4. Defensive Tackle Warren Sapp: Played for the Buccaneers from 1995 to 2003. Big, bad, and as brash as they come, Sapp was the anchor and voice of the Bucs' defense during his nine seasons in Tampa Bay. He is second on the team's all-time sack list, and one of the cogs that helped the Bucs when their first and only Lombardi Trophy in 2002.
Why Is Sapp No. 4?
Sapp, who was a first-round pick in 1995, brought great attitude and energy with him to Tampa Bay. Sapp enjoyed great success at the University of Miami and that carried over to NFL, where he was undoubtedly the best interior pass rusher in the game for a number of years. He went to seven straight Pro Bowls (1997-2003) and was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year after recording 54 tackles, 12.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries during the 1999 season.
Sapp's Legacy With The Buccaneers:
The "QB Killa" will always be remembered for his trash talk, but he always backed up on the field. Sapp was a different kind of beast at the DT position, and many tried to emulate him after watching how much success he had in Monte Kiffin's system. There was a time when Sapp was arguably the best pass rusher in football, as evidenced by his 29 sacks between the '99-'00 seasons.
Sapp's 77 sacks are second in franchise history only to Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon, who had 78.5 quarterback takedowns. His 130 starts while in a Bucs' uniform ranks him at No. 7 on that list.
But Sapp was more than just numbers. He always got the crowd at Raymond James Stadium fired up with his dance moves during timeouts, and his physical and fiery play sparked his teammates.
Lately, Sapp's public image has taken a tumble. But there is no denying what he brought to the Bucs. Sapp is almost a sure bet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and he certainly has a place waiting for him in the team's Ring of Honor.
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