CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Warren Sapp has become the second Tampa Bay Buccaneer to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 18 years after Lee Roy Selmon was enshrined.
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Sapp was elected in his first year of eligibility following 13 seasons in which he went from instant starter after being selected 12th overall in the 1995 draft to Defensive Player of the Year in 1999. That season, he had 12 1/2 sacks as the Bucs won their first division title in 18 years. For his career, Sapp had 96 1/2 sacks, extremely high for a defensive tackle.
Presented Saturday night by his 15-year-old daughter, Mercedes, Sapp joined Tampa Bay's greatest player in the hall after making seven Pro Bowls and being selected an All-Pro four times. He also played four seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
He made the NFL's All-Decade squads for the 1990s and the 2000s.