"I beat most of them (the players) here, so that's not a good sign, Mike," Sharpe kidded coach Mike Shanahan.
"That's who I am. I'm going to continue to workout because I enjoy it. That was really the most difficult part because guys leave the game because they don't want to put the work in necessary that's going to give them the best opportunity to perform on Sunday. But, I was willing to pay that price, so that's what made it (retiring) more difficult than it really should have been."
Sharpe's voice cracked just once as he recalled his career and discussed his new one.
"I can honestly say I won't miss Sundays," Sharpe said. "Monday through Saturday is what I'll miss - going to the locker room, cracking jokes, being on planes. That's what I'll miss. That will be the hard part."
The hard part for the Broncos will be replacing him. Sharpe topped not only the Broncos' record book but the league's. He is the NFL career leader among tight ends in receptions, yardage and touchdowns.
"I know there won't be another Shannon Sharpe in this organization, just like there won't be another John Elway," owner Pat Bowlen said. "They are unique."
NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES
--Shannon Sharpe was asked if he thinks he will go down as the greatest tight end ever to play the game. During a 10-minute answer he said one would be "hard-pressed to find someone that did better than I was able to do."
Sharpe also was asked who was the greatest player he played with, John Elway or Ray Lewis.
"I'm going to have to take my homeboy No. 7. No. 7 got me to this point right here, so I'm going to take my homeboy," Sharpe said, noting that Lewis may be the most imposing player of all time.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"When I'm going to start to realize that it's over and it's never going to happen again will be in July and August. Because for 26 years, ever since I was 9-years-old, every July and August I got a helmet, shoulder pads and cleats, and I got ready for football. This July and August, there won't be shoulder pads, helmets and cleats. They'll be hard-bottomed shoes, shirt and tie. And I'm going to miss it. I know I am going to miss it." -- Sharpe on retiring from the NFL to be a CBS analyst after a 14-year career.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS; None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: FB Reuben Droughns; OG Ben Hamilton; TE Patrick Hape; DE Reggie Hayward; CB Kelly Herndon; TE/LS Mike Leach; LB Johnny Rutledge; CB Jimmy Spencer; LB Donnie Spragan; LB Jashon Sykes; CB Scott Turner; LB Al Wilson; S Chris Young.
PLAYERS ACQUIRED: CB Champ Bailey; TE Byron Chamberlain; DE Marco Coleman; DT Luther Elliss; OT Cornell Green; RB Garrison Hearst; WR Willie Jackson; DE Raylee Johnson; S John Lynch; QB Mike Quinn; TE O.J. Santiago; CB Reggie Stephens; TE Jed Weaver.
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