Buccaneers great Derrick Brooks ‘shocked’ Warren Sapp not part of NFL 100 All-Time team
The NFL has had plenty of outstanding football players come and go during its 100 years of existence, so it’s understandable that there will be some notable omissions. However, Tampa Bay Buccaneers legend Derrick Brooks is appalled at the exclusion of Warren Sapp from the list.
Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk approached Brooks about the defensive tackle’s exclusion from the team. Given how well he’s performed in his thirteen years in the NFL, it’s understandable why Brooks is bewildered by the exclusion.
“I was shocked, to be honest with you, that my teammate Warren Sapp wasn’t on this list. You talk about somebody that I watched dominate a game,” Brooks said. “I’ve literally watched him take over games. He set the standard for the three-technique during the mid-90s to early 2000s. I was extremely shocked.”
A look at Sapp’s career will make anyone understand why the former Tampa Bay linebacker was furious at the absence of his teammate on the list. He’s definitely one of the best tackles to ever play the game with his 571 tackles, 96.5 sacks, 12 fumble recoveries, and four interceptions. These are incredible numbers for a tackle, and he thoroughly deserves the Hall of Fame jacket he got due to this.
However, it’s also important to note that there are also players who have similar numbers. They have to be strict if they want to keep the number of players limited. Reggie White, a defensive lineman who actually made the team, had outrageous stats of 1111 tackles, 198.0 sacks, 33 forced fumbles, and three interceptions for 769 yards.
If they allow every outstanding player to the team, they’ll end up with a recreation of the Hall of Fame. They need to find the cream of this already impressive crop of players Sapp, unfortunately, didn’t make the cut.