Jan 9, 2011 9:58 PM by Jordan Mason
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Former Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe (1990-99, 2002-03) was named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011, it was announced on Sunday.
A finalist for the third consecutive year, Sharpe joins 14 other modern-era finalists along with two senior nominees. The actual voting for the Class of 2011 will be conducted at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee's annual meeting, which will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, - the day before Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in North Texas.
The election results will be announced at 5 p.m. MT during a one-hour NFL Network special, live from the Super Bowl Media Center.
Sharpe played 12 seasons for the Broncos (1990-99, 2002-03) and two years with the Ravens (2000-01), winning three Super Bowls and finishing his career as the NFL's all-time leader in receptions (815), receiving yards (10,060) and receiving touchdowns (62) by a tight end. Selected by Denver in the seventh round of the 1990 NFL Draft from Savannah State University, Sharpe set a league record at his position with eight Pro Bowls (7 as a Bronco) and was named to the 1990s NFL All-Decade Team.
The tight end participated in 204 career regular-season games (169 starts) for his career, totaling 815 receptions for 10,060 yards with 62 touchdowns. In the playoffs, Sharpe played 18 games (all starts) and had 62 catches for 814 yards with four touchdowns.
A four-time first-team Associated Press All-Pro who was inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame in 2009, Sharpe has participated in more wins (134) than any tight end in NFL history. He helped the Broncos to two Super Bowl victories (1997-98) and added his third World Championship as a member of the Ravens in 2000.
Sharpe ranks second in Broncos history in receptions (675), receiving yards (8,439) and receiving touchdowns (55). He saw time in 172 games (139 starts) during his 12 seasons in Denver and posted three 1,000-yard receiving seasons, including a career-high 1,107 yards in 1997.
He totaled at least 100 receiving yards in a game 20 times for his 14-year NFL career, including 18 times as a Bronco.