Parachuting into the stadium proved to be the easy part for Shannon Sharpe.
Delivering a speech in front of fans, former teammates and his family — now that was nerve-racking.
The former tight end was inducted into the Denver Broncos’ Ring of Fame at halftime of Sunday’s game against Cleveland, choking up as he tried to talk.
“I really didn’t plan on getting emotional,” Sharpe said. “I can’t say what this means to me.”
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And he was worried about the skydiving part.
Sharpe took three practice jumps in tandem with a professional parachuter leading up to the final spring Sunday.
He said it went off without a hitch.
Well, except for the nerves.
About 12,000 feet up, his hands began to sweat. The door of the plane flew open, and his heart began racing.
The instructor screamed “Go” and, gulp, off they tumbled out of the plane.
“You open your eyes and you’re like, ‘I’m OK,’” Sharpe said. “It’s a great feeling.”
Ochocinco makes Lambeau Leap
Chad Ochocinco made good on his promise. Sort of.
The flamboyant receiver got a chance to do a Lambeau Leap after catching a 13-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of Cincinnati’s 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, even if he did jump into a group of Bengals fans.
“It was pretty cool,” he said. “I just wanted to really get the W. The W is the most important because if I leaped and we lost, it’s all nullified, it all makes no sense. To be able to do what I do best, which is I’m always running my mouth and making the game fun.”
Favre sets record with 271st start in row
Brett Favre has another NFL record.
Favre started Sunday for the 271st straight time in the regular season and threw two touchdown passes to help the Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 27-13.
“Today was really not a whole lot different than last week or last year,” said Favre, who turns 40 next month. “Every game I play at this point, I’m pretty grateful. I know how difficult it is.”
After losing Donovan McNabb in Week 1, the Eagles lost running back Brian Westbrook when he sprained his right ankle against the Saints. He hopes he’ll be able to play next week. ... The injuries mounted fast for the Bills, who had two players – right tackle Brad Butler and tight end Derek Schouman – carted off the field with knee injuries against Tampa Bay. Buffalo also lost starting cornerback Leodis McKelvin, who did not return after hurting his ankle ... Jerious Norwood, the Falcons’ No. 2 running back, left the game against the Carolina Panthers with a head injury. Defensive tackle Peria Jerry, the Falcons’ No. 1 draft pick, also went down with an injury in the fourth quarter. ... Packers left tackle Chad Clifton was taken off on a cart for X-rays after injuring his right ankle on a running play in the third quarter against the Bengals. ... Tennessee punter Craig Hentrich hurt his left leg after a 48-yard punt at the end of the third quarter, and the 16-year veteran had to be helped off the field. ... Redskins right guard Randy Thomas and Rams right tackle Jason Smith were both hurt, with both players requiring follow-up exams.