TAMPA, Fla. Each Warren Sapp memory has its own flair. Some are humorous, while others are tributes to his Mensa-like football IQ. Some cast him as a defensive wizard, a gumbo of terror and genius, while others place him in a Georgia Dome end zone shaking his backside like Beyonce after a touchdown catch.
Variety should be expected. Greatness, no matter the arena, is far from two-dimensional. Its a kaleidoscope of discipline and motivation, of passion and perseverance and so much more, and Sapp was anything but simple over a 13-year career that included nine with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The elite share two qualities: They redefine their roles and impact their franchises in quantifiable ways, leaving a shadow that lingers long after theyre gone.
Sapp, Tampa Bays first-round pick in 1995 who matured into the face of a franchise's rebirth, accomplished both in a Bucs uniform. In more ways than one, the big guy had bounce.
You look at him all the way from college at Miami, through...