Happy, positive Warren Sapp enters Hall of Fame with gratitude

AP

It’s no secret that former NFL defensive tackle Warren Sapp has a Jekyll-and-Hyde reputation within media circles.  By Mr. Hyde stayed home on Saturday night as Dr. Jekyll took the center stage in Canton and joined the immortals.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, and I will definitely need him tonight to finish this,” Sapp said at the outset of his speech.

What ensued was a thankful, gracious, magnanimous, and relatively short presentation in which Sapp acknowledged family, teammates, coaches, owners, and his current and former on-air colleagues.

He was giddy at times, especially when pointing out that he’s now wearing a gold jacket, punctuating the thought with an “oh my goodness!”

Sapp concluded with an emotional tribute to his ex-wife.

“Baby, you held me up when nobody else would,” Sapp said, his voice cracking and straining.  “I want to thank you.  You’re my backbone.  All the thanks.  You took care of me.  I want to say I love you and I thank you.”

Earlier in his remarks, Sapp paid tribute to another important woman in his life.

“I never played this game to get to the Hall of Fame,” Sapp said.  “I played this game to retire my mother.”

While it’s unlikely that Sapp’s Mr. Hyde also has been retired, Dr. Jekyll slammed it out of the park on Saturday night.

45 responses to “Happy, positive Warren Sapp enters Hall of Fame with gratitude

  1. He should also apologize to Packers OT Chad Clifton for the ridiculous cheap shot after a turnover. And then for wanting to fight Mike Sherman, head coach of the Packers post-game. Really classy, Warren.

  2. He’s a two faced scum bag. Who could play the game better than most. But still a terrible human being.

  3. New respect for Sapp. Great speech. His story of how he got here is great. Loved the recrutuiting story of drive until it gets dark then you’ll see the sign “Girls, Girls” and I live behind that sign.

  4. Also, Warren, your bust is butt ugly. I hope you find yourself broke in two years at my doorstep, so I can kick you in the chest.

  5. Didn’t watch it. Did the mouth from the south acknowldge Chad Clifton for nearly ending his career w/a legal yet dirty and now banned hit? Did he bring a jersey for Mike Sherman, he coordinates the Dolphins offense now.

  6. Enjoy it Warren only a matter of time before Suh is inducted as the greatest DT of all time. Until then keep running your mouth. Congrats though

  7. I finally visited Pittsburgh a while back and realized why there are so many steeler fans throughout the country. What an awful city. I guess all of their fans moved out of that s hole

  8. packersownthenorth says:
    Aug 3, 2013 10:21 PM
    He should also apologize to Packers OT Chad Clifton for the ridiculous cheap shot after a turnover. And then for wanting to fight Mike Sherman, head coach of the Packers post-game. Really classy, Warren.
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    Chad Clifton should apologize to Chad Clifton for having lived.

  9. Congrats to the big man. Such a great speech, he deserves it with the way he played. First ballot, you can’t deny he played the game at another level.

    Chad Clifton should play until the whistle.

  10. packersownthenorth says:
    Aug 3, 2013 10:21 PM
    He should also apologize to Packers OT Chad Clifton for the ridiculous cheap shot after a turnover. And then for wanting to fight Mike Sherman, head coach of the Packers post-game. Really classy, Warren.

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    Dude…let it go. It is well known that on a turnover players were told to keep their heads on a swivel. This kind of play happened for decades and no one complained. Chad Clifton got caught looking the other way and got punished. Were do you think the term blindside came from?

    The rule has been changed and the wussification of football is at hand. Get over it!!!

  11. No way on earth that this guy deserved to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Shameful time for the Hall.

  12. I wasn’t a big Warren Sapp fan when he played, but tonight he did great. Loved the speech. And youarejealousof6rings, how much of a db are you?

  13. All the perfect people on here slamming WS; dude was a beast and deserves to be in the HOF…

    Congrats! Now try to keep this positive perspective…

  14. Maybe Clifton should pay attention on the field and Sherman initiated the conversation with Sapp.

  15. I don’t get why NFL-SPN force feeds this shart stain to their audience. The only reason I watched was because I knew he’d make an ass of himself. I wasn’t disappointed. If his high school coach was so important to him why wasn’t he there? If him and Dennis Erickson were so close why wasn’t he there? Finally.. It was pathetic watching him trying to force tears as he gave a shout out to his baby mama..

  16. Hey any one who played competitive spoorts appreciate he’s playing and and last I check off the field can’t complain. Great job Zapp and anyways it’s all about the U baby fright!!!

  17. Warren Sapp is supose to go to the HOF for taking out a packer. that play felt good. when Sapp hit that bum I jumped up and said BOOM!!
    he cut him in half. GOOD HIT!!

  18. There are more than a handful of retired nfl players that should have gone before Sapp did. It just feels too early for Sapp to be elected.

  19. I was at the ceremony last night. Congratulations Warren. You were our player and a heck of a player you were. Had a great time in the city of Canton. I will be back next year when Derrick Brooks gets in.

  20. Kind of like JJ Watt’s season last year should automatically put him in contention, Warren’s season in 1999 alone put him in contention for HOF. May be the best season a DT has ever had. Again, NFC championship game with Shaun King at QB. Score against the “greatest show on turf” was 6-5 in the 4th quarter. And Sapp was the most important player.

  21. Sapp before Tom Flores, the first Hispanic to coach and win TWO Super Bowls??!!?? Are faqhin serious??!??
    Wow!

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