On November 24, 2002, at Raymond James Stadium, Sapp was strongly criticized for a blindsided hit on the Green Bay Packers' Chad Clifton during a Buccaneer interception return, when he hit Clifton as the latter was jogging downfield, away from the main action, inflicting a severe pelvic injury and hospitalizing Clifton for almost a week, after which he couldn't 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.
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The NFL released a statement strongly denying the rumors, and Sapp today 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.
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.
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.