Questions and answers with Sterling Sharpe

Former Packers wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, who was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Saturday, answered questions from the media prior to the ceremony that honored him and longtime team photographer Vernon Biever. Here is how Sharpe responded to some of the questions from the media:<p>

What does it feel like to go into the Packer Hall of Fame?

Sharpe: "I'm extremely appreciative of the fact that all I had to do to achieve this honor was to play. I didn't have to kiss babies. I didn't have to campaign. All I had to do to achieve this honor was play.

"It's one of those things that you don't ask for, you don't wish for, you don't pray for, but it's really nice that people — however I got inducted into this — it's nice for people to appreciate the way you played, and this is one of the ways that they say they appreciated the way I played."

You were a part of the Packers' rebirth in the early 1990s, but because of your career-ending neck injury, you were not on the team when it ultimately broke through and won the Super Bowl in 1996, was that hard for you?

"No, not at all. Even having to work the game (for ESPN) was so fun because I knew so many of the personalities on the offense and defense still. But, no, I fulfilled my goal and my dream and I left nothing athletically in Green Bay.

"I've never looked back. Not once did I say, 'I wish I could . . .,' and I wouldn't. I did all I could do while I was here. I was not brought here to rebuild, I was brought here to be the best player that the Green Bay Packers thought I was and I tried to do that with the best of my ability.

"When they went to the Super Bowl, I'm not sure anyone in that locker room was happier than me because I knew so many of the guys and, with my brother (Shannon Sharpe) also playing in the National Football League, I knew what many of them had gone through to get there."

When you do look back on your memories in Green Bay, what comes to mind when you think about playing with Brett Favre?

"Playing with Brett and watching him grow from a guy not-knowing to a guy who understands what his role and his niche is, that in itself was ice cream and cake for me. The fact that he understood his talents and he grew to understand how to use his talents, that was enough for me.

"Then from what I have heard about some of the things that he went through off the field, that he was able to not only put that aside on Sundays, but was able to rise above it, now you're talking about something that's totally out of my league when you're talking about the character of this guy. I think he has proven that they were right about him and more importantly he has proven that he was right about him."

Why didn't you speak to the media during your career? Do you have any regrets about that, especially now that you are a member of the media (with ESPN)?

Sharpe: "I have no regrets about that. It's one of those things where I honestly didn't see a reason to (do interviews). It's hard for me to critique a game that I played in playing from 12 yards out wide and be able to tell you what happened and why we won or lost. I know we had a game plan going in, but it (doing interviews) was one of those things that I never really thought about. "It wasn't that I didn't like you guys in the media. It was one of those things that I didn't like or want to do."

Was it fair to shut out the fans that way?

Sharpe: "I don't think by talking to the media they could've got a chance to know me better. When I came here, I wanted to be the best player that (then-personnel director) Tom Braatz and (coach) Lindy (Infante) spent their first-round draft pick on. (Fans) got a chance to see what I did on Sunday.

"They didn't know what kind of person I was. I'm not regrettable about that. I'm kind of happy about that because they got a chance to see a player and they didn't get a chance to associate some of the things I may have done on or off the field, good or bad, whatever side of the fence you were on. "I wanted to come here and play the best possible football I could. I think I did that. I can't answer if I cheated the fans. I was asked how I wanted to be remembered by fans. I honestly couldn't answer it."

What was it like to have a display in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Canton, Ohio, after catching a then NFL-record 108 passes in 1992?

Sharpe: "I've never thought about that because I've never been back since we played that game there (July 31, 1993). Now that you brought it up, I guess I'll kick it around a little bit. "You're in a building with some people who did some really special things. If you need to hang your hat on something, that's a pretty good thing to hang your hat on."

What about the 2002 Packers?

Sharpe: "Mike Sherman obviously knows what he's doing. I think the guys that he kept understand the position they're in and what they're going to be asked to do. I think they're going in the right direction."

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