Sharpe says 'So long'

It was a sad day for Denver Broncos fans as all-time great tight end decided to accept a position with CBS' 'NFL Today' show and will retire as an active player. Sharpe had recently decided to return to the Broncos for another season, but a position opened up on the broadcast team with Deion Sanders' departure.

Sharpe Ends NFL Career, Heads to Broadcast Booth - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, May 17, 2004 - One of the most splendid careers in NFL and Denver Broncos history ended Monday. Shannon Sharpe, the NFL's all-time leading receiver among tight ends, will not return for a 15th NFL season, choosing instead to accept a position with CBS Sports as an analyst on The NFL Today, a show on which he has worked as guest commentator during the past two seasons.

Broncos' Sharpe leaving for TV career - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, May 17, 2004 - Veteran Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe is calling it quits as a player and heading for the broadcast booth.The loquacious Shannon Sharpe, the Denver Bronco who caught more passes for more yards and for more touchdowns than any tight end in NFL history, is retiring. A source with knowledge of contract talks with CBS confirmed today that Sharpe will quit football and accept a broadcasting job with the network.

Sharpe agrees to become CBS commentator - Rocky Mountain News
May 17, 2004 - News 4 has learned that Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe has decided to accept a job as an NFL commentator with CBS Sports. Sharpe will join the CBS program "NFL Today" this fall. The move will end Sharpe's football career after 14 years in the NFL. An official announcement was expected on Tuesday.

NFL's Shannon Sharpe taking CBS TV job - Yahoo.com
May 17, 2004 - Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe is retiring, after all. The NFL's career leader in receptions and yards at his position will replace Deion Sanders on "The NFL Today" pregame show, CBS spokeswoman LeslieAnne Wade confirmed Monday. She said the official announcement will be made Tuesday.

With or Without You: Tight End Position in Flux - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, May 17, 2004 - When Byron Chamberlain finalized the contract that allowed him to return to the Broncos late last week, he wasted little time in calling Shannon Sharpe to share the news. As Chamberlain rang his friend, teammate of five seasons and career mentor a few days ago, he wasn't even aware of the offer that CBS reportedly made regarding an on-air position.

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