Played three seasons at Miami, electing to forego senior year for NFL Draft...Originally arrived at Miami as a TE...Three-year Hurricane totals included 176 tackles, 19.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and five passes defensed...In three bowl games, added 13 tackles and three sacks...Many honors as a junior co-captain included first team All-America from AP, UPI, Football Coaches Association and Walter Camp...Also won the Lombardi Award, symbolic of the nation's top lineman/linebacker...Was a finalist for the Outland Trophy...Named Defensive Player of the Year by Football Writers Association, Football News and ABC...Was also the Big East's Defensive Player of the Year and a first team All-Big East selection...In 11 starts, statistics showed 84 tackles, team-best 10.5 sacks (second in Big East), four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries (first in Big East)...In sophomore season, accolades included second team All-America and first team All-Big East...Started 10 games at DT and had 52 tackles and six sacks...Saw action in 10 games as a freshman reserve, backing up Mark Caesar...Registered 40 tackles and three sacks...Was redshirted as 1991 incoming freshman...During red shirt season, was shifted from TE to DT...Majored in Criminology.
SAPP'S CAREER STATS
Year Games Tackles TFL Sacks FC
1992 10 39 1 3.0 0
1993 10 52 6 6.0 0
1994 11 84 9 10.5 4
Totals 31 175 16 19.5 4
Sapp was raised in Plymouth, Florida, a small, rural community on the Lake County/Orange County, Florida line. During the late 1980s, he earned widespread recognition as an outstanding football player at Apopka High School in Apopka, Florida as a linebacker, tight end and punter. While playing football for Apopka High School, Sapp delivered a hit on a player from Dr. Phillips High school named Johnny Damon, who now plays baseball for the New York Yankees. This was the first concussion Johnny Damon ever received.
Born in Orlando, Florida attended Apopka High in Apopka, lettering in football, track and basketball...Played LB, TE, and P (43.5 avg.) in high school...As a senior, was all-state and USA Today Honorable Mention All-America...Married with two children.
Drafted in the 1st round (12th overall) by the Bucs in 1995
One of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL since his rookie season in 1995...Selected to seven consecutive Pro Bowls from 1997 through 2003...1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year...Has recorded 94.5 career sacks, the most by any active DT and the third-most all-time by a DT...In addition to work on defensive line, has been used on offense as a TE and FB in short-yardage situations...Has caught four passes for 39 yards and two touchdowns...Has played in 182 regular season league games...Has also played and started in nine career postseason games, including Super Bowl XXXVII.
2006: (9-11 vs. SD): Started at DT and recorded one tackle. (9-17 at BAL): Started at DT, recorded two sacks. (10-1 vs. CLE): Started at DT and recorded three tackles. (10-8 at SF): Started at DT and recorded five tackles. (10-15 at DEN): Started at DT and recorded five tackles. (10-22 vs. ARI): Started at DT. (10-29 vs. PIT): Started at DT, recorded three tackles and one sack, which came late in the game to help seal the win. (11-6 at SEA): Started at DT, recorded five tackles and one sack. (11-12 vs. DEN): Started at DT, recorded three tackles and two sacks. (11-19 at KC): Started at DT, recorded two tackles. (11-26 at SD): Started at DT, recorded three tackles. (12-3 vs. HOU): Started at DT, recorded four tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble that was returned for a touchdown. (12-10 at CIN): Started at DT. (12-17 vs. STL): Started at DT, recorded three tackles and one sack. (12-23 vs. KC): Started at DT, recorded five tackles, one sack, two QB hurries, and one pass defensed. (12-31 at NYJ): Started at DT, recorded three tackles and one sack.
2005: Played in and started the first 10 games of the year before missing the final six contests with a shoulder injury...Moved back inside to DT after spending much of 2004 at DE...Finished the year with 29 tackles, including 25 solos, and finished second on the team with five sacks for loss of 34 yards...Batted down three passes and forced one fumble which was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown...Intercepted a pass in Week 3 at Philadelphia (9/25), his fourth career pick and first since 11/3/02 vs. Minnesota...Tied a Raiders team single-game record with three sacks in Week 8 at Tennessee (10/30)...Also saw action on special teams, working on the kick protection and kick block units...(9/8) @ NE: Started at DT and registered a pair of solo tackles...(9/18) vs. KC: Started at DT and recorded five tackles, three of them solo stops...(9/25) @ PHI: Started at DT recording one solo tackle and a team-high three passes defensed...Recorded his fourth career interception in the first quarter when he stepped in front of a Donovan McNabb pass and returned it three yards...(10/2) vs. DAL: Started at DT contributing four tackles, all of them solo stops...Recorded first sack of the season for a five-yard loss...(10/16) vs. SD: Started at DT and registered one solo tackle...(10/23) vs. BUF: Started at DT and was second on the defense in total tackles with five, all of them solo stops...Had one sack for a loss of seven yards...(10/30) @ TN: Started at DT and recorded six tackles (five solos)...Tied a career high and a Raiders club record with three sacks for minus-19.5 yards and forced a fumble in the second quarter that S Jarrod Cooper recovered in the end zone for a touchdown...(11/6) @ KC: Started at DT and recorded three solo tackles...(11/13) vs. DEN: Started at DT, registering three solo tackles and assisting on another...(11/20) @ WAS: Started at DT and recorded one solo tackle...Placed on Injured Reserve (11/27).
2004: Started all 16 league games and played at both DT and DE...Recorded 42 tackles (30 solos), 2.5 sacks for 17.5 yards in losses and recovered two fumbles...Also lined up at TE in short-yardage situations on offense and played on special teams...(9/12) @ PIT: Made his Raiders debut and started at DE, making four tackles...Also lined up at TE on offense in short-yardage situations...(9/19) vs. BUF: Started at DT, making one tackle...Teamed with DE Bobby Hamilton on a one-yard sack...(9/26) vs. TB: Started at DT, making three tackles...Lined up at TE on offense in short-yardage situations...(10/3) @ HOU: Started at DE, making three tackles...(10/10) @ IND: Started at DT, making six tackles...Lined up at TE in short-yardage situations on offense...(10/17) vs. DEN: Started at DT, making two tackles...Also played on special teams...(10/24) vs. NO: Started at DT, making two tackles...Lined up at TE in short-yardage situations on offense and played on special teams...(10/31) @ SD: Started at DT, making two tackles...Lined up at TE in short-yardage situations on offense...Also played on special teams...(11/7) @ CAR: Started at DT...Lined up at TE on offense in short-yardage situations...(11/21) vs. SD: Started at DT, making three tackles...Also played on special teams...(11/28) @ DEN: Started at DT, making three tackles...Lined up at TE on offense in short-yardage situations...Also played on special teams...(12/5) vs. KC: Started at DT, making two tackles...Also played on special teams...(12/12) @ ATL: Started at DT and played on special teams...(12/19) vs. TEN: Started at DT, recording five tackles, including one sack, and a fumble recovery...Dropped Tennessee QB for an 11-yard loss on the first play of the second quarter...(12/25) @ KC: Started at DT, recording three solo tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery...Notched his second sack in as many games when he dropped Kansas City QB for a six-yard loss in the fourth quarter...Recovered a fumble with 1:42 remaining in the game to set up K Sebastian Janikowski's 46-yard field goal...(1/2/05) vs. JAX: Started at DT, making three tackles...Also played on special teams.
2003: Named to the Pro Bowl for the seventh consecutive season in 2003...Started 15 games at DT and inactive for one other (vs. Houston)...Ranked second on the team with five sacks...Totaled 43 tackles, two forced fumbles and three passes defensed...Also saw extensive action on offense in goal line and short-yardage situations...Posted four receptions for 39 yards (9.8 avg.) on the season, with two going for touchdowns and two for first downs...Part of a defense that ranked fifth in the NFL, marking the seventh straight year the defense finished among the NFL's Top 10...(9/8) @ PHI: Started at DT, posting two tackles...Appeared in several offensive series, recording his first career reception for 14 yards and a first down...Helped defense post third shutout in last 16 regular season games...(9/14) vs. CAR: Finished contest with five tackles and one pass defensed...(9/21) @ ATL: Hauled in a six-yard touchdown reception that became the first touchdown reception of his career...Recorded five tackles against the Falcons...Helped defense limit the Falcons to 136 total yards, the seventh-best defensive effort in club history...(10/6) vs. IND: Tallied three tackles and one pass defensed...(10/12) @ WAS: Recorded first two sacks of the season...Also totaled five tackles against the Redskins...(10/19) @ SF: Tallied three tackles...(10/26) vs. DAL: Made his third sack of the year...Totaled two tackles against the Cowboys...Helped the defense post its second shutout of the season...(11/2) vs. NO: Posted four tackles...(11/9) @ CAR: Led defensive linemen with a season-high seven tackles...Also hauled in third reception of the season, gaining 18 yards and a first down on a fourth-and-one play in the fourth quarter...(11/16) vs. GB: Notched three tackles...(11/24) vs. NYG: Notched two sacks ...Finished contest with four tackles and two forced fumbles...Part of a defensive effort that held the Giants offense to 212 total yards...(11/30) @ JAX: Posted three tackles...(12/7) @ NO: Totaled two tackles, one pass defensed and hauled in his second career touchdown reception...(12/14) vs. HOU: Inactive because of left foot sprain...Contest against Houston was the first game he missed since the 1999 season, a span of 73 games...(12/20) vs. ATL: Returned to action, posting four tackles in start at DT...(12/28) @ TEN: Led defensive linemen with six tackles.
2002: Named to the Pro Bowl for the sixth consecutive year and tied team record for total and consecutive appearances...Also named as Pro Bowl starter for the fifth consecutive year...Selected to the Associated Press All-Pro first team for the fourth straight year...Finished second on the team and tied for first in the NFC among DTs with 7.5 sacks...Made 100th career start in season opener against New Orleans (9/8)...Moved into seventh place in team history with 125 games played and into sixth place in team history with 115 career starts...Started all 16 regular season games at DT...Started all three playoff games...Helped defense to finish first in the NFL in total defense and pass defense...Finished with 47 tackles, 7.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, three passes defensed and a career-high two interceptions...(9/8) vs. NO: Recorded a sack...Added five tackles against the Saints...(9/15) @ BAL: Registered four stops in shutout victory...(9/23) vs. STL: Tallied second sack of the season...Finished the contest with four tackles...(9/29) @ CIN: Recorded 15th career multi-sack game, finishing the contest with two sacks...Tallied six tackles and a forced fumble while helping hold the Bengals offense scoreless...(10/6) @ ATL: Intercepted the second pass of his career...Finished contest with six tackles and a pass defensed while helping to limit the Falcons to 70 rushing yards on 22 carries (3.2 avg.)...(10/16) vs. CLE: Recorded 16th career multi-sack game, finishing the contest with two sacks...Led defensive linemen with a season-high seven tackles vs. the Browns...(10/20) @ PHI: Made a sack...Added three tackles against the Eagles...(10/27) @ CAR: Made a sack on the Panthers first play from scrimmage...Added six tackles against the Panthers...(11/3) vs. MIN: Set a new season high, intercepting second pass of the season...Added three tackles against the Vikings...(11/17) vs. CAR: Posted six tackles and a fumble recovery...(11/24) vs. GB: Registered two tackles...(12/1) @ NO: Recorded a team-leading and season-high nine tackles while starting at DT...Added a pass defensed...(12/8) vs. ATL: Registered four tackles while helping limit the Falcons to 68 rushing yards...(12/15) @ DET: Notched three tackles in start at DT...(12/23) vs. PIT: Posted three tackles...(12/29) @ CHI: Led defensive linemen with seven tackles...Postseason: (1/12) vs. SF: Posted one tackle and a 0.5 sack in the NFC Divisional Playoff game...(1/19) @ PHI: Finished with two tackles in the NFC Championship Game...(1/26) vs. OAK: Notched a fourth quarter sack and forced fumble in Super Bowl XXXVII...Added two tackles and two passes defensed...Finished the postseason with 1.5 sacks, five tackles, one forced fumble and two passes defensed.
2001: Selected to the Pro Bowl for the fifth straight season, including his fourth consecutive as a starter...Named to the Associated Press All-Pro first team, as well as both College & Pro Football Newsweekly and Pro Football Weekly's All-NFL Team...Also chosen to The Sporting News All-Pro Team...Started all 16 games, as well as playoff contests...Totaled 36 tackles to rank third on the defensive line and added six sacks (second-best on the defense), two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries...Helped defense finish among the NFLs Top 10 (sixth) for the fifth straight year, the only team in the league to do so...(10/14) @ TEN: Had first sack of the season...(10/21) vs. PIT: Recorded five tackles and one forced fumble...(11/14) @ GB: Contributed two tackles and one fumble recovery, which led to a touchdown...(11/11) @ DET: Made two sacks on consecutive plays and added four tackles...(11/26) @ STL: Tallied three tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...Was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts...(12/9) vs. DET: Dominated the trenches with six tackles...(12/16) @ CHI: Had five tackles...(12/23) vs. NO: Collected two tackles and a half-sack...(12/29) vs. BAL: Led the defensive line with eight tackles and a half-sack...Postseason: (1/12) @ PHI: Recorded five tackles in NFC Divisional Playoff Game.
2000: Played in all 16 regular season games with 15 starts at DT (all but Washington)...Also started playoff contest...Selected to the Pro Bowl for the fourth consecutive season, including his third straight as a starter...Also earned first team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, College & Pro Football Newsweekly, The Sporting News, Football Digest and USA Today...Named to Pro Football Weekly's All-NFL team and All-NFC by Football News...Recorded career highs in sacks (16.5) and tackles (52)...Shattered Lee Roy Selmon's franchise best total of 13 sacks during the 1977 campaign...Tied for second in the NFL (Trace Armstrong) with the 16.5 sacks, trailing only La'Roi Glover (17 sacks)...Had the third-most sacks ever in a single season for a defensive tackle in NFL history...Added one forced fumble, four passes defensed and two blocked field goal attempts...Posted a sack in 11 of the team's 16 games...Helped the Tampa Bay defense finish in the NFL's Top 10 (ninth) for the fourth consecutive season...(9/3) @ NE: Recorded 1.5 sacks and six tackles in the season opener...(9/10) vs. CHI: Had one sack, one pass defensed and two tackles in a win over the Bears...(9/17) @ DET: Played arguably his best game as a pro, tying a career high with three sacks and four tackles...Limited Lions backs to 17 yards and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week...(10/1) @ WAS: Tallied four tackles and a sack after missing the first quarter...Also keyed a fourth quarter comeback by blocking a field goal attempt...(10/9) @ MIN: Posted five tackles and one sack...Blocked a field goal that resulted in a 53-yard return for a touchdown that gave the Bucs a fourth quarter lead...(10/19) vs. DET: Had a season-high nine tackles and contributed two sacks and one pass defensed...(10/29) vs. MIN: Notched three tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one pass defensed...(11/12) vs. GB: Had a sack and added five tackles...(11/26) vs. BUF: Became the Buccaneers single-season leader in sacks when he recorded two sacks in the game...(12/10) @ MIA: Helped limit the Dolphins to less than 100 yards on the ground and part of a defense that forced four interceptions...(12/18) vs. STL: Made two sacks and added seven tackles in a Monday Night contest...(12/24) @ GB: Made one sack and contributed seven tackles in the regular season finale.
1999: Named NFL Defensive Player of the Year...Started 15 games, missing one contest (Minnesota, 10/3) with a broken hand...Racked up 41 tackles and a career-best 12.5 sacks...Added a career-high two fumble recoveries and tied a career-best with three forced fumbles...Earned first team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press...Selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl...Also named Defensive Most Valuable Player by Pro Football Weekly and College and Pro Football Newsweekly...Earned Defensive Player of the Year nod by Football Digest...Also selected to the Football News All-NFC Team...His 12.5 sacks bested previous career mark of 10.5 (1997), finishing one-half sack shy of Lee Roy Selmon's single-season club mark of 13, set in 1977...Finished fourth in the NFC and fifth in the NFL in sacks, but each player above him lined up at end...Helped defensive unit rank first in the NFC and third in the league in total defense in the NFL...(9/12) vs. NYG: Opened season with six tackles, one sack and one pass defensed...Helped limit the Giants to 107 total net yards (28 rushing), the second-stingiest showing in team history...(9/19) @ PHI: Tied a career high with three sacks, totaling 28 yards, and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts...Added a season-high seven tackles...(9/26) vs. DEN: Suffered a left hand fracture in the second quarter but returned to action to notch three tackles...Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for his September performance...(10/10) @ GB: Returned to action, posting four tackles and two second half sacks...(10/24) vs. CHI: Notched four tackles and a sack...(11/7) @ NO: Had three tackles...(11/14) vs. KC: Collected two tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery...(11/21) vs. ATL: Posted two tackles and a sack for a 10-yard loss in the fourth quarter...(11/28) @ SEA: Recorded four stops, one sack and recovered own forced fumble...Sack moved him past the late David Logan into second place on the club's all-time list with 39.5 career sacks...(12/6) vs. MIN: Collected five tackles in Monday night win over Vikings...(12/12) vs. DET: Racked up five tackles, 1.5 sacks, one pass defensed and one forced fumble...(12/19) @ OAK: Recorded three tackles and one sack...(12/26) vs. GB: Posted two tackles...(1/2) @ CHI: Recorded two tackles...Helped Bucs clinch NFC Central title...Postseason: (1/15) vs. WAS: Racked up six tackles, one sack and a crucial fourth quarter fumble recovery in NFC Divisional Playoff win...(1/23) @ STL: Notched two tackles in the NFC Championship Game.
1998: Started all 16 regular season games for the first time in his career... Selected to the Pro Bowl, earning first starting assignment...Amassed 44 tackles, seven sacks, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery...Led the team in tackles for losses (five) and tied for second on the team in sacks (seven)...Focal point of a defensive unit that finished first in the NFC and second in the NFL in overall team defense...Named to the second team AP and USA Today All-Pro teams...Selected to the Pro Football Weekly All-NFC Team...(9/13) @ GB: Recorded five tackles, two sacks and a pass defensed...(9/20) vs. CHI: Recorded four tackles in comeback win, helping hold Bears to just one second half first down...(10/18) vs. CAR: Posted two tackles and a sack...(11/8) vs. TEN: Registered a sack and began a streak of recording at least one sack in four of the next five games...(11/22) vs. DET: Posted three tackles and a QB sack...(11/29) @ CHI: Recorded six stops, a sack and a forced fumble...(12/7) vs. GB: Posted four tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and a pass defensed in Monday Night Football win...Also helped thwart a Packers rally, making a sack on the final play to seal win...(12/13) vs. PIT: Notched five tackles (four solos).
1997: Started 15 regular season games and two playoff contests, missing second game of career against Miami (9/21) due to sprained right ankle...Joined seven teammates in Hawaii for first career Pro Bowl appearance...Week before Pro Bowl, won the NFL Lineman Challenge for second consecutive year...Also voted to College and Pro Football Newsweekly's All-Pro Second Team and John Madden's All-Madden Team...Outstanding early season performance resulted in NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for September...Recorded 58 tackles (47), 10.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and a team-high three forced fumbles during the regular season before adding 11 stops, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during two playoff games...Sack total (10.5) was tops on team, tied for eighth in the NFC, and also led Bucs defense to team-record 44 sacks...(8/31) vs. SF: Opened season with career-high 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks...(9/7) @ DET: Despite suffering sprained right ankle in first half that was aggravated again in third quarter, posted three stops and one sack...(9/21) vs. MIA: Missed only action of season with sprained right ankle...Went on three-game sack attack with consecutive sacks against Detroit (10/12), Minnesota (10/26) and Indianapolis (11/2)...(11/16) vs. NE: Made one sack for an 11-yard loss and forced a fumble...(12/21) vs. CHI: Finished off regular season the way he started it, notching eight tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...Postseason: (1/4) @ GB: Posted a three-sack, five-tackle performance during NFC Divisional Playoff Game in which he also forced two fumbles and recovered another.
1996: Started 14 of 15 contests, missing the season's second week at Detroit (9/8) and played but did not start the following week at Denver (9/15)... Collected nine sacks along with nine tackles for loss to lead team in both categories... 51 tackles (41) were tops among team's defensive linemen... Also blocked first FG attempt of career, forced a fumble and recovered another...(9/1) vs. GB: Notched four solo tackles and recorded teams first sack in season's first game...(9/8) @ DET: Missed a game for the first time in his career with an ankle injury...(9/15) @ DEN: Returned to action in a reserve role, posting three tackles...(9/22) vs. SEA: Recorded season-best six tackles and two sacks...(10/13) vs. MIN: Tied season mark for tackles with six while also posting 1.5 sacks and causing a fumble...(12/15) @ MIN: Collected five solo tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery...(12/22) vs. CHI: Finished season with three tackles and a sack.
1995: Played in 16 games, starting season's first five and final three contests...Finished with 26 tackles (16), one pick, one forced fumble and five passes defensed...Tied for third on team with three sacks...Was a consensus first team All-Rookie choice including selection by Pro Football Weekly, PFWA, Football News and College and Pro Football Newsweekly...Was used in four games as blocking back on goal line plays (five plays, three TDs by Bucs)...(9/3) @ PHI: Started in NFL regular season debut and had three tackles plus team's first sack of the year...(10/22) vs. ATL: Enjoyed top performance of season with an interception, a touchdown, a sack and lead block on a rushing touchdown...On the interception, he returned it five yards for the score...Drafted by Buccaneers with first of two first round picks (12th overall) in 1995.
- 2006 NFL Pro Bowl
- 2005 University of Miami Hall of Fame
- 2003 NFL Pro Bowl
- 2002 NFL Pro Bowl
- 2001 NFL Pro Bowl
- 2000 NFL Pro Bowl
- 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
- 1999 NFL Pro Bowl
- 1998 NFL Pro Bowl
- 1997 NFL Pro Bowl
- 1994 All-American First-Team
- 1994 Lombardi Award
- 1994 Outland Trophy Finalst
- 1994 Big-East Defensive Player of the Year
- 1994 Bronko Nagurski Trophy
- 1994 Chuck Bednarik Award
- 1994 All-Big East First-Team
- 1994 All-American Second-Team
- 1993 All-Big East First-Team