Warren Sapp No. 3

April 20th, 2014

bYes, the fun list of the top Bucs in franchise history continues from Pat Yasinskas of ESPN. This time Yasinskas selected Hall of Fame tackle Warren Sapp.

Sapp changed the position of defensive tackle. He showed that you can dominate a game from the interior of the defensive line. For most of his time with the Bucs, Sapp was the best defensive tackle in the game.

He and Brooks were the cornerstones of a defense that won one Super Bowl and probably should have won more than that if the offense had been better. Sapp was never beloved by the fan base the same way that Brooks, John Lynch, Ronde Barber and Mike Alstott were.

Joe’s not so sure Sapp changed the position. That would have been Joe Greene, who former Bucs coach Father Dungy wanted Sapp to emulate. Having Sapp at No. 3 is probably right. It’s a flip of the coin who Joe thinks is better: Sapp or Derrick Brooks. Both made each other.

Frankly, Joe might lean Brooks as he played with the Bucs longer and was at the top of his game longer than Sapp was.

12 Responses to “Warren Sapp No. 3”

  1. tickrdr Says:

    Who’s my favorite player?

    Mr. Derrick Brooks


  2. Buc1987 Says:

    Everyone here knows by now Sapp is my favorite of all time. Don’t see that changing anytime soon either.

  3. DallasBuc Says:

    Sapp is a Buc. A HoFer. Legend in our bad history. 3 or 4..who gives a sh|t? He was a nasty competitor for us and deserves all accolades. My man.

  4. Vico Says:

    Sapp is #3 all-time buccaneer, I agree.

  5. PRBucFan Says:

    Like I said a couple days ago when you wrote about GMC being the leader of the D.

    Who was the leader of our D during dominance?

    Mr.Brooks was regardless of the fact Sapp was the most dominant Dlineman during his time.

    GMC will be the number 2 behind LVD before its all said and done.

    Brooks made his list as #1

  6. DallasBuc Says:

    The rankings are meaningless. We are talking about elite players and teammates on a winning squad that hoisted Lombardi. Next topic please?

  7. SAMCRO Says:

    That was the hardest for me to decide also, but I put Sapp ahead just because of his induction into the Hall. Knowing that eventually Brookes will join him.
    After you talked about “Double Nickel’s”‘ longevity I now agree that I could have easily put him ahead of Sapp. To me they were like to integral parts needed for a working engine. They were great teammates who even now after their retirement you can’t talk about one without mentioning the other.

  8. PRBucFan Says:

    In your opinion

  9. Tank4Jameis Says:

    Great player. Deserves this ranking for what he did on the field. Maybe the best Buc football player ever. But Joe, there’s no mystery on why he wasn’t as beloved as Brooks, Lynch, Barber, Alstott, Selmon, Dunn etc…

  10. gatrbuc17 Says:

    As big a Dlck as Sapp was he is still the Man at DT!

  11. stanglassman Says:

    Lee Roy Selmon #1
    Brooks #2

    I had the right 5 but had Sapp # 2 and Brooks # 3 but I think I like this order better. Assuming 63 is 1st.

  12. Shawnbucfan Says:

    Wait so you’re saying Rod Jones is not on this list ?