“The Sharper Shake”. No, it’s not a new protein smoothie. It’s the name of a celebration performed by New Orleans Saints Safety Darren Sharper after he would intercept an opposing team’s quarterback. As a Saints fan, we loved seeing Sharper “shake it up”.
Sharper can easily be called a veteran. His 14 year career in the NFL has seen him nab five Pro Bowl nods and a Super Bowl Championship. When he is on the field, opposing offensive coordinators tend to get nervous and with good reason.
In his career, Sharper has 948 tackles, 7 sacks, and 63 interceptions with 11 returned for a touchdown.
He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft with the 60th pick out of Williams & Mary. Sharper played for the Packers until his release in 2005 when he was signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Vikings.
In Sharper’s first year at Minnesota, he made an instant impression. In 2005, he would tie his career best with 9 interceptions, but break another career best with 276 interception return yards.
In his four years with the Vikings, he would have a total of 18 interceptions and 350 interception return yards.
Even though footballs couldn’t evade Sharper, there was one thing that did. He almost achieved it while with the Green BayPackers. That was a Super Bowl Championship.
But as his contract with the Vikings came to an end, he would find it with a team that some thought might never reach it. The New Orleans Saints.