Warren Sapp Tells All: Favre, Keyshawn, Dilfer, Hall of Fame, Bankruptcy
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If you thought leaving the NFL Network and Showtime would keep Warren Sapp, the self-proclaimed “QB Killa,” from talking trash and laughing it up, you would be wrong.
The former University of Miami, Buccaneers and Raiders DT is not pulling any punches in his upcoming book, Sapp Attack: My Story, which is due to hit stores on August 21.
Sapp discussed his book with Tampa radio station 620 WDAE’s Tom Jones and Rick Stroud earlier this month.
While the 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year has fallen on hard times since his playing career ended after the 2007 season (Sapp filed for bankruptcy in April of this year), the larger-than-life, in-your-face, laughable personality is still on display for the world to see and hear.
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During the interview, the seven-time Pro Bowler refers to one-time Buccaneer teammate QB Trent Dilfer as “a turnover waiting to happen." Sapp made it a point to highlight that he was only referring to the time when he and Dilfer were teammates in Tampa and was not referring to the QB’s time elsewhere. Dilfer won Super Bowl XXXV with BAL in 2001.
Sapp talked about how his former QB took exception to the description, and in true Sapp form, he didn’t back down from his words. The DT turned author says he called Dilfer and said that his Super Bowl ring must have blinded his memories of his Tampa years.
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“I give him all the credit when he did it right, but hey, come on. Trent Dilfer('s) name don’t come up when we talk about great quarterbacks. Trent Dilfer’s name doesn’t come up when we talk about good quarterbacks,” Sapp told WDAE.
The uncensored truth continued with his own frustrations and confusion regarding his time as teammates with former WR Keyshawn Johnson.
The two initially discussed the possibilities of playing together in Tampa during the 2000 Pro Bowl. After Sapp persuaded then head coach Tony Dungy and the Bucs front office to trade for the polarizing WR, Sapp describes his and the team's frustration at how Johnson wouldn’t show up to the Bucs' offseason conditioning program.
“He won’t even show up to our offseason conditioning. And you hear these stories of when he was getting on Vinny’s (Testaverde) private jet…he attended all (Bill) Parcells' (NY Jets) offseason conditioning. All of them. And wouldn’t come; the Glazers gave him a $56 million deal,” Sapp said.
Sapp Attack: My Story also highlights the respect and admiration he holds for former NFC Central division rival Brett Favre.
“It was just two country boys that just love to play this game,” he said during the interview.
Sapp says by the time he and Dungy were together in Tampa (1996), they were tired of Favre ruling the NFC Central. But it was a common love for the game that fueled their competitive fire.
“You get a boy from the middle of central Florida and the middle of Mississippi and put them out on the football field with five of their friends, and we’ll play until the sun go down…all you need is an open field and daylight,” added Sapp.
The boisterous lineman became very humble during the interview when discussing his Hall of Fame eligibility, which opens up in 2013.
“(I) worry about the things I can control,” Sapp said.
Sapp seems happy with the NFL resume he wrote during his 13-year playing career.
“If they (Hall of Fame voters) look at my resume and say that it’s not worthy, then there it is. That’s why they have the position," Sapp said.
The thought of having his very own bust in Canton does get the Apopka, Fla. native excited.
“To have your face carved like that in bronze, aww jeez, that('s) unimaginable for a small-town country boy,” he said.
As Sapp continues to deal with bankruptcy, life seems all about perspective. Even his very public financial woes aren’t enough to keep the 300-plus-pounder from biting his tongue.
"This isn't as tough a situation as when I came out of college, and there were reports of seven positive drug tests, and I was a 21-year-old man," said Sapp, according to TampaBay.com. “I was coming to the worst franchise in pro football, and Sam Wyche was running a five-ring circus, and my teammates were calling me 'super-rook' because they didn't want me here. You stick a diamond in a pile of s- - - and it's still a diamond.”
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