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Special Report: Warren Sapp inducted into Hall of Fame

Published:   |   Updated: August 8, 2013 at 01:19 PM

From the dirt road he played on as a boy in Plymouth to the grandest football stage - the Super Bowl - former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp was an undeniable force. Here, we commemorate his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where he joins the greatest players in the history of the game as a member of the Class of 2013.
 
IN CANTON
Saturday gallery
Sapp has his say (and a parade) in Canton.
Sapp officially inducted
A funny, emotional ceremony, much like the man himself.
Fennelly: Sapp's dirt road ends in bronze
Martin Fennelly writes about the induction night.
Bucs family turns out to celebrate Sapp
The Glazers, other team executives and numerous former players made the trip to Canton.
Friday gallery
Sapp has a good time with other greats in Canton.
"Captain" calls the shots
Daughter Mercedes will do the honors Saturday night.
Hall mates: Sapp belongs
Established legends of the game are eager to welcome No. 99.
Fennelly: Sapp touched by permanence of Hall moment
A self-professed country boy was in Heaven on Friday afternoon.
Right at home
Sapp strikes playful pose with Hall of Fame greats.
Emotions sure to prevail
Expect a strong reaction when Sapp takes the podium.
Fennelly: Frat party won't end
Sapp joins immortals as players and fans flock to Canton.

THE EARLY YEARS
Determination at early age
Sapp had a vision of success far from his hometown.
Fennelly: Ms. Annie the rock behind Sapp
Mom has always been there for the Bucs legend.
High school star
Sapp was a three-sport threat in Apopka.
Gallery: Growing up in Plymouth
Photos from his formative years and Apopka High.
The University of Miami
With the Canes, Sapp found his true calling.
Formative years
Miami recruited Sapp and won over his mother.

THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Coach Jon Gruden's take
Sapp's bravado was what the Bucs needed, Super Bowl coach says.
Coach Tony Dungy's take
The former Bucs coach recalls Sapp living for the big moments.
A Bucs welcome
Sapp's arrival changed the Buccaneers.
Leading the way
Sapp set the tone for the Buccaneers.
Bucs to retire No. 99
Sapp will follow Lee Roy Selmon's footprints in yet another way.
The passion to play
A Bucs college scout was an early fan of Sapp.
Early NFL lesson
The Bucs benefited from Sapp's fall in draft.
Gallery: Sapp with the Bucs
Highlights of his nine-year career, including the magical 2002 championship run.

THE HALL OF FAME
Fennelly: Life of the party
Sapp is joining a team he can never leave.
Tampa's version of royalty
Lee Roy Selmon was the first Buc in Hall of Fame.
Next in line?
Four former Bucs who soon will be Hall eligible.
Getting it right
Sculptor creates lasting image of Sapp.
Bucs donate Sapp items to Hall
Sapp's display in Canton will have plenty of pewter memorabilia.

THE ATHLETE
Elite athlete
How does a man that big play with such quickness and agility?
Playing it up
Sapp's personality loved the stage.
Altering the game
What is the "Three Technique" and how did Sapp come to define it?
There's no comparison
Experts recall Sapp's vision and his athleticism.

THE QUARTERBACKS
Sapp and Favre
In Brett Favre, Warren Sapp found his main rival.
'Truly inspiring'
QBs Warner, Favre recall Sapp as game changer.
Stand-out sacks
Sapp's most memorable sacks as a Buccaneer.

SAPP AND BROOKS
Derrick Brooks on Sapp
No one was more loyal, says his teammate and friend.
55 and 99 go together
Friends and teammates, Sapp and Brooks are an unlikely couple.
Give and take
Brooks, Sapp were inseparable through the highs and lows.

ELECTION DAY
Feb. 2013: Sapp elected into Pro Football Hall Of Fame
Warren Sapp becomes the second Buccaneer, after the late Lee Roy Selmon, to reach Canton.
Fennelly: Sapp takes long road to Canton
The Bucs legend had to wait to hear his name called, just as he had to wait for success in Tampa Bay.
Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2013
The seven men chosen to be enshrined on Aug. 3.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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