Former Buccaneers DT Warren Sapp (1995-2003) was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013, it was announced on Saturday in New Orleans.
Sapp will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 3 in a ceremony in Canton, Ohio. He joins DE Lee Roy Selmon (1976-1984) as Pro Football Hall of Famers who spent the majority of their career with the Buccaneers.
“This is a proud day for the Buccaneers organization and Bucs fans everywhere,” said Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer. “Warren played the game with incredible ability and passion. He was a leader on one of the best defenses in NFL history and helped to redefine the defensive tackle position. It is a fitting honor that he will be recognized as one of the greatest to ever play, and we could not be happier for him.”
Sapp, (6-2, 300), was drafted in the first round (12th overall) by the Buccaneers in the 1995 NFL Draft. He played nine years for Tampa Bay, playing in 140 games and starting 130, while also starting in nine postseason contests with the team and helping lead them to the 2002 Super Bowl Championship. Sapp holds the Buccaneers’ single-season sack record, recording 16.5 sacks in 2000.His 96.5 career sacks rank as the second-most by an interior lineman in NFL history.
The 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Sapp made six All-Pro Teams (four first-team, two second-team) and seven consecutive Pro Bowls (1997-2003). He was also voted to both the NFL’s 1990’s and 2000’s All-Decade Team.