Pictured: Anthony Sharpe Sr. holds Delaware State University football helmets during a recent trip to his alma mater in Dover, Del.
By Ted Shockley
A 1978 graduate of the former Central High School in Painter has been named to the Hall of Fame of Delaware State University for his record-setting work on the football field at the Dover, Delaware, school.
Anthony Sharpe Sr. still holds the record at Del. State for career tackles and still ranks fifth in team history for sacks during a career that spanned from 1979-1982.
He credited his success to his parents, Clarence and Tomashie Sharpe of Painter, who he said taught him “to treat people the way you want to be treated in love and truth.”
Today Sharpe lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife of 35 years. They have three children and one grandchild.
Sharpe earned a degree in business at Del. State and works with AT&T in Austin. He is a Deacon in his church and enjoys getting back to the Eastern Shore to attend his home church, Ebenezer Baptist in Exmore.
He twice was named an all-conference performer for Del. State.
At 6 feet, 4 inches tall, Sharpe was recruited as a tight end but found a home during his sophomore season on the defensive line.