Warren Sapp at HOF Induction: 'I Played This Game to Retire My Mother'
Warren Sapp was a dominant force on the field and a unique character off of it. Perhaps one of the most memorable players of his era, Sapp will stand out in the Hall of Fame as well as the only "bust" with braids, although the designation is unlikely to last long.
A key member of a dominant Tampa Bay Bucs defense that also included John Lynch and Derrick Brooks and revitalized the franchise and ulitmately won a Super Bowl, Sapp was named to the All Decade Teams for the 90s and 2000s. Although primarily remembered for his time with the Bucs, he was able to experience a rebirth with the Oakland Raiders.
Sapp, a special talent out of the University of Miami, noted that it was passion for the game and for his family that fueled his journey to Canton.
"I never played this game to get
into the Hall of Fame," said Sapp. "I played this game to retire my
mother, because my mother worked to the bone and I wasn't going to allow
her, or myself, to be in that position again. I love this game. I love
the passion of it, and I sit here with the greatest amongst the great,
or as Michael Irvin said the other day, the Bible of football, because
you can read, get inspiration, gain strength and look to tomorrow.
"This game is so great. There's
nothing else I know and love. It's taken me from a dirt road to heights I
never seen seen and now to a gold jacket. Oh my goodness."