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Sharpe becomes the second South Carolina player named to the College Football Hall of Fame

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: May 22nd, 2014 at 2:05 pm EST

Sterling Sharpe has been selected as one of 14 players to be named to the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame class.

Sharpe, who is regarded as the greatest receiver in South Carolina history, becomes the second Gamecock to be selected to the College Football Hall of Fame. In addition, he was responsible for setting virtually of the school’s receiving records.

College Football Hall of Fame

College Football Hall of Fame

He is already a member of the South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame. He also had his number retired by the school at the end of his playing career.

He was named a First-Team All-America selection during the 1987 season. He set records with 74 receptions in a season, 169 career receptions, 1,106 receiving yards in a season, and 2,497 receiving yards in a career. He had at least one reception in 34 straight games, which is a school record.

He has the longest play in school history, with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Duke University in 1985.

After his college playing days, he was the seventh overall pick by the Green Bay Packers. With the Pack, he played seven seasons, and was named to five Pro Bowls and five All-Pro selections. He also led the league in receiving three times before his retiring.

The 2014 Hall of Fame class includes Dre Bly, DB, North Carolina; Tony Boselli, OT, Southern California; Dave Butz, DT, Purdue; Shane Conlan, LB, Penn State; Joe Hamilton, QB, Georgia Tech; John Huard, LB, Maine; Darrin Nelson, HB, Stanford; Willie Roaf, OL, Louisiana Tech; John Sciarra, QB, UCLA; Sterling Sharpe, WR, South Carolina; Leonard Smith, CB, McNeese State; Derrick Thomas (deceased), LB, Alabama; LaDainian Tomlinson, TB, TCU; and Wesley Walls, TE, Mississippi. In additon, two coaches will go with the 14 players in this year’s class, and they include Mike Bellotti and Jerry Moore.

“We are extremely proud to announce the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class,” said Archie Manning, NFF Chairman and a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Ole Miss. “Each of these men has established himself among the absolute best to have ever played the game, and we look forward to immortalizing their incredible accomplishments at the new Hall of Fame in Atlanta as an inspiration to future generations.”

He currently serves as a studio analyst for the NFL Network.

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