Spence Drops A Sapp ComparisonJuly 19th, 2013
Rookie nose tackle Akeem Spence is somewhat Warren Sapp-like with his gift of gab.
No, Spence isn’t crazy arrogant like Sapp, not yet anyway. But Spence is fun and engaging, and there’s almost always a giant smile plastered across his face.
Spence, however, sees another similarity to himself and the legendary No. 99, who enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month. Spence explained to Joe and other media yesterday.
“Like Warren Sapp, you know what I’m sayin’, we’re like the same built, same everything,” Spence said. “I try to mimic some of his stuff. But you know the scheme is kinda different, but I’m still trying to do it for the short guys around the league, man.”
Joe admits it’s hard not to want to slap a rookie fourth-round pick who dares to remotely compare himself to Sapp. Joe’s not sure if Spence realizes Sapp was a coveted first-round pick who ran a freakish 4.69 40 time at the NFL Scouting Combine. Spence chugged out a 5.15-second time.
Regardless, Joe can tell Spence, who stands 6-1, 207 pounds, is just excited, eager and yungry, rather than cocky and foolish.
Joe likes the attitude, and Joe will leave you with Spence’s take on the looming start of training camp.
“I know that first day we put on the pads its going to be intense. Scratch claw, do whatever, bust somebody’s butt, do whatever you gotta do,” he said.