“I just got invited to speak to the Washington Redskins by Mike Shanahan. Shannon Sharpe and myself will be addressing the team Tuesday on how to make their NFL experience great. And on top of that Dinner with RGIII tomorrow night in DC. He’s paying too. All that Dinero is about to make. (blessed)”
Of course, Mike Shanahan coached the Broncos during Smith and Sharpe’s tenure with the team. Both players are well respected, and it’s always great to hear from “experienced outsiders” who should be able to share some wisdom in what’s a fairly young locker room.
Shanahan signed Rod Smith as a unrestricted free agent in 1994, playing his entire career with the Broncos. He ranks 15th in NFL history in career receptions and 16th all time in receiving yards. Smith will be inducted into the Broncos’ Ring of Fame for the upcoming 2012 NFL Season.
Shanahan found another “diamond in the rough” when he drafted Shannon Sharpe in the 7th round of 1990’s NFL Draft. Sharpe revolutionized the tight end position by being the first to surpass the 10,000 career yardage mark.
Niles Paul often draws comparisons to the great Shannon Sharpe, so it should be especially delightful for him now that he’s making a transition to the tight end position. Not to mention, Smith and Sharpe were considered smallish players at their respective positions. Considering the fact Washington has quite a few 6ft receivers, and Niles Paul being only 6ft 2, it would be cool to have Sharpe and Smith tell the receivers how they overcame their size deficit.
Rod Smith also mentioned that he and Shannon will dine with Washington’s phenomenon, Robert Griffin III. Hopefully Shannon and Smith gives RG3 some pointers on how to help his receivers become the next Rod Smith or Shannon Sharpe. That, would be fantastic. In fact, back in April, RG3 asked Shannon to come out of retirement -
“The offer still stands for Shannon Sharpe to come out of retirement and tear up the NFL with me.”
Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen – as Shannon enjoys his NFL Analyst gig and viewers often scratch their heads trying to figure out what Shape is saying… But anyway, Griffin III has some players on the current roster that are primed for a breakout season, and the opportunity to converse with two players that had major success in a similar system with Mike Shanahan should enlighten RG3 on how it all works.
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