Packers: Sterling Sharpe named Pro Football Hall of Fame semi-finalist

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Diehard Green Bay Packers fans should be very excited about recent news surrounding their former franchise-great in legend Sterling Sharpe.

The career-long Packer was recently named a Pro Football Hall of Fame semi-finalist as a contributor. Sharpe played just seven NFL seasons but was incredibly dominant through almost all seven. The former South Carolina star retired back in 1994 after a storied career in the Green and Gold.

Sterling Sharpe played in and started all 112 games over his seven NFL seasons. He had over 90+ receptions in four of those seven seasons with 1,000+ yards coming in five of his seven years. His best season came in 1992, which was Brett Favre’s first season in Green Bay coincidentally, when he caught 108 passes for a career-high 1,461 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

However, he would set a career-high in receptions with 112, and then he would set a career-high in receiving touchdowns with 18 in his final season in 1994.

The Chicago native was named a five-time Pro Bowl selection, along with three first-team All-Pro selections. He led the NFL in receptions three times, and he also led the league in receiving touchdowns twice.

Sharpe caught double-digit receiving touchdowns in four of his seven seasons. No. 84 was an absolute force for the Packers his entire career.

Sharpe is already a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. For him to have waited this long to become a Pro Football Hall of Fame semi-finalist is a bit of a problem. Had he not gotten his career cut short due to a neck injury, he would have been a Super Bowl winner in 1996-97 with Brett Favre, Reggie White, and Mike Holmgren.

Sharpe, like Hall-of-Famer Calvin Johnson, did not have a very long career. But during his time in the league, he was just so dominant. His numbers speak for themselves. He is not just one of the best receivers of the 1990s, but he is one of the best receivers in NFL history. He deserves to already be in Canton.