Shannon Sharpe unloads after Broncos beat Patriots, trolls Bill Belichick, fans, media

One unusual statistic marks a first in the 17-game Manning-Brady saga

Hall-of-Fame former Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe may be getting paid by the tweet.

After the Broncos defeated the New England Patriots 20-18 in the AFC Championship game on Sunday, Sharpe began posting fairly innocuous pro-Broncos and anti-Patriots trash-talking. Later, Sharpe’s messages got personal, devolving into childlike name-calling between Sharpe and fans, a New England-based media member and many others.

Users have taken shots at Sharpe’s speech, appearance and job status (he was replaced on the CBS pregame show in 2014 after a decade with the network).

Sharpe has returned lots of fire and the tirade continues as of about 12 p.m. ET on Monday. In fact all the trolling may be making Sharpe stronger — as if he’s feeding on Patriots tears, becoming a full-fledged troll monster. The below is a mere sampling of Sharpe’s shotgun approach to Twitter. (Go here for everything.)