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Warren Sapp announces intention to donate brain for research

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Research regarding the impact of brain injuries in football and elsewhere will continue decades into the future, and one of the best defensive linemen in league history will be helping the effort.

Hall of Famer Warren Sapp announced in a video posted by ThePlayersTribune.com that he’ll be donating his brain for research aimed at understanding the effects of football. Upon his passing, the Concussion Legacy Foundation will study his brain for evidence and insights into trauma arising from years of playing football.

“I wanted this game to be better when I left than when I got into it,” Sapp said.

An email from former NFL running back Fred Willis became the catalyst for Sapp’s decision. Sapp explains in the video that the email that contained quotes from NFL owners.

“I mean down the line you could see it,” Sapp said. “‘There’s no correlation between football, CTE, suicides, and all these foolish stuff.’ I mean, where are you getting this information from and then spewing it out as if it’s fact?”

The fact is that Sapp played football at a time when things were a lot more rough and tumble than they now are.

“I remember those month-long training camps when we just banged and banged and hit, and it was who is tough?” Sapp said. “And misery loves company and all of the foolish sayings we used to say to each other. I mean, it was just bad. It was Neanderthals. We were dinosaurs. We were doing Oklahoma drills, bull in the ring, all the crazy stuff that was just about a tough guy. It wasn’t how much skills you had. It was just the bare bones of bone on bone, and that’s not what this game should be. It’s about skills.”

Sapp admitted that he’s having memory struggles at age 44.

“I had one of those silly memories,” Sapp said. “I used to call myself an elephant in the room. Never forget anything. Man, I wake up now and be like, ‘OK, what are we doing?’ Let me get the phone. I mean, with the reminders in the phones, it really helped me get through my day with appointments and different things that I have to do because it’s just, I just can’t remember anymore like I used to.Β And it’s from the banging we did as football players. We used to tackle them by the head, used to grab facemasks. We used to allow Deacon Jones to do the head slap. All of that was something that we had to take away from the game. We used to hit quarterbacks below the knees. Now, it’s the strike zone. Let’s keep making the game better.”

Sapp compared the changes that will come to the game in future years to the outlandish things he heard from players like Hall of Fame defensive back Willie Brown, who said players during his time smoke cigarettes and drank beer at halftime. Sapp hopes that, years from now, football players are similarly amazed by how things used to be.

Sapp also advocates a ban on tackle football for all kids who have yet to get to high school, so that brains can better develop.

“That’s the biggest thing,” Sapp said. “Make it safer for everyone involved. Let’s get the research, apply the knowledge. And let’s make it better for everyone.”

It’s what the league has been trying to do. While there are limits as to how safe it ever will be, efforts to minimize the kind of contact that can cause head trauma will go a long way toward reducing total concussions and hopefully ensure that men like Sapp won’t have memory issues in the mid-40s.

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103 Responses to “Warren Sapp announces intention to donate brain for research”
  1. gbbvan says: Jun 20, 2017 5:08 PM

    He’d have to pay me!

  2. ctiggs says: Jun 20, 2017 5:08 PM

    #nobodyhasitbetter

  3. maiphatdong says: Jun 20, 2017 5:09 PM

    we’ve run out of hamsters?

  4. flaccounibrow says: Jun 20, 2017 5:09 PM

    You need to have one to donate one…MOP (Most over-rated player) ever.

  5. agent7x6 says: Jun 20, 2017 5:09 PM

    Wasn’t this done about 10 years ago?

  6. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 20, 2017 5:13 PM

    What a fraud. You can’t give away something you don’t have….what a putz.

  7. vincespowersweep says: Jun 20, 2017 5:14 PM

    Does anybody really want to see whats inside Warren Sapp’s brain?

  8. drunkraider says: Jun 20, 2017 5:20 PM

    Im not even going to touch this one……its just to easy.

  9. diminishingskills says: Jun 20, 2017 5:22 PM

    Who could have predicted a strong correlation between neurofibrillary tangles and beta-amyloid deposits with stiffing hookers and buying million dollar nude art?

  10. milkcan44 says: Jun 20, 2017 5:23 PM

    That will be the shortest autopsy on record.

  11. umassdebatingteam says: Jun 20, 2017 5:24 PM

    Next week?

  12. wtfru2 says: Jun 20, 2017 5:26 PM

    What Brain?

  13. whywerule says: Jun 20, 2017 5:27 PM

    Let us hope he donates before week’s end.

  14. Joe Schmoe says: Jun 20, 2017 5:28 PM

    Let us know when you get one, Warren.

  15. bitw44 says: Jun 20, 2017 5:28 PM

    Has nothing to do with concussions.

    Scientists just want to know what the heck he has been thinking for years,

  16. ScrappyZoolander says: Jun 20, 2017 5:29 PM

    Can’t donate what you don’t have!

  17. thethunderofgunns says: Jun 20, 2017 5:31 PM

    He went in today to donate it, and they said, “You supposed to die first, dummy.” πŸ˜€

  18. mvp43 says: Jun 20, 2017 5:31 PM

    small sample

  19. rac2us says: Jun 20, 2017 5:32 PM

    Can he donate it Now ? lol

  20. maxtng says: Jun 20, 2017 5:34 PM

    Thanks for nothing!

  21. upyoursnfu says: Jun 20, 2017 5:37 PM

    These comments should be great

  22. rodgerstonelson says: Jun 20, 2017 5:37 PM

    Dude constantly has to find a way to stay in the news.

  23. rainsarge says: Jun 20, 2017 5:38 PM

    Why wait till after he dies its not like he’s using his brain now?

  24. aballinhighgrass says: Jun 20, 2017 5:38 PM

    I bet the scientists turn down the offer.

  25. thetwilightsown says: Jun 20, 2017 5:43 PM

    Sapp has been a nickname for Richard since day 1 – and he’s really kind of famous for consistently treating the fans (and various “vendors”) like garbage. He’ll be the last one to realize he’s only got himself to blame for people seeing this as little more than an attempt to spin his post career legacy to the positive. Some times, you just run out of chances.

  26. Flash1287 says: Jun 20, 2017 5:44 PM

    Soft ball headline

  27. joshgordonsbong says: Jun 20, 2017 5:45 PM

    Read headline, skipped story and went straight to the comments……..

  28. pauldeba says: Jun 20, 2017 5:52 PM

    As Bob Dylan would say “when you got nothing, you got nothing to lose”

  29. ibillwt says: Jun 20, 2017 5:53 PM

    It’s just too easy to go off on this moron’s brain. I’ll pass.

  30. jimjets says: Jun 20, 2017 5:58 PM

    Warren Sapp…brain….cue jokes on 1…2…3

  31. gwhite13 says: Jun 20, 2017 5:59 PM

    It’s too late, we already know what’s going on in there….nothing!

  32. Bubbalicious says: Jun 20, 2017 6:11 PM

    Where is he going to get one of those?

  33. grantgoodman93 says: Jun 20, 2017 6:13 PM

    He’s dead on with all of his points.

  34. Bubbalicious says: Jun 20, 2017 6:14 PM

    Whose the one guy doing the thumbs down? Warren is that you?

  35. mclennon99 says: Jun 20, 2017 6:20 PM

    Sapp has the only brain that even the zombies from Night of the Living Dead want no part of!!

  36. emphraser says: Jun 20, 2017 6:21 PM

    drunkraider
    Jun 20, 2017, 2:20 PM PDT
    Im not even going to touch this one……its just to easy.

    —————————————————————–

    Too…it’s just “too” easy. If you’re going take the time to infer someone is stupid you should take the time proof read.

    You lose.

  37. streetyson says: Jun 20, 2017 6:26 PM

    I expect the researchers would prefer a full-sized brain to study, and one that’s previously been in use.

  38. streetyson says: Jun 20, 2017 6:28 PM

    Anyway, he already donated it to long-term recreational drug research years ago.

  39. pbeddoe says: Jun 20, 2017 6:29 PM

    Bubbalicious says:
    Jun 20, 2017 6:14 PM
    Whose the one guy doing the thumbs down? Warren is that you?

    —–

    Some pretty funny comments, but this one is the best. Nice work Bubba!!

  40. drunkraider says: Jun 20, 2017 6:32 PM

    emphraser says:
    Jun 20, 2017 6:21 PM

    drunkraider
    Jun 20, 2017, 2:20 PM PDT
    Im not even going to touch this one……its just to easy.

    —————————————————————–

    Too…it’s just β€œtoo” easy. If you’re going take the time to infer someone is stupid you should take the time proof read.

    You lose.

    ———————
    you mean * If you’re going ( to ) take the time to infer someone * ?

    if your going to complain about somebodys spelling or gramer please proof read your own.

    U Lose.

  41. brassknuckles47 says: Jun 20, 2017 6:36 PM

    New Reality Show:
    What’s In Warrens Brain?”

  42. bos4ny3 says: Jun 20, 2017 6:37 PM

    Does Warren have to be dead or can this happen now? I don’t think he’d really miss it.

  43. poguemahonepft says: Jun 20, 2017 6:49 PM

    my goodness – that opens more comedy doors than I can even process…

  44. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jun 20, 2017 6:56 PM

    Warren Sapp wants to destroy the NFL. I guess he is still upset with how they’ve blackballed him.

  45. eddiea25 says: Jun 20, 2017 7:07 PM

    Warren what were your SAT scores?

  46. alonestartexan says: Jun 20, 2017 7:12 PM

    First thing the scientists will test for is that he actually has one.

  47. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says: Jun 20, 2017 7:13 PM

    Donating his brain to science? What a giving guy. Heck, he already donated a lot of money to those hookers he beat up.

  48. neuf1948 says: Jun 20, 2017 7:13 PM

    Will not add anything new… 1st time I actual wanted to read the comments than the article…LOL!!!

  49. sbh33 says: Jun 20, 2017 7:20 PM

    drunkraider says:
    Jun 20, 2017 6:32 PM
    emphraser says:
    Jun 20, 2017 6:21 PM

    drunkraider
    Jun 20, 2017, 2:20 PM PDT
    Im not even going to touch this one……its just to easy.

    —————————————————————–

    Too…it’s just β€œtoo” easy. If you’re going take the time to infer someone is stupid you should take the time proof read.

    You lose.

    β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”
    you mean * If you’re going ( to ) take the time to infer someone * ?

    if your going to complain about somebodys spelling or gramer please proof read your own.

    U Lose.
    ———————————-

    Proof read is actually one word. (proofread)
    …and what is gramer?

    We all lose.

  50. donbat67 says: Jun 20, 2017 7:26 PM

    Pretty small donation , I hope he doesn’t expect a tip .

  51. dregonspengler says: Jun 20, 2017 7:34 PM

    drunkraider says:
    you mean * If you’re going ( to ) take the time to infer someone * ?

    if your going to complain about somebodys spelling or gramer please proof read your own.

    —-
    “If you’re going to complain about somebody’s spelling and grammar, please proofread your own.”
    There, I fixed them all for you. Next time, please take your own advice.

  52. painsyndicate says: Jun 20, 2017 7:36 PM

    Warren’s baseline brain function has to be just slightly higher than a three-toed sloth. I don’t think they will find anything that could make that look worse.

  53. getout1 says: Jun 20, 2017 7:38 PM

    sbh33 says:
    Jun 20, 2017 7:20 PM
    drunkraider says:
    Jun 20, 2017 6:32 PM
    emphraser says:
    Jun 20, 2017 6:21 PM

    drunkraider
    Jun 20, 2017, 2:20 PM PDT
    Im not even going to touch this one……its just to easy.

    —————————————————————–

    Too…it’s just β€œtoo” easy. If you’re going take the time to infer someone is stupid you should take the time proof read.

    You lose.

    β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”
    you mean * If you’re going ( to ) take the time to infer someone * ?

    if your going to complain about somebodys spelling or gramer please proof read your own.

    U Lose.
    β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”-

    Proof read is actually one word. (proofread)
    …and what is gramer?

    We all lose.
    ———-
    WOW, that’s like Keystone Cops stuff right there, made my day…

  54. 12brichandfamous says: Jun 20, 2017 7:41 PM

    A few comments were funny. Sapp’s comments were thoughtful and I applaud his commitment to the future of the game and the kids playing it.

  55. canedaddy says: Jun 20, 2017 7:45 PM

    “… one of the best defensive linemen in league history …”

    TRUTH.

    Anyone who doesn’t recognize that fact is displaying his ignorance about the game.

  56. midnightcusk says: Jun 20, 2017 7:45 PM

    Somewhere Russ Hochstein is laughing…

  57. midnightcusk says: Jun 20, 2017 7:45 PM

    Somewhere Russ Hochstein is laughing. Again.

  58. kd75 says: Jun 20, 2017 8:04 PM

    Research to Sapp:
    “Eh. No thanks.”

  59. campcouch says: Jun 20, 2017 8:07 PM

    I was going to join the crowd and joke, but if he contributes one positive thing, good on him.

  60. zenoracledba says: Jun 20, 2017 8:18 PM

    Fascinating study this will be. Every other sample is a functioning brain that has suffered concussions playing football.

    Sapp’s brain will be a study on how a non-functioning brain is affected by concussions playing football !

  61. vikinganswer says: Jun 20, 2017 8:46 PM

    There was one?

  62. pryrates2020 says: Jun 20, 2017 8:52 PM

    Researcher: “We couldn’t find anything. At all.”

  63. Kelly's Chronicles says: Jun 20, 2017 8:53 PM

    You just can’t make this stuff up….

  64. seals1 says: Jun 20, 2017 9:34 PM

    Warren: Promising to give away your brain does not give you the right to be a bucket head with an excuse. Make smart choices Warren.

  65. mclennon99 says: Jun 20, 2017 9:52 PM

    “PAGING DR. HFUHRUHURR TO SURGERY PLEASE.
    DR. HFUHRUHURR TO
    SURGERY.”

  66. tommikula says: Jun 20, 2017 10:11 PM

    How can you donate what you do not have?

  67. cribbage12 says: Jun 20, 2017 10:27 PM

    Scrape off the white powder first.

  68. Packernet says: Jun 20, 2017 10:30 PM

    Welcome to old age. Easy to blame it on football. Wish I had that fallback.

  69. Packernet says: Jun 20, 2017 10:32 PM

    Is that what he told the hooker he beat up?

  70. charger383 says: Jun 20, 2017 10:41 PM

    Igor has been looking for a brain like his

    Abby Normal

  71. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 20, 2017 11:15 PM

    #fakenews

  72. xdolfan says: Jun 20, 2017 11:32 PM

    He won’t miss it.

  73. Deplorable Ernie says: Jun 20, 2017 11:56 PM

    Why not donate it now and do so good

  74. Deplorable Ernie says: Jun 20, 2017 11:58 PM

    Hey Sapp. You already did donate it dont you remember

  75. only1bucfan says: Jun 21, 2017 12:00 AM

    Then maybe we can understand why he is such a racist piece of s..t!!!!

  76. jtwp61 says: Jun 21, 2017 12:34 AM

    What will the researchers do with the other 23 hours 59 minutes and 45 seconds of the day?

  77. dejadoh says: Jun 21, 2017 12:43 AM

    Sapp was a talker, which favored him with the media. Are his numbers better than Sean Jones, Greg Townsend, Pat Swilling, Trace Armstrong, Neil Smith, Joey Porter, Jim Jeffcoat, Dexter Manley? I’d say no.

  78. steelchampions says: Jun 21, 2017 1:14 AM

    He knows he has to wait until he’s dead, right? Or did he already do it; which could explain a lot….

  79. hereiamjh says: Jun 21, 2017 1:21 AM

    I saw the headline… and skipped the whole article… Just to read the comments!! LOL

    Not sure if they’ll get much use out of it… HE hasn’t!!

  80. ron69 says: Jun 21, 2017 1:45 AM

    They’re gonna need a good microscope, anyone?

  81. drgreenstreak says: Jun 21, 2017 2:41 AM

    Donation collection begins tomorrow!

  82. darth3234 says: Jun 21, 2017 2:49 AM

    I’ve been meaning to buy one of those gag fake turds. I’m thinking this turds brain or sorry excuse for one, would do fine. The difference between his brain and a bucket of dog sheeiiite? The bucket!

    Once a Raider, always a Raider! But nope! Not this joke of a d bag.

  83. rtmus53 says: Jun 21, 2017 6:08 AM

    Shouldn’t be hard…all they will need for the surgery would be a 1/2″ drive impact drill to get thru that skull with a 1/2″ carbide tipped drill bit & some long tweezers. Then a shot glass to put the brain in.

  84. djcologne says: Jun 21, 2017 7:48 AM

    Even zombies wouldn’t eat Sapps brain….

  85. patriots123456 says: Jun 21, 2017 7:50 AM

    Where’s the “fall guy” Warren?

  86. gizzmonic says: Jun 21, 2017 7:55 AM

    paper weight… good condition very little usage

  87. araidersfan says: Jun 21, 2017 7:57 AM

    It’ll be difficult and probably a waste of time to attempt to analyze a brain that’s the size of a pea.

  88. icebergsimpson says: Jun 21, 2017 8:18 AM

    Great football player
    Horrible human

  89. wildturkey1o1 says: Jun 21, 2017 8:38 AM

    As Billy Preston says “Nothing from Nothing Leaves Nothing”

  90. tm81blog says: Jun 21, 2017 8:50 AM

    I thought he did that year ago!

  91. richndc says: Jun 21, 2017 8:50 AM

    If those quotes from him in the article were actually from him, he does have brain damage. Contrition? Sincerity? Maybe some “manager” gave him that crap to say to try and get him another big paying gig, so he can keep not paying his child support. A man takes care of his kids, period. It might be normal for many to default on helping support their own kids, why not, that’s what WIC and welfare is for right? A man does not try to fistfight an old man. A man takes responsibility for his life and his actions. Up to now, publicly, Warren has never done any of these things. The only reason he is not regarded in the same light as say, Albert Haynesworth, is because of his jovial attitude. At least Haynesworth owned being a pos. btw–telling the truth does not make me a “hater”.

  92. saxguru says: Jun 21, 2017 9:17 AM

    I’m reminded of the Dizzy Dean quote after taking a line drive to the noggin: “The doctors x-rayed my head and found nothing.”

  93. electricboogalo says: Jun 21, 2017 9:21 AM

    What are the researching, the common traits of the dirtiest players in NFL history? #overrated

  94. wrongnessmaximus says: Jun 21, 2017 9:29 AM

    Next step, he plans to indicate that he wouldn’t have lost all his money if not for the brain damage that his employer caused and sue. This may be the first smart move he’s made.

  95. RegisHawk says: Jun 21, 2017 9:31 AM

    Sapp admitted that he’s having memory struggles at age 44.

    …like when he can’t remember if he paid that hooker or not.

    In other news, the lab has respectfully turned down Sapp’s offer, citing the overstock of door-stops they already have.

  96. saxguru says: Jun 21, 2017 9:32 AM

    We should get Chad Clifton to do the extraction. He just might enjoy that.

  97. mbg8977 says: Jun 21, 2017 9:38 AM

    So many good jokes with this headline. Don’t know where to begin.

  98. cubancigar10 says: Jun 21, 2017 10:27 AM

    The doctors will be performing microscopic surgery.

  99. noringcircus says: Jun 21, 2017 12:31 PM

    The jokes just write themselves. I’m not even going to try.

  100. pftmaniac says: Jun 21, 2017 4:07 PM

    Brett Favre used to rent space in Warren Sapp’s head, maybe we should ask him what’s in there.

  101. cornerblitz says: Jun 21, 2017 5:38 PM

    Who really wants to study what makes an egomaniac child-man tick anyway?

  102. steeler43 says: Jun 22, 2017 10:03 PM

    This is the most sense Warren Sapp has ever made.

  103. LionsPride69 says: Jun 23, 2017 9:55 AM

    Small donation Warren, not even tax deductible.

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