New Orleans Saints: Is Safety Darren Sharper a Future Hall of Famer?

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New Orleans Saints: Is Safety Darren Sharper a Future Hall of Famer?
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Sharper is #6 all time in interceptions

There seems to be more talk of who will someday land in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this offseason. Maybe it is the lack of football to talk outside of the NFL lockout. Anyway, there is a current New Orleans Saint (for now at least) up for discussion on ESPN’s NFC South blog this week.

Darren Sharper‘s future in the Hall is up for debate.

Sharper’s numbers on the Packers, Vikings and Saints over the years are comparable to some already in the HOF. If he can continue to stay on the field he will strengthen his argument. Some things to consider in his favor:

  • 63 career INTs (ties with Ronnie Lott) has him at No. 6 on the all-time list.
  • 11 INTs returned for TD.
  • Super Bowl ring.

Working against him is the fact that defensive backs are not the prime picking. After the kickoff of the 2011 season, there will only be 22 in the Hall of Fame. Time missed due to injury in 2010 also does not appear pretty. Imagine the possible numbers had he been able to post another solid season in 2010.

    Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year Tm Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF FR Yds TD Tkl Ast
1997 GNB   14 0   2 70 2 50   1 1 34 1 12 1
1998 GNB FS 16 16                     53 20
1999 GNB FS 16 16 1.0 3 12 0 9   0 1 9 0 84 29
2000*+ GNB FS 16 16 1.0 9 109 0 47           72 20
2001 GNB FS 16 16 2.0 6 78 0 23 18 1 1 17 0 71 24
2002* GNB FS 13 13   7 233 1 89 9         51 17
2003 GNB FS 15 15 2.0 5 78 0 50 13 2 0 0 0 71 13
2004 GNB FS 15 13   4 97 2 43 7 2 1 15 1 59 13
2005* MIN FS 14 14   9 276 2 92 16 0 1 14 0 41 10
2006 MIN SS 16 16 1.0 4 10 0 10 9 1 0 0 0 52 16
2007* MIN SS 16 16   4 61 1 41 8 1 0 0 0 49 14
2008 MIN SS 16 16   1 12 0 12 5 0 2 20 0 57 9
2009*+ NOR FS 14 14 0.5 9 376 3 99 15         51 20
2010 NOR   8 1   0 0 0 0 1 0 1 11 0 11 5
Career     205 182 7.5 63 1412 11 99 101 8 8 120 2 734 211
8 yrs GNB   121 105 6.0 36 677 5 89 47 6 4 75 2 473 137
4 yrs MIN   62 62 1.0 18 359 3 92 38 2 3 34 0 199 49
2 yrs NOR   22 15 0.5 9 376 3 99 16 0 1 11 0 62 25

Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/4/2011.

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