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Warren Sapp enters Hall of Fame

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“I mean it. I really find it in the game. Joy, you know. I can’t describe that to you — just knowing that it’s my showtime, it’s my day. It’s my day to show the country what I’ve been working on from Wednesday through Saturday. They’re going to turn the TV on, and they got a whole nation ready to watch me do my thing. I mean, they’re going to give me … center stage."

Warren Sapp, to Esquire magazine in 2000

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Editor: Jack Sheppard; Designer: Alexis N. Sanchez; Cover illustration: Steve Madden; Contributing writers: Joe Smith, Stephen F. Holder, Rick Stroud, Joey Knight, Gary Shelton; Copy Editor:: Aaron Greenfield; Research: Caryn Baird

  1. Sapp inducted into Hall of Fame

    Bucs

    CANTON, Ohio

    Whether you loved him or loathed him on or off the football field, Warren Sapp made you pay attention. • The mouth that soared did it again during his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. • "Talking trash and backing it up is just the way of my family," Sapp said …

    Former Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp kisses his Pro Football Hall of Fame bust next to daughter Mercedes, 15, who presented him for induction.
  2. Bucs hope to return for Brooks' enshrinement

    Bucs

    CANTON, Ohio — The Bucs celebrated their second Hall of Famer's induction Saturday, but there could be more merriment to come one year from now.

    Warren Sapp, right, acknowledged Derrick Brooks' role in his success during his acceptance speech.
  3. Other Hall of Fame inductees in their words

    Bucs

    "Thank you, Ozzie (Newsome) for that fantastic introduction. You know, I've often thought about that day back in 1996 when you drafted me instead of Lawrence Phillips. You know what, buddy, I think that worked out well for everybody. … If you strive for perfection, maybe, just maybe, you can become great."

  4. Bucs celebrate with franchise transformer Sapp

    Bucs

    CANTON, Ohio — Tony Dungy had just finished touring the Pro Football Hall of Fame with his young son Justin, taking in the collection of heroes and memorable moments.

    The Jim Thorps statue stands in the newly redesigned interior rotunda of the Pro Football Hall of Fame prior to the Class of 2013 Enshrinement Ceremony on Saturday at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
  5. Sapp's golden moment will last forever

    Bucs

    CANTON, Ohio

    Say this for Warren Sapp. The guy looks good in gold.

    Sapp poses with other members of the Hall of Fame. He's only the second Buc to make it in.
  6. Meet the man behind Sapp's Hall bust

    Bucs

    CANTON, Ohio — He's the man responsible for Don Shula, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith.

    Sculptor Blair Buswell designed the Warren Sapp bust for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This is the image before it was bronzed for Saturday's induction ceremony.
  7. Humbled Sapp at Hall of Fame: 'I'm home'

    Bucs

    CANTON, Ohio — Warren Sapp visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame in March, touring the museum where his bust would one day reside among the game's best.

    Warren Sapp, center, talks to John Madden, left, and Willie Lanier.
  8. Sapp's bust is first in Hall of Fame to have braids

    Bucs

    Blair Buswell made this clay sculpture that was used to produce the bronze bust of Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp that will be displayed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sapp's bust is the first in the Hall of Fame to have braids.

    Sculptor Blair Buswell designed the Warren Sapp bust for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This is the front of the image before it was bronzed for Saturday's induction ceremony.
  9. Sapp adds to Bucs' Hall presence

    Bucs

    CANTON, Ohio — During Warren Sapp's initial trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he looked forward to relishing the decades of history found in its corridors, a treat for a man who often professes respect for his predecessors.

    Warren Sapp arrives at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton with his daughter Mercedes, 15.
  10. Sapp-Favre rivalry results in mutual respect

    Bucs

    Brett Favre has countless anecdotes and memories from his 20-year career. But every time the three-time MVP quarterback speaks at a luncheon or takes questions from fans, Favre said one name almost always comes up. Warren Sapp. "And I'm usually the one bringing him up," Favre says. "They want to hear stories." With …

    "I always said, we were just two country boys, that if he went and got five friends and I went and got five friends, we were going to play until the sun goes down,'' Warren Sapp, left, said of Brett Favre.