NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe Bench Presses 365 Pounds for Reps at 54 Years Old

The former Denver Broncos star has his sights set on 450 pounds by the end of 2022.

Few NFL players were as dominant as Shannon Sharpe during the ‘90s and early 2000s. As a tight end for the Denver Broncos, Sharpe made seven Pro Bowls and helped lead the team to Super Bowl titles in 1998 and 1999.

He secured another Super Bowl win and Pro Bowl selection as a member of the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 and 2001. That body of work earned Sharpe a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

And while he’s been retired from the league for nearly 20 years, the 54-year-old still looks like he’s ready to take the field. Sharpe took to Instagram on Aug. 5, 2022, to show off some impressive sets on the bench press, where he powered through 365 pounds for six reps.


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In the video, Sharpe benches for four sets in total. He chose to don a Sling Shot — a lifting accessory that helps strength athletes generate more force throughout their ranges of motion — for the latter two sets. 

Sharpe notes that he’s added two reps to his 365-pound bench in three weeks, and only really struggles during the final rep shown in the video.

In a post from Jul. 10, 2022, Sharpe revealed that he had just started “benching seriously” again for the first time in more than a year due to injuries. Sharpe noted that his goal right now is to bench 450 pounds by the end of 2022 — that would put him right around the 470 pounds he hit during his playing days.


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This isn’t the first time Sharpe has taken to social media for a fitness update. On Jun. 26, 2022, he celebrated his 54th birthday by showing off his shockingly chiseled physique that would look right at home in any current NFL locker room.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a plate-rattling feat of strength from a current NFL star, you can watch Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb nail a 610-pound raw squat double with a Tsunami Bar.

Image: @shannonsharpe84 on Instagram