Warren Sapp inducted to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Al Bello/Getty Images/Fox Sports FloridaThis is not a basketball post. But it is Super Bowl Sunday and so we would be remiss if we didn't mention the big game in some way. Especially since there are only three games in the NBA today and nothing else hitting the airwaves.

However, there is a Magic connection to tonight's festivities.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle, Apopka native and Magic season ticket holder Warren Sapp was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Sapp had an enormously successful 13-year career playing the majority of them and winning a Super Bowl 10 years ago with the Buccaneers. Sapp was outspoken and a lot of fun to watch, anchoring one of the best defensive lines of the late 1990s and early 2000s. He often took up two blockers with his size and speed. Sapp was a game-changer even when he was not racking up tackles or sacks.

Sapp is a Central Florida native, having starred at Apopka High School before moving on the University of Miami and then the Buccaneers. Florida was always good to Sapp.


So the Magic connection?

Before Chris Tucker and Carrot Top were the biggest celebrities that were regular at Magic games there was Warren Sapp. During the Tracy McGrady years, Sapp would slip on a white Magic jersey with his name emblazoned on the back and sit in the lower bowl to see the league's best scorer.

That was at least when he was his most visible. And, yes, McGrady alone could bring the stars out like that.

We will ignore the fact Sapp recently admitted on Twitter that he is not going to attend a Magic game until they are good again. we will be here when you are ready, Warren.

And congratulations again.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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