CANTON, Ohio – Former University of Miami standout Warren Sapp will become the sixth Hurricane inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during Saturday’s enshrinement ceremony televised live on NFL Network.
Sapp, one of seven Class of 2013 inductees, will join Hurricanes Jim Otto (1980), Ted Hendricks (1990), Jim Kelly (2002), Michael Irvin (2007) and Cortez Kennedy (2012) in Canton.
Special NFL Network programming leading up to Saturday’s ceremony includes “Class for the Ages”, a candid, one-hour roundtable discussion involving Sapp and Irvin regarding the impact and satisfaction that comes along with reaching football immortality. “Class for the Ages” will air Thursday at 10 p.m. ET and re-air Friday at 9 p.m. ET.
On Friday, “Road to Canton - Warren Sapp: Relentless” will debut at 8 p.m. ET. The one-hour special chronicles the life of Sapp, and features footage of the Plymouth, Fla., native as a high school standout, during his transformation at Miami, and his dominance in the NFL.
NFL Total Access airs Saturday at 4 p.m. ET live from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, and leads into the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at 7 p.m. ET.
Sapp spent 13 seasons in the NFL (198 games), playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1995-2003) and the Oakland Raiders (2004-07). A first-round pick (12th overall) by Tampa Bay in the 1995 NFL Draft, Sapp started for the Bucs en route to earning All-Rookie Team honors in 1995. He amassed 96.5 career sacks despite playing on interior of defensive line.
He was named 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year after helping lead Tampa Bay to its first division title in 18 years. That season, Sapp registered 12.5 sacks, 54 tackles, three forced fumbles and recovered two fumbles. A year later, he recorded a career-high 16.5 sacks in 2000. He led the Buccaneers to a 48-21 win over Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII. From 1999-2002, he was a first-team All-Pro four straight seasons and was All-NFC five times.
A second-team All-NFL selection in 1997 and 1998, he was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL's All-Decade Teams of the 1990s and 2000s. Sapp finished his professional career with 569 tackles, 96.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and four interceptions.
Sapp's prolific career with the University of Miami led to his selection by Tampa Bay in the 1995 NFL Draft. A two-time All-BIG EAST selection, Sapp was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player), Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman or linebacker) and the Bill Willis Award (best defensive lineman) in 1994. He earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors the same year, finishing the season with 84 tackles, 10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
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