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Sapp strikes playful pose with Hall of Fame greats

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Published:   |   Updated: August 2, 2013 at 06:36 PM

CANTON, Ohio - Warren Sapp arrived Friday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame and almost immediately, he became a kid again.

Sapp, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle, will be formally inducted into the football shrine on Saturday night. On Friday, he was part of a group photograph with more than 100 Hall of Famers.

There was Sapp, the former Tampa Bay Bucs defensive tackle, posing for photographs with Steelers great "Mean" Joe Greene. As others took the shot, Sapp extended his arm and focused his iPhone on himself and Greene.

There was Sapp, being friendly to quarterbacks such as Joe Namath, Roger Staubach and John Elway.

There was Sapp, joking with former Lions running back Barry Sanders, once his arch-nemesis.

There was Sapp, spotting former Bucs assistant Bill Muir in the crowd, then racing over to offer a hug.

"Warren belongs here," said Bucs fan Bob Schilling, a former Bradenton resident who now lives in Canton. "He played the game with such an attitude. He belongs."

Friday morning, surrounded by football legends, Sapp looked right at home.

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