Former Packer Sterling Sharpe Elected to College Football Hall of Fame

Jeff Gross

A former Packer has been chosen for a prestigious honor, though it acknowledges his accomplishments before arriving in Green Bay.

One of the greatest players in Green Bay Packers history may never be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. However, his name is now among the annals of football history as it was announced today that wide receiver Sterling Sharpe has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2014 class.

Here is his alma mater, the University of South Carolina, congratulating him on the honor:

Sharpe was a three-time All-Pro for the Packers and a five-time Pro Bowler, and he was one of the most feared receivers of his time. Sadly, his career was cut short due to a neck injury after a remarkable seven-year run. However, he still ranks second in Packers history in career receptions and receiving touchdowns and third in total receiving yardage.

In college, Sharpe was also a feared wideout, who set South Carolina career records for receptions (169), receiving yards (2,497), and receiving touchdowns (17). He also contributed on punt and kickoff returns and even added five rushing touchdowns in his career. The Gamecocks retired his jersey number (2) immediately following the final regular-season game of his senior season in 1987.

Sharpe's brother Shannon, may have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in 2011, but now the tables have turned as Shannon likely will not be inducted into the College Football Hall.

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