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January 11, 2013 @ 3:34 pm
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Sapp Makes The Cut To Final 15 For The Hall Of Fame

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Former Buccaneers great Warren Sapp has made the final cut for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The final list of inductees will be announced on February 2, one day before the Super Bowl.
In the Buccaneers 36 year history, the franchise has just one bust that graces the halls of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton – by next summer that may be changing.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Friday that former Buccaneer great Warren Sapp was one of 17 former players or coaches that will be voted on the day before the Super Bowl February 2 in New Orleans and if he is elected will join Buccaneers great Lee Roy Selmon as Tampa Bay players who are enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

The 15 modern-era finalists were determined by a vote of the Hall’s Selection Committee from a list of 127 nominees that earlier was reduced to a list of 27 semifinalists, during the multi-step, year-long selection process. The selection committee will meet in New Orleans, La. on Saturday, February 2, 2013, to elect the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013. The election results will be announced at 5:30 p.m. ET (4:30 local time) during a one-hour NFL Network special, live from the Super Bowl Media Center.
 
Sapp was selected in first round (12th player overall) by Tampa Bay in 1996 and was named to All-Rookie Team. During his career Sapp amassed 96.5 career sacks despite playing on interior of defensive line and recorded double-digit sack totals four times. Sapp was named 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year after helping lead Tampa Bay to first division title in 18 years. Sapp also recorded career-high 16.5 sacks and was a first-team All-Pro four straight times (1999-2002. The former Hurricane star selected to seven Pro Bowls and was named to NFL’s All-Decade Teams of the 1990s, 2000s.

The Tampa Tribune’s Ira Kaufman, who is the Tampa Bay representative for the Pro Football Writers and will argue Sapp’s case, thinks Sapp has a good shot.

“I am looking forward to making the case for Warren Sapp as a first ballot Hall-of-Famer,” Kaufman said. “I feel I have more than enough ammunition to attract enough votes despite a very impressive field of candidates.”

Former Bucs safety John Lynch didn’t make the final cut of 15 after getting to the previous cutoff of 27 players.

The 2013 of finalists:
Warren Sapp
Michael Strahan
Larry Allen
Jerome Bettis
Tim Brown
Curley Culp
Eddie DeBartalo Jr.
Kevin Greene
Charles Haley
Art Modell
Jonathan Odgen
Bill Parcells
Andre Reed
Dave Robinson
Will Shields
Aneas Williams
Cris Carter


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    Gosh I hate Chris Carter....
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    Go SAPP GO-I think he deserves a shot to be enshine at Canton-The place is great I went on my 67 birthday this past Sept 28. GO SAPP GO
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    I doubt Sapp will be a first ballot HOF because of his relationship with the media, but I certainly hope he makes it anyway. He will definitely be a HOF at some point.
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    Sapp couldn't come close to Selmon, the man was a monster and a gentleman. He was three teamed constantly and still got to the QB and RB. Nobody ran on Lee Roy Selmon's side. I think what we have here is an opinion from a younger fan that was not there to watch Selmon. I am not saying that Sapp is not worthy of the Hall of Fame; he is. I am just bringing up that he may not be a first timer and if he doesn't get in this year he won't next year because Derrick Brooks will be a first timer and two Buc's aren't going in together. The excuse this year will be that character kept him out in a very close count. Just my opinion and I am for Sapp eventually getting in because he deserves too. Strahan, Allen ,Haley, Parcell's, Carter are my five and I don't believe there will be six this year.
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    I have watched the Bucs from the very beginning and Sapp on the field was every bit as good as Selmon was and deserves to be in the Hall of Fame right along with Selmon. Was he as good character as Selmon, no, because he had marijuana problems at Miami before he was drafted, but he didn't break any criminal laws as a Buc that I am aware of. You may not have liked his personality off the field, but as long as he didn't break any criminal laws--like Talib did--that should not enter into the decision for Hall of Fame voting.
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    Sapp couldn't come close to Selmon, the man was a monster and a gentleman. He was three teamed constantly and still got to the QB and RB. Nobody ran on Lee Roy Selmon's side. I think what we have here is an opinion from a younger fan that was not there to watch Selmon. I am not saying that Sapp is not worthy of the Hall of Fame; he is. I am just bringing up that he may not be a first timer and if he doesn't get in this year he won't next year because Derrick Brooks will be a first timer and two Bu's aren't going in together. The excuse this year will be that character kept him out in a very close count. Just my opinion and I am for Sapp eventually getting in because he deserves too. Strahan, Allen ,Haley, Parcell's, Carter are my five and I don't believe there will be six this year.
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    I don't have a problem with Strahan making the HOF, but I don't think he deserves to get in ahead of Sapp. Warren was the more dominant player. I'm more impressed with Sapps 16.5 sacks coming from an interior position than I am with Strahans 22.5 from the perimeter. Sapp was the point man on arguably the nfl's best defense from 1997-2002. Sapps first step, or get off, was legendary. He was the best DT since Randy White. I agree that this years class is very competitive. I think Allen,Haley,Odgen,Parcells and Sapp should go in before Strahan. Also, I'm old enough to have seen Curley Culp and David Roberson play and wouldn't have a problem with either one getting in. Both very good players.
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    PR: Warren Sapp and fellow future Hall of Fame candidate Derrick Brooks were drafted in 1995 not 1996. Sapp and Strahan played two different positions. Sapp set the standard for the three-technique and excelled far more than the gaped tooth one from media center New York did as a DE. Sapp might have been rude, but I would not question his character or his play on the field because of it. Congratulations #99.
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    Scu- I would question his character on the field due to his blind side attack on Chad Clifton when he was accross the field and the way he would pick up a rb and slam them head first into the ground let us not forget his crotch grabbing incident towards the local highschool coaches in view of the practice. To me he was a jerk on and off the field but he was talented and deserves to be in the hall of fame. P.s i have met him several times and asked him for an autogragh at least a dozen times without getting one in fact I never saw him sign for fans.
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    I love that Sapp is still there. I am saddened that Lynch is not
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    Sapp deserves to be in before Strahan.
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    grimesy, based on what?
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    Sapp for sure, if he is not a first ballot this is a shame. I did not like Sapp off the field as he was a A...s. but he was the MAN on Sundays!! This is not if you like the man, it's about how he played !!
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    Horse, how dare you. I think Sapp was a much more dominant player than Strahan, and I'll never get over the Farve Flop. Maybe that is my pewter bleedin' through my red, but so be it.
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    That's a tough group to make it through. I think Michael Strahan for sure and I have to believe that Charles Haley and Chris Carter make it this time too. It's probably time for Bill Parcels and Larry Allen to join the club too. That doesn't leave much for Sapp to make it this time not because of his talent, but because of his character issues. I think he waits another year or two then maybe. thar's a tough group to get thru.Michael Strahan
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