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Warren Sapp to join current Bucs presence in Hall of Fame



CANTON, Ohio – Warren Sapp isn’t in the Pro Football Hall of Fame just yet, but there’s a significant Buccaneers presence already.

Lee Roy. Cadillac. Ronde.

They are some of the Tampa Bay players represented in the displays here in Canton, where Sapp will be enshrined on Saturday.

Already, Sapp and the other members of his class gathered for a photo opp in front of the Hall. Inside, fans milled around watching exhibits that included some Buccaneers.

They include Lee Roy Selmon’s bust, which is adjacent to the likes of Steve Largeant and Dan Diefdorf. There’s Ronde Barber’s jersey and gloves from the 2010 game against the 49ers in which he became the first 40/25 man in NFL history (interceptions/sacks).

There’s Sapp’s exhibit, set up in a room dedicated to this year’s enshrinees. It features two game-worn Sapp jerseys, one featuring white on creamsicle orange.

It was a treat for Bradenton resident Laura Eckenrode and her family, who were taking in the tour.

“I watched all those years in the ol’ Sombrero right up until the championship,” she said. “He brought a little of that Miami defense up to Tampa, that swagger, and it brought us a championship. I could have never envisioned it (when he arrived).”

[Last modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 1:29pm]


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