He devastated quarterbacks, won a Super Bowl and became the favorite player of an entire generation of Buccaneers fans. Now Warren Sapp can add Hall of Famer to his long list of accomplishments. Sapp was one of seven former players named to the 2013 Class of NFL Hall of Famers.
Joining Sapp in getting inducted this August will be Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter, Chiefs legend Larry Allen, Ravens offensive lineman Jonathan Ogden, Dave Robinson, Curly Culp and head coach Bill Parcells.
Sapp was joined by former Buccaneers safety Johny Lynch in the semifinal stage of the voting process, but Lynch didn’t make it any further. But while Lynch remains a favorite to many Buccaneers fans and is to this day one of the best safeties to ever suit up for any team, Sapp was without a doubt the best player the Bucs had from the 90s until the mid-2000s.
When Sapp came to the Bucs in the early 90s, Tampa was struggling to find it’s face. The franchise had existed since 1976, but the Bucs had never truly arrived with any sort of a presence in the NFL. There were some stars on teams prior, like Ricky Bell and fellow Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon but it had been some time since the Bucs had a face to their franchise.
Enter: Warren Sapp.
For years Sapp was the goofy yet fierce defensive machine for the Buccaneers and started a heated rivalry with Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. Every time the Packers and Bucs clashed, Sapp vs. Favre was the story.
Many believe that if the Buccaneers had a quarterback that was somewhat manageable in the late 90s, they would have had a dynasty thanks to the defense that was being lead by Sapp.
He’s always been a character and didn’t always make friends with everybody in the room, but Bucs fans loved him dearly and still do. And now, come August, those same fans that stood behind Sapp for over a decade, will watch him become the second member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise to get a bust in Canton.
Warren Sapp, No. 99, is a Hall of Famer.