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by Staff Report on January 22, 2010

Warren Sapp the outspoken, fiery leader of Tampa Bay’s defense during the dominant years leading up to the teams improbable Superbowl run in 2002 was bestowed another honor this week by USA Today columnist Jim Corbett who has been running a month long series about the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s. As Corbett penned “A beast on D-line, Sapp became legend in the ’00s

Many would assume Sapp’s proudest moment came when the Bucs defeated the Oakland Raiders in Superbowl 37 to capture the teams first ever Lombardi trophy, but that’s just not the case as Sapp tells it. His proudest sense of accomplishment is his body of work.

“You have to stack Pro Bowls, Defensive Player of the Year and a world championship.’ Sapp said to Jim Corbett of USA Today, “And when you look around the league, there’s only six people in this modern era of football that are in that group. That’s the thing I’m most proud of. That’s my body of work.”

The legendary six pack, of players who have accomplished just that feat. Of going to multiple Probowls, winning Defensive Player of The Year and a Superbowl Championship is actually seven not six like reported, but nonetheless it’s a who’s who of modern era star studded “A” listers that includes four Hall of Famers Reggie White, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Greene, Jack Lambert and three potential future Hall of Famers to include Ray Lewis, Derrick Brooks and Sapp.

In Other News

Recently hired Tennessee Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley, on Saturday reached out to current Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebackers coach Joe Barry to gauge his interest in joining the Vols as defensive coordinator. Barry told Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times that he’s very interested in the job.

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