Shannon Sharpe is easily one of the funniest TV personalities in sports. The co-host of Fox Sports 1‘s “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” alongside Skip Bayless gets paid to argue, smoke victory cigars and sip from bottles of Hennessy on set.
Today’s kids may not also know that Sharpe was a darn good football player. The former NFL tight end played 14 seasons with the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, accruing more than 10,000 receiving yards and 62 touchdowns on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Oh, and he’s a three-time Super Bowl champion and eight-time Pro Bowl selection.
The 52-year-old Savannah State University alumnus, whose brother is former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, quickly entered the sports media world after his playing days. Sharpe, a former seventh-round pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, has worked as an NFL analyst for CBS Sports‘s “The NFL Today,” Sirius NFL Radio and joined Bayless on “Undisputed” in 2016.
Since landing his current gig, Sharpe’s personal life has been of interest to many viewers. The former NFL player who grew up and went to high school in Glennville, Georgia, isn’t married. He does, however, have an ex-girlfriend and three children.
Who Is Shannon Sharpe’s Ex-Girlfriend Katy Kellner?
Shannon Sharpe dated a woman by the name of Katy Kellner, who is a fitness instructor. According to her LinkedIn, Kellner attneded Elmhurst College and Troy University before serving as a teacher in Fulton County, Georgia. She then worked at Flywheel Sports and CycleBar in Los Angeles and Thousand Oaks, California.
The fitness guru and former American football tight end became close and even reportedly got engaged in 2016. Sharpe defended himself on Twitter when users asked him why he was dating a white woman.
“Not that it’s yours or anyone else’s DAMN business who I date. I don’t date for approval and don’t need you or others to confirm who or what I am. Enjoy your day,” he wrote in 2017.
By 2018, their relationship was kaput. In a sudden twist, a pregnant Kellner was spotted with a former Major League Baseball player who played for 15 years.
She Had a Baby With Marlon Byrd
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Kellner reportedly co-founded a Thousand Oaks Gym with Marlon Byrd, the former MLB All-Star outfielder who hit 159 home runs across 15 seasons with 10 different baseball clubs.
Byrd last played in the majors in 2016 and was an All-Star in 2010 while playing for the Chicago Cubs. Sharpe, by the way, was born in Chicago, Illinois.
Kellner apparently moved on from her National Football League fiancé pretty quickly, because she gave birth to Byrd’s son in 2018.
Byrd shared a reposted photo from Kellner on Instagram of their adorable little tyke named Jaden in February 2019.
Who Is Shannon Sharpe Dating Now?
Judging from his social media, it doesn’t appear the former NFL star, who was once accused of sexual assault by Michele Bundy in Atlanta in 2010, is dating anyone.
Does Sharpe Have Kids?
The Hall of Famer and co-host of “Undisputed” does have three children, however.
Sharpe has two daughters — Kayla and Kaley — as well as a son named Kiari. Not much is known about his children’s mothers, but his kids are all adults well into their 20’s.
According to the Denver Post, Kiari studied biology and business management at Georgia Southern University. Kayla studied pre-law at the same school. Kaley, meanwhile, attended Florida State hoping to become a medical examiner.
Kiari celebrated his 27th birthday in 2019, which we know because Shannon told his followers on social media. He also hilariously asked if he should take a shot of Hennessy with his son for his 25th birthday.
Something tells me that’s a birthday tradition in the Sharpe family.
This post was updated on September 14, 2020, to reflect editorial corrections around who accused Shannon Sharpe of sexual assault. The post incorrectly stated that Nicole Murphy accused Sharpe of sexual assault. The accuser was Michele Bundy.