As we’ve stated a few times since the offseason began, this time of year is the time for lists. Networks, analysts and fans all like to converse about their Top 10s or Top 20s at positions currently or historically.

As is the trend of the season, NFL network’s Gil Brandt, who has covered the NFL for many, many years, decided to rank the “31 Greatest Defensive Tackles In NFL History.”

As you would expect, the reason we’re linking such a list is because there is a former Bucs player who is on that list — very deservingly so. However, his place on the list needs some adjusting, if you ask us.

Warren Sapp ranked No. 16? Behind Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins, Roger Brown and Cortez Kennedy?

Come on.

I get that some of the guys on that list are higher due to what they meant to the game in the eras they played in, but Sapp recorded 96.5 career sacks, 435 tackles, 19 forced fumbles, was a Defensive Player of the Year in 1999, and was an All-Decade selection in two different decades. Plus the only defensive tackle in NFL history with more sacks is John Randle.

The guys I mentioned specifically were great in their own right, and maybe Donald goes down as one of the best defensive tackle to ever play the game.

But right now there’s no way there’s 15 defensive tackles all-time better than Sapp.

What do you think?

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28 COMMENTS

  1. The disrespect for bucs players is nothing new, but not having sapp as a top 5 minimum is a joke. He reinvented the d tackle position.

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    • If Sapp had been an alter boy or died young after his career, he would be considered one of the greatest ever by all. Sadly, he got into a lot of trouble and rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Gil Brandt may be known as the “Godfather”, but Warren will always be a Buc great and Hall of Famer.

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  2. It’s laughable. Like his on field antics or not and his brusk personality encounters off the field
    he was a terror on the field as a DT, even for the Raiders he only dropped a little in his golden years.

    To be 2nd on the list in sacks and ranked out of the top 10 is a joke.

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  3. Their must be some mistake ..Sapp was the man !!!

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  4. Brandt must be suffering from some kind of dementia. That or just typical Bucs disrespect. The same disrespect that puts Morten Anderson in the hall before John Lynch.

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    • Let’s be honest here. Lynch was FANTASTIC, but Morten Anderson played til he was 90.

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      • Don’t care. A kicker should not get in the hall before a historically great Safety or any other position for that matter. Unless that Kicker happens to be Sammy Baugh and also plays QB and Corner lol.

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      • Dammit I didn’t mean Sammy Baugh I meant George Blanda, don’t know why but i got those 2 confused for a moment.

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    • I love how “pundits” like to say that Lynch doesn’t deserve the H.O.F. because he played during an era when safeties could hit people. In the immortal words of that great philosopher Bugs Bunny, “what a bunch of maroons.”

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  5. I’m not sure where to even begin with this one. Sapp is/was the single reason I became an nfl Bucs fan. I loved college and I’m a huge Miami fan as my Seminole loving clueless brother cgmaster will tell you lol. Once he was drafted to the Bucs I became a fan instantly. Never watched the nfl till then. So to say the least, I’ve watched this man religiously since he was a freshman at Miami. He commanded double teams and shed them like paper. He talked a mean game on the field and always led by example. What other player is ballsy enough to skip through the opposing teams warm ups before a game. He is a legend on the field, albeit a huge douche bag off the field, but that’s not why I liked him on the first place. Sure fire hall of gamer, team leader, super bowl champ, and all defensive team for two decades and this clown puts him at 15!!?? He’s top three all time and I don’t see how that’s even debatable.

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  6. You gotta be kidding’ me – Joe Kleco? Dan Hampton? Geno Atkins? Aaron Donald? Cortez Kennedy? Buck Buchannon? John Randle? – just tonnage a few – ahead of Sapp!!!!! What a joke. And my other all-time favorite – Alan Page – in the teens. How many guys on this list were named NFL MVP – not D player of the year – NFL MVP – There’s only one – Alan Page, and 173 sacks. You look at guys that could dominate every game, redefine their positions. Only a handful on this list could do that. Sapp and Page are two of those guys. Both belong in the Top 5.

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  7. Sapp once said “Quarterbacks taste like chicken”, he would eat this dude’s entire family, he needs to shut up.

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  8. It’s hard to rate Sapp against all those older guys on the list. Not only was a different era, but I doubt many of us watched those guys play.

    So no problem with older-era guys ranked ahead of Sapp.

    But Geno Atkins? Aaron Donald? Come on! Donald might end up better than Sapp in the long run, but he’s not there yet.

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  9. Actually many of us have seen those players play, their helmets we’re made of leather. Sapp should be rated higher no question.

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  10. Total disrespect…Sapp may have had his personal issues but on the field, the guy couldn’t be denied, he was the best, period! Close the book cause it’s a wrap!

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  11. That’s comical. I mean, really comical. There is absolutely no justification for putting Sapp anywhere outside the top 10.

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  12. This had everything to do with his personality. This was Gil using his judgement of the overall person, rather than skill set and game play…or at the minimum using that to judge Sapp’s place on his list. who knows…he was an egomaniac when he was playing, he could of hurt Girl’s feelings at one point.

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  13. All of these Gil Brandt lists have been a joke. He didn’t have Andre Reed in the top 35(!) WR’s. Its bad just clickbait.

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  14. He’s HOF DT for Christ’s sake!!!! Top 5 at the least. Geno arkins? Give me a damn break.

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  15. I tried to read all of these so I might have missed someone saying. WHY IS SAPP WEARING A RAIDERS JERSEY? Brandt is nuts. Time to retire. Talk about Buc disrespect. They don’t even put him in a Buc Jersey.

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  16. Sapp need to make Sport writer them version of the office line backer video’s with him sacking sports writers don’t think he’s top 15.

    In case you don’t know what I’m talking about here the link
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg5cdZ-Fnpc

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  17. Many yrs ago, I actually had Sapp rated at about No 6. But Our Bucs never have received a lot of respect. Even when we won it all. I’m willing to bet his ranking had something to do with his off the field behaviors. Which it should not. The least ranking I would give Warren is an 8 or 9. But..it is a..BUCLIFE Baby. GO BUCS. Lets shock the NFl this year!

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  18. That’s just disrespectful and lacking intellect, of course we all have our opinions, but when somebody literally changes the game at a position, they are at a minimum top 6

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  19. I have numerous top whatever from Gil Brandt, and I firmly believe that it may be time for him to hang up his typewriter (he probably has his grandchildren type on the pc for him). He consistently ranks Buccaneers low, and ancient players extremely high. I understand that players from different ears should be considered differently; however, even now, teams are still trying to draft the next Warren Sapp, and not the next Randy White. Sorry but he is nothing but an old codger who needs to go away.

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    • He’s a Cowboy! Enough said. What’s a pc? lol.

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  20. “Put a jersey on.”………”Next question.”

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  21. Ngata and Donald could not carry Sapp’s jock. He changed how the game is played.

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  22. Good write up, Trevor, and some great comments by others.

    I gotta go with common sense and say Sapp should at least be top 10. Top 5 isn’t out of the question.

    No current player has the pedigree to be in front of him.

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