Warren Sapp, to Esquire magazine in 2000
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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 …
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.
"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."
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.
Say this for Warren Sapp. The guy looks good in gold.
CANTON, Ohio — He's the man responsible for Don Shula, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith.
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.
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.
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.
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 …