"Once you hear that 'C' word come out of their mouth, okay, damn," Sharpe recollects. Sharpe was diagnosed a month before his appointment to move to Los Angeles,
where he had just been offered an interview as a co-host on FS1 with Skip Bayless. "It was difficult..this was my dream job," Sharpe says to PEOPLE.
"I had been wanting this job for so long and I had been given an opportunity that Skip believed in me.
Sharpe and Bayless 70, who host FS1's daily show "Undisputed" with Skip as well as Shannon which is a show where the experts discuss current events in the globe of sports.
I felt that there were a lot of people counting on me to be able to go fulfill this obligation that I had been given."