Savannah State graduate and NFL icon Shannon Sharpe is raking in dough and viewers with his podcast ‘Club Shay Shay.‘ The podcast, first launched in the fall of 2020, brings together athletes, musicians, comedians, and celebrities of all kinds for a one-on-one interview with Sharpe. The show garnered heightened visibility following an internet-breaking interview with comedian Katt Williams.

Sharpe, on his other podcast ‘Nightcap', discussed the success of ‘Club Shay Shay' with his co-host, former NFL All-Pro receiver Chad ‘Ochocino' Johnson.

“I thought I'd get 15-20 million views,” Sharpe said. “I was hoping, I was like, ‘Man if I get 15-20 million views, that's a band.' Ocho, we're about two million views from being the most watched interview in the history of YouTube. In three months. People ask, ‘Shannon, did you know?' No! How could you possibly know? How could I possibly know in three months that thing will have done 66 and a half million views… A billion impressions, it's done a billion impressions. How could you know something like that Ocho? That's like [saying], ‘Tom [Brady], did you know you were going to win seven Super Bowls and go have the most passing yards?' No, you couldn't possibly know.”

Joe Rogan, an extremely popular podcaster, recorded an interview with tech billionaire Elon Musk in 2019. That video sits currently at 68 million views. Sharpe's discussion with Katt Williams rests right below it at 67 million.

Sharpe later claimed that he wasn't done asking questions, despite the interview already lasting multiple hours.

“I still got 20 minutes worth of questions,” he said. “I promise you, and I put my right hand to God: if we had started that camera the moment he touched the door, I guarantee it would've done 100 million views… in a week. People were talking about, ‘Oh, he was drinking.' I promise you, this was before he had one sip [of liquor]. Had I gotten to the other 20 minutes of questions, we'd have been at 75 [million views] right now. But I was like, ‘Man, this got to be approaching three hours.'”

In a previous ‘Nightcap' recording, Sharpe talked about the money he made from the Williams video.

“Everybody was talking about how much money I made doing the Katt Williams interview,” he said. “I just got the check. So whatever you think I made, 3x it. So if you think I made $500,000, 3x it. If you think I made a million, 3x it. If you think I made $2 million, 3x it…I made more money on Katt Williams alone than I made in any year that I played the NFL.”

Spotrac, a website that tracks contracts in professional sports leagues, says Sharpe earned $22.3 million throughout his 15 seasons as a Denver Bronco and Baltimore Raven. His highest base salary for a season was in 1999 when he earned $2.25 million with the Broncos.