Sterling Sharpe, a three-time All-Pro with the Green Bay Packers, was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame for his exploits with the South Carolina Gamecocks from 1983-87.

Sterling Sharpe Voted To College Football Hall


Sterling Sharpe, the former Green Bay Packers standout, was one of 14 former players selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Hall’s class of 2014 was announced Thursday, according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com.

Sharpe, an All-America wide receiver at South Carolina from 1983-87, spent his entire NFL career with the Packers after being selected with the seventh overall selection in 1988.

As a Gamecock, Sharpe caught 169 passes for 2,497 yards, with the bulk of those coming in his junior and senior seasons.

As a junior in 1986, Sharpe caught 74 balls for 1,106 yards and 10 scores, while also scoring two touchdowns on the ground.

As a senior, Sharpe’s individual numbers were down—62 receptions and 915 yards with five scores, but he had three rushing touchdowns and also scored on a punt return. More than that, South Carolina made its first bowl appearance since 1984 after going 8-3 as an independent, with all three losses coming on the road to ranked opponents.

The Gamecocks lost to No. 20 Georgia in Athens 13-6 in their third game, then dropped to 2-2 with a 30-21 loss at No. 2 Nebraska the following week. After running off six straight wins, the Gamecocks lost their regular-season finale at Miami—ranked No. 2 en route to winning the national championship—20-16.

Sharpe’s 169 receptions and 2,497 receiving yards are still school records at South Carolina, with his marks of 17 career receiving touchdowns and a single-season record 11 touchdown catches having since been broken.

In the NFL, Sharpe went on to become a three-time All-Pro in his seven years in Green Bay, three times leading the league in receptions, including setting a record with 112 catches in 1993. His 18 touchdown receptions in 1994 are tied for the third-highest single-season total in NFL history. The single-season reception mark didn’t last long—Cris Carter of the Minnesota Vikings broke it with 122 receptions the very next season.

Sharpe’s NFL career was cut short by a neck injury in 1994. He still holds three NFL records—34 consecutive games with at least four receptions, four games with at least three touchdown catches and two games of at least four touchdown receptions (a record he shares with Jerry Rice and Bob Shaw).

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  • RyansDad

    Sterling was an absolutely great player. He was a joy to watch

    • Phil Watson

      He really was. One of my favorites.