Shortly after becoming the newest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Warren Sapp turned his thoughts to the potential Tampa Bay Buccaneer brigade coming up behind him.
The seven-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle who helped spearhead the rise of the Bucs from National Football League laughingstocks to Super Bowl champions was voted into the Class of 2013 Saturday in his first year of eligibility.
After the live announcement on NFL Network, Sapp walked off the stage and directly into the arms of former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks for a long embrace.
"You're next, you're next,'' Sapp said between tears as the keys to the Tampa 2 defense that spread across the league shared an emotional hug.
Sapp joins the late defensive end Lee Roy Selmon as the only Hall of Fame players who spent the bulk of their career in Tampa.
"This is a proud day for the Buccaneers organization and Bucs fans everywhere," Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said. "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 becomes second Tampa Bay Buccaneer to reach Hall of Fame
Tampa Tribune | Feb 3