Sterling Sharpe is a former professional wide receiver and analyst. He attended the University of South Carolina, where he set school records with 169 career receptions and 2,497 receiving yards and a since-broken record of 17 career touchdowns.
He also set the school record for single-season receiving touchdowns with 11, which was broken in 2005 by Sidney Rice. Sharpe's No. 2 jersey was retired by South Carolina at the end of the 1987 regular season, making him the second Gamecock to be granted this honor while still playing. Sharpe was the first round, seventh overall, draft pick by the Packers in 1988 and had an immediate impact on the team. In his sophomore season he led the league with 90 receptions, the first Packer to do so since Don Hutson in 1945, and broke Hutson's records for receptions and receiving yards in a season. A few years later, in 1992, Sharpe and the new quarterback, Brett Favre, teamed up to become one of the top passing tandems in the league. In the final game of that season, Sterling and Favre hooked up for Sharpe's 107th reception of the season which broke the NFL's single-season receptions record, set by Art Monk in 1984.
Sharpe played from 1988 to 1994 with the Green Bay Packers in a career shortened by an unusual neck injury. After his retirement from the NFL, Sharpe became an analyst for the NFL Network.