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Sterling Sharpe

Wide Receiver

Sterling Sharpe

Inducted 2014

Date of Birth



Glennville, GA


University of South Carolina (1983-1987)


In wide receiver Sterling Sharpe’s first three seasons at South Carolina, the Gamecocks failed to post a winning record. With the school playing an independent schedule, Sharpe didn’t receive the publicity his skills deserved. He played little as a freshman and then was redshirted the 1984 season before becoming a starter as a sophomore. As a junior, he gained second-team All-America status as he placed fifth in the nation in receiving, catching 74 passes and scoring ten touchdowns. He is still regarded as the greatest receiver in South Carolina history. Sterling Sharpe set virtually all of the school’s receiving records during his career in Columbia, including career receptions (169), single-season receiving yards (1,106) and career receiving yards (2,497). The seventh overall selection by the Green Bay Packers in the 1988 NFL Draft, Sharpe played seven seasons for the Packers. The five-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection led the league in receiving three times before his retirement. After his playing days, he became a television football analyst.


Height 6'0"

Weight 207

Career Highlights

  • 1987 First-team All-America
  • 1986 Second-team All-America
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