In honor of Shannon Sharpe’s birthday …
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) June 26, 2019
During a 34-8 win over the New England Patriots in 1996, Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe picked up a phone on the sideline and told fans he was calling the president.
“Mr. President, we need the National Guard, we need as many men as you can spare because we are killing the Patriots,” Sharpe said. “So call the dogs off. Send the National Guard, please! They need emergency help, please! Help these folks!”
Sharpe then informed Patriots fans that “help is on the way!”
Sharpe won three Super Bowls during his 14-year career, two of them with Denver. He caught 815 passes for 10,060 yards and 62 touchdowns before hanging up his cleats following the 2003 season. Sharpe was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
The Broncos will face the Patriots on the road in Week 5. New England might be without star quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who have tested positive for COVID-19.