The NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2013 announcement will take place this afternoon at the Super Bowl media center in New Orleans, and the Buccaneers have a chance to add a second Hall of Fame player to their team history. Warren Sapp is one of the finalists for the NFL’s highest honor, and would join Lee Roy Selmon as the Buccaneers contingent in the Hall. Steve Young and Randall McDaniel both played for the Buccaneers and would later be enshrined, but are not considered “Buccaneers” members of the Hall of Fame.
Warren Sapp was a 7 time Pro-Bowler, and was the 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He was a 4 time All-Pro, and a 2 time All-Decade player, spanning the 90′s and 2000′s. He ranks 34th all time in sacks, with just shy of 100 hits on the QB over his career, which is an outstanding number considering his position. As a defensive tackle, Sapp was the engine that drove the front 4 that would terrorize opposing quarterbacks and force them to throw into the Tampa 2 coverage. He would force and recover numerous fumbles, and be a disruptive force for one of the greatest defenses of all time.
In my opinion, Sapp should be a lock for the Hall of Fame as a first year nominee. He’s one of the greatest defensive linemen of all time, and did so as a tackle, which is a much less glamorous position. Along with Michael Strahan, who is also eligible this year, the Hall of Fame voters have a chance to add the two best defensive linemen of the past 20 years at the same time. No matter what you believe about Sapp’s personality off the field, it’s hard to deny that on the field, he was one of the greatest to ever play the game. Comment below and let us know your favorite Warren Sapp memory!
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