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Sapp's most memorable sacks as a Buc

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Published:   |   Updated: August 1, 2013 at 04:53 PM

Among Warren Sapp's 77 sacks as a Buccaneer, several stand out:

+ On Sept. 3, 1995, Sapp posted his first sack as a professional, dropping Philadelphia's Randall Cunningham for a 5-yard loss in Sapp's NFL debut. The Bucs won 21-6 at Veterans Stadium.

+ On Aug. 31, 1997, Tampa Bay shocked San Francisco 13-6 in the season opener as Sapp knocked a pair of future Hall of Famers out of the game - QB Steve Young and WR Jerry Rice. Sapp sacked Young and backup Jeff Brohm once apiece in a signature win for a franchise that had endured 14 consecutive losing seasons, still an NFL record for futility.

+ When the Bucs faced the Packers on the road in a playoff matchup on Jan. 4, 1998, Sapp sacked Brett Favre three times during Green Bay's 21-7 triumph. When the hard-fought matchup concluded, it was evident Sapp had arrived as a force -- and so had the Buccaneers.

+ The Bucs rallied from a 13-0 deficit to edge the Redskins 14-13 in a Jan. 15, 2000, playoff game at Tampa, limiting Washington to only 10 first downs and 157 total yards. Sapp dropped Brad Johnson for an 8-yard sack to spark the swarming defensive effort.

+ Sapp registered one of Tampa Bay's five sacks against Rich Gannon on Jan. 26, 2003, as the Bucs routed the Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. With Sapp leading the way, Tampa Bay limited Oakland to 19 rushing yards in 11 carries.

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