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Sometimes a player comes along who not only stars as an individual, but who also changes the future of his position for years to come.
Lawrence Taylor did it for linebackers with the New York Giants, and Warren Sapp did it for defensive tackles with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now both men are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Over 13 seasons with the Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders, Sapp racked up 96.5 sacks, was named to seven Pro Bowls and was included in the NFL's All-Decade teams for both the 1990s and 2000s.
The 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Sapp was an absolute terror over a four-year stretch from 1997 to 2000, tallying 46.5 sacks over that span.
A member of the Buccaneers team that destroyed Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII, Sapp is nearly as well-known for his outgoing personality and willingness to offer an opinion off the field as he is for wreaking havoc on it.
Sapp told Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post that he's going to be just as open with his emotions on Saturday: “I’m not even trying. I’m going to cry like a baby. I’m going to put a towel to my head, just as if I was out here to fight off this sun.”
Sapp's career contained a ton of big moments, but only the top 10 made it into Matt Miselis' look back at the highlights. For even more information on Sapp, be sure to read Bleacher Report NFC South Lead Writer Knox Bardeen's look at Sapp's playing days.