For being inducted into the Denver Broncos’ Ring of Fame, former tight end Shannon Sharpe choked up while he was giving a speech in front of fans, former teammates and his family, but it was still the easy part of the ceremony. The really difficult part was skydiving.
About 12,000 feet up, his hands began to sweat. The door of the plane flew open, and his heart began racing, even after he took three practice jumps in tandem with a professional parachuter leading up to the final spring Sunday. I guess it was common for whoever who did the skydiving for the first time. Everything went on without a hitch and Sharpe landed near the 10-yard line by the south end zone at Invesco Field before unhooking his harness and waving to the cheering crowd shortly before kickoff.
It was a very special ceremony, through which the Broncos honored Sharpe to be the team’s Ring of Fame member. He deserved that honor, indeed, with 815 receptions, 10,060 yards and 62 touchdowns during his 12 years with the Broncos. Team owner Pat Bowlen and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway were on the festivities to honor Sharpe.