Since joining the NFL in 1976, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have only had one player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That man is legendary defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, but he's not the lone Buc in Canton anymore.
That's because the great Warren Sapp received enough votes on Saturday to join Selmon in his first year of Hall of Fame eligibility.
Shorty after the announcement, the Buccaneers issued the following statement:
"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 joins Cowboys guard Larry Allen, Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter, Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden, Super Bowl winning coach Bill Parcells, and senior candidates Curley Culp and Dave Robertson as members of the 2013 Hall of Fame class.
One of the most dominant inside presences ever and a man that revolutionized the three-technique position, Sapp was the type of player that only comes along every generation or so. He spent nine seasons in Tampa Bay and helped transform the Bucs into a Super Bowl winner.
The former University of Miami star was named to the All-Decade teams of the 90's and 00's. He was a Pro Bowl selection seven times, and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1999. He recorded double digit sacks in four seasons and finished his career with 96.5 sacks.
Fellow Bucs great Derrick Brooks, who came into the league in '95 with Sapp, was with Sapp on Saturday and celebrated with his friend and former teammate. Next year, Brooks becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame and is almost certainly a lock to have his bust alongside Sapp's and Selmon's.
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