I already loved Shannon Sharpe. He was a totally hilarious player who could back up everything he said. I mean, every bit of smack talk was backed up on the field by Sharpe. From asking the President to calling in the national guard for the Patriots to the Mile High Salute, Shannon Sharpe was one of a kind.
And that’s what made his speech so great. He really is a humble guy, and he knows that there are plenty of other great players. What he did on the field was a persona. If you missed that, you missed out on the man, he said.
When Sharpe was giving his speech, he did what most everybody else (except Michael Jordan) does. He thanked everybody who ever helped him get anywhere. It’s only right to acknowledge that there is no way in the world you can get anywhere all by yourself.
But, what he said about his brother is what put this speech over the top for me. (For those of you guys who think emotions are bad and should never be displayed–stop reading. For everyone else who gets it–read on.)
Sharpe said, in reference to his brother Sterling (and I’m paraphrasing):
“I am the only person in the hall of fame who is the second best player in his own family.”
Not only do I agree (and it still makes me sad that Sterling got hurt and had to retire early because he was on a straight line to the hall of fame ), but I am so happy to see someone not just “say” that for the masses. Shannon Sharpe, in my opinion, really means that. He knows that we all think Sterling was something really special and he’s not so oblivious that he missed that.
Honestly, I cried and had to stop the video. I finished watching it after getting it together.
Good job, Shannon.