Warren Sapp

Warren Carlos Sapp (born December 19, 1972) is a former American football defensive tackle. A Hall of Famer, Sapp played college football for the University of Miami, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American and won multiple awards. Sapp played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1995 to 2007 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders, making the Pro Bowl seven times. Following Sapp's NFL career, he was an analyst on NFL Network until 2015.

Sapp was drafted by the Buccaneers in the 1995 NFL Draft as the 12th overall pick. In his nine seasons with the Buccaneers, he earned seven trips to the Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl ring in 2002. He moved to the Raiders in 2004. His 96.5 career sacks (100 with playoffs included) are the second-highest career sacks for a defensive tackle and the 28th-highest overall for a defensive lineman. His 77 sacks with the Buccaneers are the second-most in the team's history to Lee Roy Selmon's 78.5.

His career was checkered by controversy from his hard-hitting style of play and occasional verbal outbursts, both on the field and off, some of which resulted in fines by the league, and he was once ejected from a game for unsportsmanlike conduct.

In his first year of eligibility, on February 2, 2013, he was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[1] The Buccaneers entered him into their Ring of Honor on November 11, 2013, and retired his number 99 jersey. Sapp became the second Buccaneer to have his jersey retired, after Selmon.[2]

Warren Sapp
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Warren Sapp on the set of NFL Network in 2010
No. 99
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:December 19, 1972 (age 46)
Plymouth, Florida
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school:Apopka (Apopka, Florida)
College:Miami (FL)
NFL Draft:1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played / started:198 / 188
Tackles:573
Sacks:96.5
Forced fumbles:19
Interceptions:4
Total touchdowns:3
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Sapp was born in Orlando, Florida, and raised in Plymouth, Florida, by a single mother.[3] During the late 1980s, he was honored for outstanding football play at Apopka High School in Apopka, Florida at linebacker, tight end, place-kicker and punter.[4] He holds school records for sacks, tackles for a loss, and longest field goal. A two- sport athlete in high school, he also played third base on the baseball team and hit a school record 24 home runs his junior year for the Blue Darters. In high school football, his hard tackle of Johnny Damon in a game against Dr. Phillips High School team gave the future major league baseball star a concussion.

In 2007, Sapp was named to the Florida High School Association All-Century Team comprising the top 33 players in a hundred years of high school football in his home state.

College career

Warren [Sapp] has the power of a Cortez Kennedy and the quickness of a Russell Maryland.
— former University of Miami defensive tackle Mark Caesar.[5]

Many top nationally ranked college football programs recruited Sapp, who chose the University of Miami. Converted to defensive lineman while there, he won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (for best defensive player), the Rotary Lombardi Award (for best lineman or linebacker) and the Bill Willis Award (for best defensive lineman), all in 1994.

Awards and honors

Professional career

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Sapp (during his tenure with the Bucs) visits members of the US Navy.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After his illustrious college football career at the University of Miami as a defensive standout, Sapp was drafted into the NFL by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1995 draft (as the 12th pick overall). Analysts at the time thought he would be drafted much higher, but partially due to reports of multiple failed cocaine and marijuana tests released the night before the draft many teams passed on him. The NFL released a statement strongly denying the rumors, and Sapp today[6] believes an anonymous snitch had intentionally sabotaged his draft chances. Three years later (in 1998), he signed a contract extension paying $36 million over six years.[3] He ran the fastest time in the 40-yard dash for a defensive tackle (4.69 sec). He was almost immediately given the starting job as Buccaneer right defensive tackle which he held for his entire nine-year stay in Tampa. He finished his rookie season with 27 tackles and one interception and continued to be a prolific, intimidating tackler for the Buccaneers, (51 tackles and nine sacks in 1996, 58 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 1997). His Pro Bowl selection in 1997 was the first of seven straight, and he was honored as NFL Defensive Player of the year in 1999.

He flourished in the Bucs' aggressive Tampa 2 defense, which allowed him to put his devastating combination of size and speed to good use. He disrupted the opposition's offense even when double- or even triple-teamed on the line.[7]

In 2002, Sapp helped lead a powerful Tampa Bay team to victory in Super Bowl XXXVII over the Oakland Raiders. He made five tackles and two sacks during that 2002-2003 postseason, and was a key component in the league-leading Buccaneer defense.

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Sapp during his time with the Raiders.

Oakland Raiders

In 2004, Sapp was reportedly interested in accepting a contract offer from the Cincinnati Bengals for four years worth US $16 million, but on March 20 he announced he had agreed to terms on a seven-year, $36.6 million contract with the Oakland Raiders, the same team he had routed in the Super Bowl in early 2003.[3]

He started all 16 games in his first season in Oakland, splitting time at defensive end and defensive tackle, recording 30 tackles (18 solo) and 2.5 sacks and recovering two fumbles[8] after having lost an estimated 20 pounds before joining the Raiders for the 2004 season.

His 2005 season got off to a great beginning back in his familiar defensive tackle position. He started the first ten games of the season with 29 tackles (26 of them solo), and finished second on the team to Derrick Burgess with five sacks[8] before being sidelined for the last six games of 2005 with a shoulder injury.

He returned to his All-Pro form in 2006. He had 10 sacks to go along with 32 tackles (16 solo) and one forced fumble.

He lost 49 lb before the 2007 season, and recorded 37 tackles (24 solo), 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

On January 3, 2008, Sapp told Raider owner Al Davis over the phone that he would retire[9] and confirmed this on his website qbkilla.com in just two words: "I'M DONE!"[10] The retirement became official on March 4, 2008.[11]

Legacy

Sapp HOF jerseys
Sapp jerseys shown at Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.

At the time of his retirement, Sapp was one of only twelve defensive players in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl, be named Defensive Player of the Year and win a Super Bowl or pre-Super-Bowl NFL title. The others are Mean Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, Mel Blount, Lester Hayes, Mike Singletary, Lawrence Taylor, Bob Sanders, Deion Sanders, Reggie White, Ray Lewis, Rod Woodson, and Sapp's former teammate, Derrick Brooks. Michael Strahan, James Harrison, Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu, Charles Woodson, and Terrell Suggs have since joined the list. He is now considered to be the prototype three-technique defensive tackle, and ever since his retirement NFL teams scouting defensive tackles have reportedly been looking for a "Baby Sapp."[7] He was selected to seven Pro Bowls, was named a first-team All-Pro four times and a second-team All-Pro twice, voted to the 1990s and 2000s All-Decade Teams, and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors after a 12.5-sack season in 1999.

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
G GS Comb Total Ast Sacks FF FR Yds Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
1995 TB 16 8 26 16 10 3.0 1 0 0 1 5 5 5 1 5
1996 TB 15 14 51 41 10 9.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 TB 15 15 58 47 11 10.5 2 1 23 0 0 0 0 0 2
1998 TB 16 16 44 28 16 7.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
1999 TB 15 15 41 27 14 12.5 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2000 TB 16 15 52 43 9 16.5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2001 TB 16 16 36 28 8 6.0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 TB 16 16 47 40 7 7.5 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 4
2003 TB 15 15 43 36 7 5.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2004 OAK 16 16 42 30 12 2.5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 OAK 10 10 32 29 3 5.0 1 0 0 1 3 3 3 0 3
2006 OAK 16 16 47 32 15 10.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2007 OAK 16 16 50 37 13 2.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 198 188 569 434 135 96.5 19 12 23 4 8 2 5 1 29

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Controversies

Mike Sherman confrontation

On November 24, 2002, at Raymond James Stadium, Sapp was strongly criticized for a blindsided hit on the Green Bay Packers' Chad Clifton. The hit occurred during a Buccaneer interception return, when Sapp hit Clifton as the latter was jogging downfield, away from the main action. The hit inflicted a severe pelvic injury[13] and hospitalizing Clifton for almost a week, after which he could not walk unaided for the next five weeks. In 2005, the NFL Competition Committee agreed on new guidelines for "unnecessary roughness", making hits such as Sapp's on Clifton illegal.

In an exchange caught by television cameras following the game, Packer coach Mike Sherman approached Sapp and said to him, "That was a chickenshit play."[14] In response, Sapp screamed at Sherman: "You talk tough? Put a jersey on!"[13] Sapp later called Sherman "a lying, shit-eating hound. ... If I was 25 years old and didn't have a kid and a conscience, I would have given him an ass-kicking right there at the 30-yard line."[13] Sherman later added, "The joviality that existed after [the hit] when a guy's lying on the ground, with numbness in his legs and fingers, I just thought that wasn't appropriate for any NFL player."[14]

The skipping incidents

During pregame warmups for the December 23, 2002 Monday Night Football game at Raymond James Stadium, Sapp skipped among the Pittsburgh Steelers as they warmed up. Steeler running back Jerome Bettis shoved him, touching off a heated argument between the two teams. Sapp was not fined for the incident, but it added to his controversial image and he felt he had been made an example by the NFL by being fined for a second Monday night skipping incident (described below). "That's all this is about," said Sapp. "In my nine years in this league, no one's been fined for verbally abusing officials. It's unprecedented."[15] The Buccaneers had been earlier ridiculed by Steelers' Lee Flowers as being "paper champions." Despite losing to the Steelers in that nationally televised contest, Sapp and the Buccaneers went on to win Super Bowl XXXVII five weeks later.

In 2003, during a Monday Night Football game against the Indianapolis Colts on October 6, Sapp was scolded for skipping through and disrupting the Colts, who were spread out on the field stretching during warmups. Much anticipation and national interest going into the game had been generated by the return of former head coach Tony Dungy to Tampa. The Colts wound up erasing a 21-point deficit in the final four minutes and defeating the Buccaneers 38-35 in overtime, sending the defending champions into a downslide.

The next Sunday, October 12, 2003, before the Buccaneers took on the Washington Redskins, Sapp, while running onto the field, bumped into an NFL referee and drew a $50,000 fine. His response: "It's a slave system. Make no mistake about it. Slavemaster say you can't do it, don't do it. They'll make an example out of you."[16]

Ejection for unsportsmanlike conduct

On December 23, 2007, Sapp got ejected after an altercation with the officials near the end of the second quarter of the Raiders' game at Jacksonville.[17] The incident began when linesman Jerry Bergman mistakenly assumed that the Raiders would decline a ten-yard Jaguar penalty. Sapp, the defensive captain, shot back at referee Jerome Boger, that the Raiders wanted to accept the penalty. The conversation became heated, with Sapp gesturing and swearing, provoking Boger to flag him for unsportsmanlike conduct. But Sapp and the rest of the Raider defense continued to mouth off at the officials, resulting in a second unsportsmanlike against Sapp and a third unsportsmanlike against teammate Derrick Burgess. Finally, the coaches ran onto the field and, along with the officials, began physically separating the disgruntled players. Boger claimed that Sapp had "bumped" him in the process, while Sapp denied any physical contact. In any event, Boger then levied a third unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Sapp (fourth against the team) and ejected him. The league eventually fined him $75,000, and Burgess $25,000 (i.e., $25,000 for each unsportsmanlike penalty).[18]

Personal life

In January 1998, Sapp married Jamiko Vaughn. The couple had two children, daughter Mercedes in 1998 and Warren Carlos II in 2000.[19]

Activities

Sapp, Devin Bush and a developer created an Urban Solutions Group in 2006 to construct low-income housing in Fort Pierce, Florida. The PNC Bank loaned the group money, but by 2008 the real estate market tanked and the project ended in failure.[3]

On August 19, 2008, Sapp was hired as a studio analyst for Inside the NFL on Showtime, a position he held until 2011.[20]

In the fall of 2008, Sapp appeared as a contestant on the seventh season of Dancing With The Stars.[21] Sapp's partner for the competition was professional dancer Kym Johnson; the pair made it to the finals where they were eventually named runner-up of season 7.[22]

He made his stand-up comedy debut at the Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy on March 16, 2009.[23]

He worked for NFL Network as an analyst featured on NFL Total Access and NFL GameDay Morning until he was fired in 2015 following his arrest for solicitation. In the summer of 2012 he released a book titled Sapp Attack through St. Martins Publishing.[3]

In June 2012, Sapp teamed up with the NOC (Network Of Champions), a YouTube premium content channel, to produce a TV show series called "Judge Sapp".[24]. He also participated in Fox's dating game show The Choice.[25]

In January 2013, Sapp worked with Dr. Jonathan Greenburg to raise awareness about the importance of getting tested and treated for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.[26]

He was also a celebrity judge on the second season of the reality show BBQ Pitmasters.[27]

On July 27, 2016, Sapp was bitten by a shark while lobstering off the coast of Florida.[28]

Legal troubles

On February 7, 2010, Sapp was arrested in South Florida and charged with domestic battery while in Florida as an analyst for the NFL Network's coverage of Super Bowl XLIV, but following the arrest the NFL Network cancelled his appearance.[29] On March 24, however, the charges against Sapp were dropped.

On February 2, 2015, the day after Super Bowl XLIX, Sapp was arrested on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute and assault. Later that day it was revealed Sapp's contract had been terminated by the NFL Network.[30] In May 2015 the charges were dismissed.[31]

Bankruptcy

In 2010, PNC bank was awarded a judgment of $988,691.99, and in December 2011 filed a monthly lien of $33,333 against Sapp's $45,000 NFL Network paycheck. He also owed the Internal Revenue Service $853,003 from income in 2006 and $89,775 for 2010. He was $876,000 behind on alimony and child support for his former spouse, owed $68,738 for unpaid property taxes in Windermere and owed money to attorneys, friends and a speech therapist as well.[3]

On April 7, 2012, the Associated Press reported that Sapp had filed for bankruptcy in an effort to discharge debt from failed businesses. In these Chapter 7 filings, he claimed to have lost his University of Miami championship rings and his Buccaneer Super Bowl ring. The balance in his checking and savings accounts was said to be less than $1,000. He claimed no credit card debt and owns no automobiles, but owes National Car Rental $90,685 through his business, Nine-Nine LLC.[3] Court filings indicated Sapp's assets totaled $6.45 million against a debt of $6.7 million. His monthly income was reported as $115,861.[32] On November 1, 2012, Sapp's 10,000-square-foot house in Windermere was auctioned off and sold for $2.9 million.[33][34]

References

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  34. ^ "Past Successes | Fisher Auction Company". Fisherauction.com. February 4, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2015.

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Awards and achievements
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Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 7 (Fall 2008 with Kym Johnson)
Succeeded by
Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke
1994 Miami Hurricanes football team

The 1994 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1994 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Hurricanes' 69th season of football and 4th as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hurricanes were led by sixth-year head coach Dennis Erickson and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 10–2 overall and 7–0 in the Big East to finish as conference champion. They were invited to the Orange Bowl, which served as the Bowl Coalition National Championship Game, where they lost to Nebraska, 24-17.

1995 NFL Draft

The 1995 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 22–23, 1995 at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. At the time of the draft, the Raiders were still based in Los Angeles. They would officially return to Oakland after a 13-year hiatus in July 1995. Additionally, the former Los Angeles Rams had gotten approval to move to St. Louis shortly before the draft on April 13 (they would return to Los Angeles in 2016). The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

There were 32 picks in the first round of this draft as the two expansion teams each received two extra picks between the first and second rounds. The Carolina Panthers, having selected second in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft, were awarded the first overall pick in this draft and the Jacksonville Jaguars, having picked first in the expansion draft, selected second. The Panthers, however, traded their number one pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for the Bengals' fifth overall pick and their fourth pick in the second round. The Panthers were also stripped of two later supplemental picks, numbers 61 and 191, for improperly recruiting the Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator, Dom Capers, as their Head Coach.This marked only the third time to date in NFL History that two Hall of Fame players were selected by the same team in the same round (the other being the Bears in 1965 draft and the Ravens in the 1996 NFL Draft.) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Warren Sapp with the 12th overall pick and Derrick Brooks with the 28th overall pick. The two future Hall of Famers would go on to lead a strong defense which contributed heavily to the win in Super Bowl XXXVII.

1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 20th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on a 6–10 season in 1994, a season in which the team won 4 straight games at the end of the year, and four of their final five. It was Sam Wyche’s final season as the team's head coach.

This was the final year the Buccaneers team wore screen printed name and numbers on the jerseys

Prior to the season Malcolm Glazer took over ownership of the team, then the Bucs drafted defensive lineman Warren Sapp and linebacker Derrick Brooks, both of whom are recognized as two of the team's greatest ever players. The Buccaneers' first-ever draft pick, Lee Roy Selmon, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the team's 21st in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on a 7–9 season in 1995. It was the first season for first-time head coach Tony Dungy.

The 1996 Buccaneers season would be a turning point for the franchise, as the team began to acquire the personnel that would lead it into its most successful era.

The 1996 season also marked the debut year the team wore stitched up authentic name and numbers on jersey and the final year the Buccaneers wore their trademark orange and white uniforms.

1998 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 1998 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 23rd season in the National Football League and their first season in Raymond James Stadium.

Following their breakthrough 1997 season, the Bucs finished 8–8 and missed the postseason; nonetheless they were the only team to beat the Minnesota Vikings during the regular season. In Week 17, they recorded the biggest road win in their history against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The season was marked by close losses in which touchdowns had been called back due to referee error.

1999 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 1999 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 24th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on an 8–8 season. Rookie Shaun King replaced the injured and inconsistent Trent Dilfer late in the season. King helped rebound the team to their first NFC Central title in 18 years. The team won 10 out of 12 games at one point in the season, including a franchise-record six game winning streak. The defensive side dominated the team, nine times holding opponents to 10 or fewer points. However, offensive output while adequate, was often unspectacular - case in point, a 6–3 win over Chicago in October.

The team won their first divisional playoff game since 1979, advancing to the conference championship. Leading 6–5 late in the NFC Championship game against the Rams, the Buccaneers lost the lead after a late Ricky Proehl touchdown. With less than a minute remaining, a controversial instant replay reversal of a catch by Bert Emanuel foiled their hopes at an upset victory and a trip to Super Bowl XXXIV.

2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 26th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on an 11–5 season from 1999. Shaun King, who took over the quarterback position as a rookie midway through the 1999 season, became the full-time starter for 2000. In April, the Buccaneers acquired wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson via a trade from the Jets. It was a highly publicized transaction, which made Johnson the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL, and increased expectations for the club.

In Week 16, the Buccaneers won one of the more notable games in the history of Monday Night Football against the St. Louis Rams. It was a rematch of the previous season's NFC Championship Game. However, instead of the defensive struggle of the previous meeting, it was a 38-35 shootout with the Bucs prevailing and clinching a wild card spot.

In the final week of the regular season, the Buccaneers faced Green Bay, with the NFC Central title on the line. With a victory at Lambeau Field, the Buccaneers were poised to win the division, and secure a first round bye for the playoffs. After a rally to tie the game in the fourth quarter, kicker Martin Gramatica missed a game-winning field goal attempt at the end of regulation. The Buccaneers lost the game in overtime, and failed to win the division. The dejected club fell to the #5 seed, and was routed by Philadelphia in the Wild Card Game, 21-3.

2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 28th season in the National Football League. The season began with the team trying to defend its Super Bowl XXXVII title of 2002. Despite high expectations, several last-minute losses led to locker room tension and front-office struggles. The Buccaneers finished 7–9, and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1998.

The season started out on a positive note, as the Buccaneers defeated their bitter rival from the three previous postseasons, the Philadelphia Eagles. It was the first game in Lincoln Financial Field, and with a 17–0 shutout victory, it appeared Tampa Bay had picked up right where they had left off the season before. Their home opener against Carolina in week 2 was a disappointment, however, as special teams woes thwarted what would have been a game-winning touchdown as time expired. The go-ahead extra point was blocked, and Tampa Bay lost in overtime. The worst was yet to come, however, in week 5. The team blew a 35–14 lead in the final four minutes and lost to the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football, the night that former coach Tony Dungy returned to Tampa. The team began to unravel, both on the field and off the field, with injuries piling up, and locker room tensions mounting.

Combined with the Oakland Raiders’ dismal 4–12 performance, neither Super Bowl team reached the playoffs that year. This situation would not happen again until the 2016 season when both the Broncos and the Panthers, the two Super Bowl contenders for the 2015 season, would miss the playoffs. As of 2018, this is the most recent season that the super bowl champion to have a losing record following the super bowl.

BBQ Pitmasters

BBQ Pitmasters is an American reality television series which follows barbecue cooks as they compete for cash and prizes in barbecue cooking competitions.

The series premiered on TLC on December 3, 2009. The eight-episode first season was filmed in a docu-reality format as it followed several competing BBQ teams around the country to various BBQ contests.

Season two premiered on August 12, 2010 at 10 pm EDT featuring a completely new competition game show-based format. Each week, four teams competed against each other. Challenges included common protein and more exotic meat. Weekly winners faced off against each other in the second season finale as they vied for $100,000 and the Kingsford Cup. The judges for the second season were Myron Mixon, Art Smith, and Warren Sapp. Kevin Roberts served as host.On January 29, 2012, Myron Mixon confirmed on his Facebook account for Jack's Old South that filming for Season 3 would start in March. On April 4, 2012, it was announced that Season 3 would air on Destination America, which is a rebranded version of the Planet Green channel that launched on May 26, 2012.On May 26, 2014, Destination America debuted a preview of their new TV series named BBQ Pit Wars. The episode first aired in May 31, 2014. This new reality show uses the old docu-reality format of BBQ Pitmasters season 1 (many viewers had voiced their preference for this format on the channel's website), in which Myron Mixon is one of the team competitors rather than a BBQ judge. Along with Stump McDowell of Stump’s BBQ, Moe Cason of Ponderosa BBQ, and Michael Character of Character BBQ, the four teams compete in regional BBQ championships around the nation, for prizes, and bragging rights to be named the master of BBQ.

Buccaneers–Panthers rivalry

The Buccaneers–Panthers rivalry is between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers.The two teams met for the first time in 1995 when the Panthers were an expansion team. In 2002, due to league-wide reorganization, the teams were moved into the newly formed NFC South division, and have played each other twice a year since then--once each at the Bucs' Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and the Panthers' Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The matchup immediately became popular, and by many accounts intensified into a heated rivalry starting in 2003.The two teams have yet to meet during the playoffs, and cannot play each other during the preseason under current NFL rules.

The annual games have been described by observers as "physical" and numerous players have suffered season-ending injuries. Among the most serious was Chris Simms, who suffered a ruptured spleen in 2006 and Kavika Pittman who suffered a career-ending knee injury. Return specialist Clifton Smith suffered concussions in both games in 2009, the first from a high hit by Dante Wesley, who was subsequently ejected and suspended for one game. In addition to hard-hitting play, considerable off-the-field squabbles and verbal skirmishes have provided bulletin board material, including a brouhaha between Brentson Buckner and Warren Sapp as well as the arrest of two Panthers cheerleaders in a Tampa-area bar.

Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 7)

Season seven of Dancing with the Stars premiered on September 22, 2008 as a part of ABC's fall 2008 line-up. Instead of 12 couples like previous seasons, this was the first season to showcase a lineup of 13 couples. This season also introduced four new dances: the hustle, the salsa, the jitterbug, and the west coast swing, as well as Team Dancing. Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris return as the show's hosts. Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba continue as the judges this season, with Michael Flatley having appeared temporarily as a guest judge for Len Goodman during week six.

Only three 30s were given out this season, and all were given to the winner, Brooke Burke: once for her foxtrot in week seven, once for her freestyle in the finals, and once for her repeated favorite dance, the Viennese waltz, also in the finals. This is the second season (the other being season 1) where all perfect 30s were given to one person.

The official cast announcement was made on the morning of August 25, 2008 on Good Morning America. This is the third season to have its cast announced on GMA.

Derrick Alexander (defensive end)

Derrick Alexander (born November 13, 1973) is a former defensive end/defensive tackle who played for the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was drafted from Florida State University in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft ahead of such big names as Hugh Douglas and Warren Sapp.After Alexander retired, he worked in the front office for the Cleveland Browns for several years. Alexander was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 2007. From 2011 to 2013 he was the head football coach at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School in Spring Hill, Florida.

Dinavon Bythwood

Dinavon Bythwood (born May 23, 1967 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and also known by his music industry moniker “X1”, is an American Music Executive, Pop Music record producer and songwriter. Bythwood is also a former American professional football player who was an NFL free agent acquisition by the Cleveland Browns. A 6”4, 255 lb Defensive End, Bythwood played at the University of Miami where he received his Bachelors in Business Administration and was also a NCAA Collegiate Football National Champion in 1991 as was determined by the AP Poll. From 1991 to 1994 Bythwood played alongside notable teammates Actor Dwayne Johnson, 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee Warren Sapp and future NFL Hall of Famer, Super Bowl Champion Ray Lewis. Bythwood currently resides in Miami, Florida and has a son Brandin Mikel, born April 8, 1995.

Karl Williams

Karl Williams (born April 10, 1971 in Albion, Michigan) is an American former football player. He was a successful wide receiver and punt/kick returner who played professional football for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals in the National Football League; as well as the Tampa Bay Storm in the Arena Football League. Signed by Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent out of small school Texas A&M-Kingsville; Karl Williams retired as the all-time Buccaneers leader in punt return yardage (2,565) and punt return touchdowns (5) across 8 seasons with the club; records that still stand today.

Despite Williams' success in the NFL, he said, “From the first time I stepped on a football field, everybody told me I couldn’t do it. It seems like every year I found a way to prove everybody wrong. If you say I can’t do it I’m going to prove you wrong.” Williams overcame playing college ball at a virtually unknown school (Texas A&M Kingsville), a small frame (5 foot 10, 177 pounds), and going undrafted by NFL teams. Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy brought him on as an undrafted free agent in 1996. Williams said about these early years in the NFL, “I remember those last phone calls when they were making the final cuts my rookie year. It was me and Jeff Gooch, and we were sitting around waiting for that phone call. We called it the Grim Reaper. Everyone was packing up and getting ready to go home and we were still waiting. Then they came around and said ‘Did you get the call? No? Then you’re good.’ I remember Jeff and I just falling back and saying, ‘Yeah!’” As an NFL rookie he established himself as Tampa Bay’s primary kick and punt return man by the end of the season. He earned the NFC’s Special Team’s Player of the Month award for December that first year in 1996. Williams parlayed his success as a return man into more reps as a wide-receiver. His 1997 campaign was his best ever at wideout; he achieved 486 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns in that role, his best season at the position. Williams also continued to be a successful punt return specialist, and was picked as a candidate to end the Bucs’ kickoff-return drought. The team had never returned a kick for a touchdown in its 30-year history. However, the majority of Williams' success concerned return punts and not on kickoffs; and the team would not return a kick until Michael Spurlock did so in 2007. Although he was not successful at kickoffs, Williams scored with some regularity as a punt-returner, recording one touchdown each in the 1996 and 1997 seasons as well as one each year from 2000-2002. At the end of the 2002 season he achieved the game’s highest honor by becoming a Super Bowl Champion. A member of the first and only championship Tampa Bay squad; Williams’ Bucs were led by Hall of Famers linebacker Derrick Brooks and defensive tackle Warren Sapp on defense, and game-manager quarterback Brad Johnson on offense. Behind head coach Jon Gruden, the Buccaneers went 12-4 during the regular season, defeated their chief rivals the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship game, and dominated the Super Bowl against the Oakland Raiders, winning 48-21 to bring the Lombardi Trophy to the Tampa Bay area. Williams left Tampa Bay after the following season and signed with the Arizona Cardinals, playing one year in the desert before leaving the NFL for good at the end of the 2004 season.

Williams also remains a fan favorite in the Tampa Bay area. Part of the source of his popularity can be found in his nickname, “The Truth.” He got his nickname largely because it was the nickname of journeyman boxer of the 1980s and 1990,s Carl Williams. He was most famous for going toe to toe with some of boxing’s best including Larry Holmes (who Williams lost a controversial decision to) and t[[Mike Tyson. Like the boxer, he achieved despite his humble beginnings, his modest college, and his undrafted status to achieve greatness at football’s highest level. Williams has earned a Super Bowl Ring n On his career as a punt returner Williams has said “That’s being a ballplayer. Everyone talks about me as a punt returner, and they made me a punt returner out of my rookie year because that was the only way I could get on the field.” His rags to riches story has led to Williams’ ownership of a small gym in Texas, where he encourages the youth of his alma mater that everyone can be successful. He is now teaching the determination and willingness to do whatever it takes that he embraced so well as a player. When asked the truth about him, old coach Jon Gruden said about Karl Williams, “He’s a humble guy, a guy who’s worked for everything he has and that’s one of the winning edges he brings to our football team and something I really appreciate about him.”His cousin, Mondray Gee, is an assistant coach in the NFL.

Kym Herjavec

Kym Herjavec (née Johnson; born 4 August 1976) is an Australian professional ballroom dancer and television performer who appeared in the first three seasons of the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars as a professional dancer, before moving to the U.S. version of the franchise from 2006 to 2015. Johnson returned as a professional to the U.S. series in 2017 for its 24th season. She has since served as a judge on the Australian version of the show since 2013.

National Football League 1990s All-Decade Team

The NFL 1990s All-Decade Team was chosen by voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The team was composed of outstanding performers in the National Football League in the 1990s.The squad consists of first- and second-team offensive, defensive and special teams units, as well as a first- and second-team head coaches. Only a person's performance in the 1990s was used as criteria for voting.Bruce Matthews, Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, Bruce Smith and Reggie White were unanimous choices. Deion Sanders and Mel Gray were the only players to make the team at two positions. Sanders was named first-team cornerback and punt returner while Gray made the second team as both a kick and punt returner. Morten Andersen, Gary Anderson, Sean Landeta, Ronnie Lott, Gary Zimmerman, Rice, Bruce Smith, and White were first named to the 1980s All-Decade Team. Larry Allen, Warren Sapp, and Willie Roaf were also named to the 2000s All-Decade Team.

National Football League Defensive Player of the Year Award

Several organizations give out NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards that are listed in the NFL Record and Fact Book and Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. The Associated Press (AP) has been giving the award since 1972; Pro Football Writers of America/Pro Football Weekly since 1970; and Sporting News has announced winners since 2008. The Newspaper Enterprise Association was the originator of the award in 1966. However, it became defunct after 1997. Also going defunct was the United Press International (UPI) AFC-NFC Defensive Player of the Year Awards that began in 1975.

Rohan Marley

Rohan Anthony Marley (born 19 May 1972) is a coffee entrepreneur and former Canadian football league and American college football player. He is the son of reggae artist Bob Marley and Janet Hunt. He was born during his father's marriage to Rita, and went to live with her from the age of four then lived with Marley's mother after his father died of cancer in Miami in 1981.A 1991 graduate of Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Marley played linebacker for the University of Miami football team, where he played alongside Dwayne Johnson, Warren Sapp and Ray Lewis. In 1993, he led the Hurricanes with 95 tackles. He later played professional football in the Canadian Football League with the now re-named Ottawa Rough Riders.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a professional American football franchise based in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers currently compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member team of the National Football Conference (NFC) South division. Along with the Seattle Seahawks, the team joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team. The Bucs played their first season in the American Football Conference (AFC) West division as part of the 1976 expansion plan, whereby each new franchise would play every other franchise over the first two years. After the season, the club switched conferences with the Seahawks and became a member of the NFC Central division. During the 2002 league realignment, the Bucs joined three former NFC West teams to form the NFC South. The club is owned by the Glazer family, and plays its home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

The Buccaneers are the first post-merger expansion team to win a division title, win a playoff game, and to host and play in a conference championship game; all three accomplishments occurred during the 1979 season. They are also the first team since the merger to complete a winning season when starting 10 or more rookies, which happened in the 2010 season. In 1976 and 1977, the Buccaneers lost their first 26 games. They would not win their first game in franchise history until Week 13, of 14, in 1977. After a brief winning era in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the team suffered through 14 consecutive losing seasons. Then, for a 10-year period, they were consistent playoff contenders and won Super Bowl XXXVII at the end of the 2002 season, but have not yet returned to the Super Bowl; thus the Bucs, along with the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets, are the only NFL teams to win their lone Super Bowl appearance.

As of the end of 2018 NFL season, the Buccaneers have played 43 seasons and compiled an overall record of 266–424–1, with a regular-season record of 255–404–1 and a playoff record of 6–9.

Warren Sapp—awards, championships, and honors

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