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Belichick was really, really excited about Sapp’s potential


Lost (but not lost deep enough) in the oft-contentious Warren Sapp book tour is a story from Sapp about an interaction he had with then-Browns coach Bill Belichick in 1995, as Sapp was preparing to enter the draft.

“He said ‘I wanna draft you so bad that I have an erection right now,'” Sapp said of Belichick, during a Tuesday interview with The Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio.

But, according to Sapp, Belichick told Sapp that former Browns personnel executive Mike Lombardi wouldn’t let Belichick draft him, due to the information obtained by the team’s security department about Sapp.  (That elaboration was provided in Sapp’s interview with Howard Stern, summarized by

“We would have never left Cleveland,” Sapp said of what would have transpired if he had been a Brown.  “Trust me, the Mistake by the Lake would have been righteous.”

The Browns actually had been in position to take Sapp as of late March that year, trading from No. 26 up to No. 10, with the Falcons.  But the Browns eventually traded back down to No. 30 via a deal that allowed the 49ers to take receiver J.J. Stokes.

The Browns acquired, among other things, the 49ers’ first-round pick in 1996.  With which they drafted Ray Lewis.  Who has been getting Ravens fans aroused for 16 years and counting.

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16 Responses to “Belichick was really, really excited about Sapp’s potential”
  1. j0esixpack says: Aug 22, 2012 8:14 AM

    The only thing weirder than Belichick saying that is Warren Sapp boasting about it.

    But if you are given a choice between Warren Sapp and Ray Lewis even up, who do you take?

    Seems like the Browns/Ravens made the right choice.

  2. oldnumero7 says: Aug 22, 2012 8:23 AM

    My response to this post is flaccid.

  3. draftrobot says: Aug 22, 2012 8:30 AM

    Interesting story. Peter King has similarly reported an anecdote about how the entire Browns 2.0 organization was set on drafting Richard Seymour in 2001 but Butch Davis overruled everyone and picked Gerard Warren instead.

  4. sj39 says: Aug 22, 2012 8:30 AM

    “He said ‘I wanna draft you so bad that I have an erection right now,’” Sapp said of Belichick. I have no doubt in my mind that he said that and meant it. Brings new meaning to a “players coach”.

  5. walleyejon says: Aug 22, 2012 8:38 AM

    Loved Sapp up until the point he started talking

  6. otistaylor89 says: Aug 22, 2012 8:47 AM

    I got out of that that Ray Lewis has been around for a looooong time.
    His draft position was obtained by Bill Belichick…when he was coaching Cleveland…17 years ago!

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Aug 22, 2012 8:51 AM

    Favre said pretty much the same thing to Jenn Sterger.

  8. bryans49ers says: Aug 22, 2012 8:52 AM

    This idiot is still around?

  9. jbythebay says: Aug 22, 2012 8:52 AM

    …Belichick continued. I want to draft you good. I’m gonna draft the hell out of you. I’m going to draft your brains out all night long.

  10. nothimagain says: Aug 22, 2012 8:53 AM

    Best part about that draft was Jets fans chanting “Sapp Sapp” and then Rich Kotite – the greatest coach in NFL history – takes Kyle Brady with no need at tight end.
    Not sure who was more dumbfounded, Jets fans or Belichick, who had a clueless look on his face and promptly took the 49rers deal because he had absolutely no backup plan in the event Kyle Brady wasn’t available.

  11. billymc75 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:10 AM

    I think bill did fine without him, Sapp should be glad he didn’t end up in Cleveland

  12. uwsptke says: Aug 22, 2012 9:27 AM

    How’s this for irony from the interview with Howard Stern:

    “* Sapp cannot fathom putting a hit on a player that ends his career. “You don’t take turkey off a man’s table, Howard.” He cited the Lawrence Taylor-Joe Theismann hit that ended Theismann’s career, when it was Taylor who was the first who screamed for Redskins medical staff to treat Theismann. “You don’t ever want that feeling on your resume.” He said he saw three players in high school that were hurt so bad they never played football again and the memory of each shakes him to this day.”

    Chad Clifton says hello, Warren. As Mike Sherman said when he interrupted your post-game interview, “That was chicken [expletive], and you know it!”

  13. uwsptke says: Aug 22, 2012 9:28 AM

    billymc75 says:
    Aug 22, 2012 9:10 AM
    I think bill did fine without him, Sapp should be glad he didn’t end up in Cleveland


    Except he would have only played one year in Cleveland. We’d all remember him as a Baltimore Raven.

  14. guitarkevin says: Aug 22, 2012 10:22 AM

    Ray Lewis>Warren Sapp

  15. purpleguy says: Aug 22, 2012 10:58 AM

    Another reason Lombardi is now working the media rather than for an NFL team.

  16. backindasaddle says: Aug 23, 2012 2:26 AM

    Warren Sapp is a bankrupt moron trying to generate money without any concern, morals or values towards truth.

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