Pro Football Hall of Fame, meet Mr. Sapp.
On Saturday night, Warren Sapp became just the second Buccaneer to be enshrined in Canton (Lee Roy Selmon is the other.) Sapp was one of seven players to be inducted into the Hall.
He joined the Bucs in 1995 when the team was awful. Two years later, Tampa Bay was in the playoffs. In 1999, he was there in St. Louis when the Bucs played in (and nearly won) the NFC Championship game. And on January 26, 2003, he was celebrating a Super Bowl title on the field in San Diego with John Lynch, Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber and the rest of his teammates. Expect to see Brooks in the Hall next year.
Sapp’s career was defined by his relentless pass rush, and sacks – a lot of them. He finished his career having taken down quarterbacks 96.5 times (some of those came with the Raiders.) He was also known for having a big mouth; there’s no denying that. I will never forget all of the times he and Brett Favre were seen yapping it up. Those who had to line up against him will argue that Sapp’s mouth went a bit too far. Such is life.
Warren Sapp will be inducted into Tampa Bay’s Ring of Honor during halftime of the Monday night against the Dolphins on Nov. 11.
To see Warren Sapp’s entire Hall of Fame speech, click here.
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