Naturally, Sharper was excited about going against the team he played for from 2005-08 before the Vikings allowed him to walk in free agency last March.
And he relished the thought that he and old teammate Brett Favre, whom he played with from 1997-2004 in Green Bay, would be facing each other once again with so much at stake — especially after he urged his friend to give it one more shot.
"It's funny how it can transpire that we have a chance to meet each other to go to the Super Bowl," Sharper said this week. "I had a chance to talk to him when he was thinking about going to Minnesota, and I told him, ‘Listen, if you go there, you guys have a Super Bowl-caliber team. You have all the pieces in place.'"
Little did Sharper know that he and Favre would wind up in the same building, which they will when the Saints and Vikings meet in the Superdome on Sunday.
More irony comes from the fact that Sharper played in Super Bowl XXXII as a rookie, only to have the Denver Broncos spoil the part — just one year after Favre and the Packers beat the New England Patriots.
It only took Sharper 12 more years to reach the NFC Championship Game, which he laughed about earlier in the week.
"Being a naive rookie and playing in the Super Bowl my rookie year and having Brett Favre, them (winning) the year before, you're thinking, ‘Oh man, this is gonna be easy,'" he recalled. "So I was thinking I would have plenty of chances to get back there. But until now, I'm like Dan Marino.
"Hopefully, I can get back there."