Much like our entry with Terrell Davis, we wonder what kind of career numbers Sterling Sharpe would have put up had a neck injury not prematurely ended his career in his prime in 1994. It is not out of the realm of possibility to think that he could have in the top ten in every major receiving category had he stayed healthy.
Sterling Sharpe was productive in every year he was in the NFL. Three times he led the league in receptions and was the main go to target for Brett Favre when the latter joined the Packers. His apex season was in 1992 when he won the Wide Receiver’s version of the “Triple Crown” where he was the top performer in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. In joining that elite group, many felt that he was truly the top Wide Receiver in the NFL.
He was still at the top of his game when he was forced to retire at the age of 29. Had he remained healthy, where would he be on all time receiving lists and would he have made the Packers the dynasty? We’ll never know.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Green Bay Packers
1st Round, 7th Overall in 1988
Major Accolades and Awards:
Pro Bowl Selections (5) (1989, 1990, 1992, 1993 & 1994)
First Team All Pro Selections (3) (1989, 1992 & 1993)
Most Receptions (3) (1989, 1992 & 1993)
Most Receiving Yards (1) (1992)
Most Receiving Touchdowns (2) (1992 & 1994)
Most Receiving Yards/Game (1) (1992)
Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (4) (1989, 1992, 1993 & 1994)
Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards (4) (1989, 1990, 1992 & 1993)
Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Touchdowns (4) (1989, 1992, 1993 & 1994)
Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards/Game (4) (1989, 1990, 1992 & 1993)
Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (4) (1989, 1990, 1992 & 1993)
Top Ten Finishes: Points Scored (1) (1994)
Top Ten Finishes: Yards From Scrimmage (2) (1989 & 1992)
Top Ten Finishes: All Purpose Yards (1) (1992)
Notable All Time Rankings:
12. Receiving Yards/Game: 72.6
40. Receiving Touchdowns: 65
52. Receptions: 595
72. Receiving Yards: 8,134
94. Touchdowns: 66
Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: