a bow tie, and when they open it, it’s the truth. I think people respect that. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
People say, ‘Since you got rich and famous, you’ve become insufferable.’ I say, ‘That’s not true. I’ve always been insufferable.’ ~ Shannon Sharpe.
There’s no other game like the Super Bowl. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Even through all those Pro Bowls, at the end of the day, I was always just a seventh-round pick. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
You’re only great if you win. I mean, Alexander wasn’t Alexander the Mediocre or Alexander the Average. He was Alexander the Great, and there’s a reason for it. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
When I left my grandmother’s home in 1986 headed to Savannah State with two brown grocery bags filled with my belongings, nothing was going to keep me from realizing my dreams. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Didn’t know until my rookie year you could buy chicken parts separate, like drumsticks and thighs and breast. My granny always bought the whole chicken and cut it up. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Don’t hope someone gives you an opportunity: create one for yourself. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Racism is a disease. Go to your doctor with an ailment, and let the doctor tell you, ‘Well, look, I’m not going to treat you; we’re just not going to talk about it. It’s going to go away.’ You would look at him like he’s crazy. By not talking about racism, it’s not going to go away. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Inspiring Shannon Sharpe Quotes
I was a talker back in elementary school. I used to get A’s and B’s in everything, but I got an F in conduct. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
President Trump wouldn’t stick to politics, so he got to jump into sports. So I feel very comfortable now, moving forward, jumping back and forth. Sports to politics, politics to sports. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I love the NFL. Everything that I really have is because of the NFL… but every idea that the NFL pitched is not a great idea. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
Colin Kaepernick had a… maybe he had an epiphany. Maybe he had a realization that ‘I have a higher calling the playing quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.’ ~ Shannon Sharpe.
If you want to boo, I want you to boo me as loud as you can, because I think that’s a sign of respect: You don’t boo the bad players; you boo the really good ones. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
In my 14 years, catching 200 yards or scoring 3 touchdowns in a game, breaking a record – none of those compared to winning the Super Bowl for the first time. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
I want to make one thing crystal clear. The NFL does have a responsibility to make sure that their players are upstanding, law-abiding citizens. ~ Shannon Sharpe.
So these were the 90 top Shannon Sharpe quotes and sayings.