Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's a beautiful day for the predominantly orange and blue, as Shannon Sharpe is now a Hall of Famer. Has a fantastic ring to it, no? Big Play Shay was one of seven men elected to the HOF last night and will be enshrined in Canton on Saturday, August 6. Tickets are available here and range from $35 to $70.
Shannon was on NFL Network following the announcement, and this is an absolute must watch (go to 1h15m). It's quite an emotional segment, as Shannon spoke about his 88-year-old grandmother who raised him and took a phone call from his big brother Sterling. There's even a bonus appearance by Daily Lard "favorite" Jeff Legwold, who is bizarrely listed as still being with the RMN. Of course, it was Legwold who was tasked with presenting the case for Sharpe's election yesterday, and obviously he did Shannon right. While it took three attempts, we do have to tip our hats (or at least I do) to Legwold for doing his part to help get deserving Broncos into the HOF in consecutive years (Floyd Little last year).
Shannon Sharpe, Hall of Famer
Here's the actual announcement as aired on NFLN.
The list of enshrinees and brief bios from the HOF site.
Shannon's page on the HOF site including his bio, stats and career highlights.
The Broncos' released an official statement regarding Sharpe's election, including congratulatory words from Pat Bowlen and John Elway.
Gray Caldwell on Shannon's election, with quotes from Rod Smith and others.
Klis on Shannon's election, his impoverished upbringing and more from Elway.
Krieger on Shay Shay's greatness on the field and gift of gab.
Legwold on Shannon's hopes for more Broncos in Canton.
Jim Trotter on the difficulty in narrowing down the HOF ballot.
Klis shares a bunch of quotes on the state of the Broncos from ex-players in Dallas.
Plus, the similarities between Tim Tebow and Ben Roethlisberger.
Klis spoke with Jim Mora about his decision not to take the Broncos' DC job.
Michael Vick won the Comeback POY award.
There were two hours of CBA negotiations yesterday.
Phil Simms apparently threatened Desmond Howard in Dallas.
Ken Belson on how players are gearing up financially for a lockout.
Dan Pompei's Sunday column.
Here's what Brian Burke has been reading.
Dave Anderson on how quickly Roethlisberger won multiple titles, and how that compares to other QBs.
Bill Rhoden on the underspoken greatness of Mike Tomlin.
Matt Bowen's final pregame thoughts.
Farrar's top 10 SB MVP snubs.
Here are some other sporting options to watch instead of the pregame shows.