WR Sterling Sharpe was picked in the first round by the Green Bay Packers in 1988. In his rookie year, he started 16 games and caught 55 passes. He was an All-Pro five times, had 595 receptions, 8,134 receiving yards, 65 TDs, led the NFL in receptions in '89, '92 and '93 and led the NFL in TDs in '92 and '94.
Sharpe’s career was cut short though in '4 due to a neck injury caused in the last two games of the season. Sharpe first hurt the neck while blocking, then re-injured it in the very next game when a tackle resulted in numbness and tingling in his limbs. The top two vertebrae on his neck were damaged and Sharpe was forced to retire. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)