Sapp Wants Out If Dungy Doesn’t Make HallJanuary 28th, 2014
Joe enjoyed sitting next to Warren Sapp during Super Bowl Media Day lunchtime inside the frigid confines of the Prudential Center in ugly downtown Newark, New Jersey.
No. 99 was in great form, sporting a brown suit and tie, and bitching loudly about the sub-freezing temperatures. Sapp playfully berated Joe for leaving cozy Tampa to come to Newark, and then it took Joe about five minutes to piss off Sapp and get the cold shoulder the way only Sapp can deliver it. But for Sapp, that was a lot of rope to a reporter asking him questions that don’t give him a chance to tell many stories. So Joe is not insulted.
Joe will have much more from Sapp tomorrow, but No. 99 was emotional talking about Father Dungy, Derrick Brooks and John Lynch, who are up for earning eternal glory in the Hall of Fame. The panel of Hall of Fame writers will vote on Saturday.
“That’s the four pillars that we built that place off, me Brooks, Lynch and Tony. The triplets on defense and Tony just making us go every day just teaching us the game,” Sapp said. “You know you talk about a coach that 11 of 13 years took his teams to the playoffs. His only losing season was his first with us in Tampa, after 12 straight losing seasons and 11 of those was double-digit-loss season. I mean if he’s not a Hall of Famer, then I want out.”
But Sapp isn’t confident all his iconic Bucs brothers will get in the Hall this week.
“I see four first-ballot guys,” Sapp said of Marvin Harrison, Brooks, Dungy and Walter Jones.
He called Jones a monster, and credited Harrison for changing the game with his wide receiver skills and leading to the “illegal chuck” rules for defensive backs because teams couldn’t stop him and Peyton Manning.
“Brooks is the best outside linebacker that never rushed,” Sapp said. “I never wanted him rushing. ‘Cover the tight end, Brooks.’ That’s his option.”
Sapp is in awe of this years Hall of Fame finalists, a group that makes Sapp glad he retired when he did. “It’s gettin’ full. I’m glad I’m out of the way.”