Professional Football Player (Retired)
Shannon Sharpe grew up in Georgia, and he is the younger brother of wide receiver Sterling Sharpe. Shannon played football, basketball and competed in track and field events including long jump and discus throw at Savannah State. He graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1996. He was a 3x SIAC selection and the 1987 SIAC Player of the Year. Drafted to the Broncos in 1990, Sharpe stayed there until ’99, and won 2 Super Bowls in the process (XXXII & XXXIII). He then moved to the Ravens for 2 years before returning to the Broncos until he retired in 2003. He was inducted in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. Sharpe is a tv sports commentator and debates Skip Bayless on the Fox Sports Channel Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, and he also hosts Opening Drive on Sirius NFL Radio. He has millions of followers on social media. Sharpe is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 245 lbs.
Shannon Sharpe’s Diet
Sharpe always took his diet seriously when he was in the NFL and he continues to eat clean even though he is retired from football. He says he never wants people to see him as an overweight, out of shape has-been. He says while he understands why trends like juicing catch on, he doesn’t usually go in for fads and sticks to a diet he knows is good for him, which includes lean meat, vegetables, and complex carbs like beans and brown rice. He makes sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Medium Carb 30% 30%
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
- Medium Protein 40% 40%
Stick With A Routine
Sharpe is up early each day to film Undisputed. He’ll usually eat in his dressing room at work, and a typical breakfast is egg whites, oatmeal, fruit and water.
Sharpe will often have something like fish or chicken with greens and black-eyed peas for lunch. Dinner will be similar, maybe barbecued chicken with a salad and rice.
Stay Ahead of the Game
Sharpe says he pays particular attention to his diet due to health issues that run in his family, including heart disease and diabetes.
What to Eat
What to Avoid
Sharpe On His Diet
‘I still eat fairly healthy, although I don’t eat as healthy as I did when I played.’
Sharpe On Health
‘I’m all about quality of life, not quantity of life, and I realize I played a sport that took a huge toll on my body.’
Sharpe On His NFL Diet Vs. Today
‘I eat a little bit for enjoyment now as opposed to eating for survival when I played.’
Sharpe On Fad Diets
‘I’m not a fad guy. I stick to stuff that is tried and true.’
Sharpe’s Diet Advice To Retiring Ball Players
‘If you’re a…lineman, start taking the weight off immediately. It’s a lot easier to get the weight off when you’re in your 30s as opposed to your 40s or 50s.’
Shannon Sharpe’s Fitness Routine
Weekly Workout Routine
To maintain his ripped physique, Sharpe follows a strict exercise regimen. But he says he loves it, and it’s pretty much his only hobby.
Weight Lifting Addict
Sharpe says he got hooked on lifting in college, and that football was only a side interest.
Sharpe does cardio at least 7 times a week, sometimes more, usually in the form of a spin class.
Don’t Play Favorites
Due to his injuries, Sharpe says he doesn’t do split routines, such as concentrating on shoulders or chest. Instead, he works the whole body.
Love Your Body
Sharpe gets regular massage to keep his muscles loose and relaxed.
Sharpe has to work early in the morning, so he hits the gym in the afternoon.
Sharpe does a lot of CrossFit these days. The class lasts about an hour, and they’re killer.
Aim For AMRAP
The goal of Sharpe’s CrossFit classes is AMRAP, or to fit in As Many Reps As Possible by going as fast as possible.
A Shannon Sharpe Routine
Sequences will vary, but could include:
Weight training, concentrating on shoulders. About 30 min. total.
20 reps x 2 sets of each:
Side lateral raises
Front lateral raises
CrossFit: upper body routine because Saturday is a killer on the legs.
Cardio: 60 min. spinning + 30- 60 min. VersaClimber or other cardio, followed by another massage.
Sharpe On His Grueling Workouts
‘I don’t do a Hansel and Gretel workout…I save nothing for the trip home.’
Sharpe On Burpees
‘To get down on the ground and get yourself up again for an extended period of time at 245 lbs…that takes a lot. When you see those CrossFit guys, non of them weigh 245, I can assure you of that. I hate doing them, but it’s also a necessary evil to what I want to accomplish.’
Sharpe On Repetition
‘They say that insanity is doing something over and over again but [expecting] different results. I do the same thing over and over again for the same result: to be healthy and happy at the end of the day.’
Sharpe On Staying In Shape
‘Basically, my day is built around just working out. That’s what I enjoy doing.’
Sharpe On Hard Work
‘A lot of people mistake habit for hard work. Doing something over and over again is not working hard.’
Sharpe On Fitness
‘If you can walk, you can exercise…I sometimes think we make exercising more complicated than it needs to be.’
Shannon Sharpe’s Supplements
omega-3s help manage inflammation, and are also important for heart and brain health. Because chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes run in Sharpe’s family, he makes a point of eating a healthy diet, but if you’re struggling to regulate blood sugar, a cinnamon supplement can help
Shannon Sharpe’s Lifestyle
Sharpe says he always looked up to his brother and followed his lead. Like his bro, Sterling played basketball and track in high school. Sterling was a wide receiver for Green Bay, also worked as an tv sports analyst.
School of Hard Knocks
Sharpe grew up very poor, raised by his grandmother on a farm. His family didn’t have money for school, so he knew he’d have to win an athletic scholarship. When he left for college, all of his belongings fit in a couple of paper grocery bags.
Ghosts that Haunt
Sharpe says even with all the Pro Bowls and Super Bowls, he never forgot that he was a 7th-round pick.
Points for the NFL
Sharpe says one of the biggest changes he’s seen in the NFL over his time playing is the emphasis on nutrition as a way to extend the health and fitness of the players.
Sharpe On Growing Up Poor
‘We were so poor, a robber once broke into our house and we ended up robbing the robber!’
Sharpe On Beating The Odds
‘When people told me I’d never make it, I listened to the one person who said I could: me.’
Sharpe On His School Days
‘I was a terrible student. I didn’t graduate magna cum laude. I graduated “Thank you, Lawdy!”’
Sharpe On Attending College
‘No one in my family graduated from college until my brother did, and then I did.’
Sharpe On Hard Work
‘There is a reason they call it chasing your dreams and not walking after them.’