Sharpe is fine with lack of HOF game

July, 22, 2011
If anyone thinks the cancellation of the game that usually caps the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend will spoil the experience for the inductees, think again.

I spoke to former Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe today and asked him if the cancelation of the game would put a damper on the weekend. He responded as I expected he would. The star tight end will be inducted Aug. 6.

“Not at all,” Sharpe said. “It doesn’t put a damper on it for me at all. For me, the experience will still be the same. It’s all about the enshrinement and that ceremony for me.”

The NFL cancelled the game, which was to pit Chicago and St. Louis, because there is not enough time to get the teams ready because of the lockout. .The game was set for Aug. 7. Traditionally, the enshrined players are recognized at the game.

“It’s too bad for the fans,” Sharpe said. “That game is for them. It’s to cap the weekend for the fans who make the pilgrimage to Canton for the event. But if you ask any of the guys getting in, we’re still all very excited about the event and what is going to happen there.”

I will have a post on Sharpe in the days prior to the ceremony.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter



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