Arrest of Warren Sapp Shouldnt Affect His Football Legacy

NFL NEWS: Warren Sapp

The discretions of Warren Sapp off-the-field are not the reason why he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame or the Bucs Ring of Honor.

Lets be clear since it has been put out on local outlets maybe the Bucs should remove him from their Ring of Honor.

Sapp has a love-hate relationship with the public and the media. He, himself, became a member of the sports media for the NFL Network once his playing days were over. Since his arrest Monday morning for solicitation of prostitution and assault, the NFL Network terminated his contract.

The Ring of Honor is a teams own Hall of Fame. The team and fans were well aware about Sapps past from his college days which resulted of his draft stock dropping, ending up with the Bucs who took a chance on him. Sapp stayed out of trouble for the most part becoming the mouth of the team while fellow top pick, linebacker and another future Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks, became the heart of the team.

The combo, along with safety John Lynch, lead the Bucs for a near decade of excellence leading to winning Super Bowl XXXVII going from Tony Dungy to Jon Gruden.

Becoming a thorn at quarterbacks sides, Sapp produced 96.5 sacks, 19 forced fumbles, 573 tackles and four interceptions over his 13-year career. He also earned seven trips to the Pro Bowl, a four-time First-Team All-Pro, and made NFLs all 1990s and 2000s All-Decade teams. Those accolades are what allowed the team to have his no. 99 retired by the Bucs and inductions in both the Hall of Fame and the team’s Ring of Honor.

Unless Sapp somehow cheated in the game, you dont take that honor away from the man.

Its the Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor of “Football,” not of “Character.” Gary Shelton, who helped make Sapps case, wrote that the Hall of Fame is not a gentlemans club. O.J. Simpson still has a bust as does Lawrence Taylor. There are far worse things Sapp has been through.

You dont have to like Sapp, but as a Bucs fan, you have to respect what hes done for the franchise.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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