Warren Sapp

Saturday, June 25th, 2022

Warren Carr Sapp (born December 19, 1972) is an American former professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons, primarily with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sapp played college football for the University of Miami, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American. He fell to the Buccaneers as the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft. He spent nine seasons with the Buccaneers and was a member of the Oakland Raiders in his last four seasons. Following Sapp’s NFL career, he was an analyst on NFL Network until 2015.

With Tampa Bay, Sapp made seven Pro Bowl appearances, earned first-team All-Pro honors four times, and was part of the team that won the franchise’s first Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XXXVII. He compiled 96.5 career sacks by the time of his retirement, which are the second-highest career sacks for a defensive tackle and the 28th-highest overall for a defensive lineman. His career, however, was also checkered by controversy from his hard-hitting style of play and occasional verbal outbursts. Along with Lee Roy Selmon and teammate Derrick Brooks, Sapp is one of three players to have his number retired by the Buccaneers. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.