Jan 29, 2013, New Orleans, LA, USA; CBS Sports broadcast team poses at Super Bowl XLVII press conference at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Front row: Dan Marino (left), Sean McManus (center) and Phil Simms. Back row (from left) Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher and James Brown and Boomer Esiason and Jim Nantz. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Shannon Sharpe rips quarterbacks without Super Bowl rings in front of Dan Marino (Video)


For some, greatness in the NFL is achieved with a Super Bowl ring. For others, greatness is achieved due to statistics.

I guess we know where former tight end Shannon Sharpe stands.

During CBS’s coverage of the AFC Divisional round playoff matchup between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos, the topic turned to Peyton Manning. That lead to the analysts breaking down the play of elite quarterbacks which just so happened to turn into a discussion about greatness.

Sharpe, sandwiched between Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason (both of whom lack a ring) decided to suggest that quarterback’s without a championship aren’t in the discussion for greatness.

Marino (in the kindest of ways) attempted to disagree with Sharpe’s logic, which then gave the former tight end a moment to backtrack – which he did.

Esiason, for what it’s worth stayed relatively quiet during the entire discussion.

I know Sharpe wasn’t attempting to call out Marino directly and didn’t likely realize what he said until it was too late, but pretty good restraint on the part of Dan who didn’t lose his cool.

H/T Awful Announcing

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