For Sharpe, the waiting was the hardest part

Eighteen years after the fact, Shannon Sharpe still embraces his draft sleeper status and remains proud that he overcame long odds to become an elite tight end, writes Bill Williamson.

Originally Published: April 18, 2008
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com

Should it be a surprise Shannon Sharpe awoke on draft day in 1990 thinking he would be a first-round pick?

When the first round -- which featured forgettable names such as Blair Thomas (No. 2), Andre Ware (No. 7) and Chris Singleton (No. 8) -- had elapsed, Sharpe, wearing bravado like $100 cologne even back then, was convinced he wouldn't slip past the third round. Then, the next five rounds came and went and the draft, which was 12 rounds in those days, took a break for the night ...

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