What they're saying
I am thrilled for Warren Sapp, the engine of the 4-3 defense. He's the most dominating inside presence I've been around: tremendous athletic ability, tenacity, discipline and football intelligence every single snap. He was a natural — even a great tight end. It's a great day for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
— Jon Gruden, former Bucs coach
Congratulations to Warren Sapp on being elected into Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is well deserved and I am very proud of him."
— Tony Dungy, former Bucs coach
Congrats Doom. Can't wait to see you big fella.
— Derrick Brooks, former Bucs teammate, via Twitter
Congratulations to @WarrenSapp for getting inducted into the @nfl Hall Of Fame. One of the best ever.
— Warrick Dunn, former Bucs teammate, via Twitter
This is a proud day for the Buccaneers organization and Bucs fans everywhere. … Warren played the game with incredible ability and passion. He was a leader on one of the best defenses in NFL history and helped redefine the defensive tackle position. It is a fitting honor that Sapp will be recognized as one of the greatest to ever play and we could not be happier for him.
— Bryan Glazer, Bucs co-chairman
Overjoyed about my man @qbkilla on his Hall of Fame induction. Congrats big homie. Well deserved!!
— Gerald McCoy, Bucs defensive lineman (using Sapp's old Twitter handle)
Congrats Sapp! You did it!!
— Drew Rosenhaus, agent
Having lined up next to @WarrenSapp for years, not only is he a HOF player, he is a HOF presence. There will NEVER be another one EVER!
— Booger McFarland, former Bucs teammate
Derrick Brooks came in 1995, but Sapp was drafted ahead of him on that same day. That's when the turnaround really started.
As Dungy and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin arrived, Sapp quickly became a force on a defense that arguably became one of the best in history. Brooks was just as big a force as Sapp, and I'm confident the linebacker will get his due next year. But everything about the legendary Tampa 2 defense that soon was copied around the league started with Sapp. He was the disruptive force in the middle that cleared the way for everything else.
Without Sapp, Dungy and Kiffin's defense still might have been good, but it wouldn't have been dominant. Without Sapp drawing so much attention from an offense, Brooks probably wouldn't have been quite as good as he was. Without Sapp, John Lynch and Ronde Barber might not be talked about as potential Hall of Famers.
— Pat Yasinskas, espn.com
Congrats @warrensapp @qbkilla HOF baby!!!! Amazing and deserved.
— Andrew Zimmern, noted chef and TV personality