David Sharpe: I’m Not Legally Blind, I Had Cataracts Removed At Six Years Old

At 6-6 and 340 pounds, Florida offensive line prospect David Sharpe is hard to miss. But in March, a report surfaced that Sharpe sometimes misses others, as he is legally blind in his right eye.

Only he isn’t. The report was false – and Sharpe has no idea how or why or when it started.

“I’m not sure, man,” Sharpe said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “It was a lot of false accusations. I don’t know where it came from. It was just some false info. It was very wrong. But I don’t think it’s a real big deal. It was just some false info. It was wrong.”

Sharpe, a left tackle, started 26 of the last 27 games at Florida, which has played in back-to-back SEC title games. According to some outlets, he’s a projected second-round pick – fake news and all. He did have a cataract removed in his youth, but that will not impair him in the NFL.

“I had a cataract removed when I was six years old,” he said. “Just battling that and dealing with that since I was young. But it’s not affected me.”

Sharpe added that teams have not been worried about his eye sight or forced him to undergo unnecessary testing.

“Not really,” he said. “I did it at the Combine, and the trainers of teams pretty much know what’s going on. Guys have played with it before in the league and it’s not really been a problem. It really doesn’t affect me, but it’s not a problem.”

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