The Green Bay Packers signed rookie first-round pick Sterling Sharpe to a multi-year contract. Terms of the deal were undisclosed, but Sharpe and agent Tank Black had asked for $2.6 million over four years. He was the seventh overall pick in the 1988 NFL Draft.
Sterling had a legendary career at USC. Playing from 1983 to 1987, Sharpe amassed 2,497 receiving yards (2nd-most), 169 receptions (2nd-most), and scored 24 total TDs. He also had a streak of 34 consecutive games with a reception, which is also the second-longest streak in USC history. Sharpe was a highlight machine, but the best one may have been an incredible 80-yard TD reception from Todd Ellis vs. second-ranked Nebraska in Lincoln.
Sterling’s impact in Columbia was evident when his No. 2 jersey was retired following the 1987 season. He was only the second Gamecock to have his jersey retired while still an active player. Only three other football jersey numbers have been retired.