More sentiments from Warren Sapp's big day
Warren Sapp’s selection as the next Buccaneer to enter the club’s Ring of Honor was not a difficult one for the Glazer family. But it was a choice that has special meaning for the clan that owns the franchise.
“My family feels a very special connection to Warren,” co-chairman Bryan Glazer said. “As you know, 1995 was the year we purchased the team. And in our first draft, in our first war room, Warren Sapp was the first player drafted under our watch. The second one that day was pretty good too, but we’ll save that speech for another day.”
That second player, of course, was linebacker Derrick Brooks, who is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year.
Glazer’s sentiments were just some of the comments made by others about Sapp today.
Former coach Tony Dungy attended today’s press conference, and he attempted to put Sapp’s career in perspective. How will Dungy remember him?
“I think you have to remember Warren Sapp for the big games,” Dungy said. “That’s when he was at his best. Playoff games. Games that you had to have. Games that were on (national) TV. He was going to show up and play well. And that’s what you wanted, a guy who was going to be at his best in the big games.”
Former Bucs safety Dwight Smith also attended, and spoke to the juxtaposition that is Sapp’s reputation to the masses and personality seen by his teammates.
“When people think of Warren Sapp, they think of this big, tough guy,” Smith said. “But I know him and I know his family and his mom and I know him to be a softie. He loves his family and he loves his kids. We call him Bear because he’s a big (Teddy) Bear. The whole world thinks of him as this big monster but I know him as this big cuddly bear.”
The Glazers essentially make decisions on Ring of Honor inductees among themselves, utilizing input from others. And when it came time to make Sapp this year’s choice, there was nothing but total agreement, Bryan Glazer said.
“When you really think about it, there was no other choice,” he said. “We knew he was going to be up there at some point, but on Feb. 2 of this year, he earned his spot. On that great day, Warren Sapp became the second Buccaneer voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“During his career, Warren never gave less than his all. His days on the field were headlined by incredible passion, overwhelming talent and, of course, his louder than life personality. His accolades and statistics speak for themselves.”