(AFP) – Jan 4, 2008
OAKLAND, California (AFP) — Former National Football League defensive player of the year Warren Sapp, who led Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl title in 2003, announced his retirement on Friday.
The 35-year-old Sapp announced the end of his career on his web site, saying "I'm done".
In 198 games, Sapp registered 96 1/2 sacks and 573 tackles. John Randle (137 1/2) is the only tackle in NFL history with more career sacks.
An integral part of many rugged defences in Tampa Bay, Sapp was a major influence in leading the Bucs to their only Super Bowl title.
Sapp was selected 12th overall by Tampa Bay in 1995. He spent his first nine seasons with Tampa Bay, being named defensive player of the year in 1999.
In March 2004, Sapp signed a seven-year, 36.6 million dollar contract with his current team the Oakland Raiders.
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