Warren played 3-tech at a time when the NFL was still very physical and the ground game was still the way of the league. What I loved about Warren was that he would talk a lot of trash before, during and after a football game. He gave opponents all the material/motivation they needed to put the biggest chip on their shoulder and defeat him…. and he still got their quarterback. He did not look like an athlete in today’s sense, he looked like a big guy who likes barbecue and somehow snuck into the locker room and was wearing some guy’s jersey. He would flail his arms, hit lineman in the face, gauge eyes, clothesline people, horse collar the heck out of backs. Seeing the waves ripple in his stomach as #4’s eyes were wide running for the sidelines looking for mom made my week every time! Maybe I am partial, but I’d take Sapp any day. I don’t think he would last in this league though.
Aaron is an amazing player, we’d be lucky to have him for sure. I think he’s the best DT in the league for sure. Comparing these two though. Warren has a ring and he earned his stalking a Packer quarterback. Donald will be watching the Packer’s quarterback playing in the Championship from his couch next week.
I would take Sapp first since his personality drove the whole defense. I don’t see that same characteristic in Donald…..absolutely awesome athlete, but not that Alpha Dog that Sapp had.
Both of these players were/are great, but if I’m rating my best DT, that would go to Mean Joe Greene. He was unstoppable and they had to dedicate so much attention to him that others on that defense were consistently one on one.