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What Is Shannon Sharpe’s Net Worth and Why He’s Not Leaving Fox Sports

During his NFL career, Shannon Sharpe was one of the greatest tight ends to play the game. He won multiple Super Bowls and helped redefine the tight end position. Currently, Sharpe can be found on TV giving his opinions on sports, and he’s very successful in that role.

So what exactly is Sharpe’s net worth, and why won’t he leave Fox Sports anytime soon? 

Shannon Sharpe’s career

In 2011, Sharpe was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Denver Broncos drafted him with the 192nd pick in the seventh round of the 1990 NFL Draft.

He spent the first 10 years of his career in Denver, spent two years in Baltimore, then finished with two more years with the Broncos before retiring. Sharpe won three Super Bowls — two in Denver and one in Baltimore. Here’s an overview of his career accomplishments

  • 204 games played
  • 815 receptions
  • 10,060 receiving yards
  • 12.3 yards per reception
  • 62 touchdowns
  • Eight-time Pro Bowl selection
  • Four-time All-Pro selection

Pro Football Reference prepares “similarity scores” for every NFL player to provide context for their careers. These scores compare them to other players with similar accomplishments. Below are a few of the tight ends Sharpe compares favorably to: 

  • Antonio Gates
  • Jackie Smith
  • Rob Gronkowski
  • Jason Witten
  • Ozzie Newsome
  • Tony Gonzalez
  • John Mackey
  • Mike Ditka

Every single one of those tight ends is either a Hall of Famer (like Sharpe) or going to the Hall of Fame one day. It gives a good idea of just how talented Sharpe was during his playing days. He’s without a doubt one of the top five people to ever play the position. 

Sharpe’s post-NFL career

Following his NFL career, Sharpe joined the CBS NFL crew for their pregame show. There, he provided analysis on NFL games alongside James Brown and Bill Cowher. 

More recently Sharpe joined Skip Bayless for Skip and Shannon: Undisputed on Fox Sports 1. In this role, the 51-year-old debates with Bayless about hot sports topics of the day. He doesn’t limit his coverage to football, extending his opinions to all major sports.

Sharpe’s net worth and why he’s not leaving Fox Sports

According to Celeb Net Worth, Sharpe’s net worth is about $11.52 million. He makes approximately $1.92 million per year. The TV personality’s net worth comes from his playing career, endorsements, time as an analyst, and time as a talking head on FS1.

Sharpe’s role at FS1 — and the Fox network in general — won’t likely go away any time soon. This is because he re-upped with a deal that looks to extend his reach beyond sports, according to Fox Business. The TV personality’s multi-year extension came after his three-year contract expired in July 2019.

The former NFL’s star role with FS1 has expanded in recent months. Sharpe co-hosted Fox’s red carpet broadcast at the 2019 Emmy Awards alongside Jenny McCarthy and Kelly Osbourne.

Sharpe’s clearly a hit with viewers. Otherwise, Fox wouldn’t give him such a prominent role. While the TV personality’s presence as a pundit alongside Bayless was never a surprising turn, adding him to the network’s Emmy coverage was. It’s a new role for Sharpe, but based on how well he’s done in other on-camera roles, it’ll likely go well.