SAPP ATTACK - Warren Sapp
Written in 2012, it is the autobiography of the former Buccaneer defensive tackle.
The BUCPOWER.COM review
So here it is, the book by the loudest and most colourful Buccaneer of them all. Warren pulls no
punches as one would expect and lays into the usual suspects including Sam Wyche who he
really could not stand. "Tony Dungy put the damn cake in the oven and then Jon Gruden came in
and put the icing on it. Of course Sam Wyche could not have even got the mix out of the box".
But he surprisingly goes after Monte Kiffin for calling blitzes to make himself look like a coaching
genius and blames him for the Warner to Proehl touchdown pass in the NFC title game against
the Rams for sticking with a blitz call that the defensive line all apparently told him would not
He of course has no love for Trent Dilfer, "an interception waiting to happen", Keyshawn
Johnson, "too stupid and too arrogant to know when he is wrong", but the affection for the likes
of Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, Rod Marinelli, Derek Brooks, John Lynch and Brad "Whitey"
Culpepper is evident for all too see.
There are some absolutely cracking stories from his time with the Buccaneers in there. The
problem is that already one of them has been claimed to be a complete work of fiction by the other player involved. So I guess you are going
to have to take much of this with a pinch of salt and guess how much truth there actually is in each story.
This results from a tale Sapp tells about never really getting on with fellow defensive lineman Chidi Ahanotu and allegedly provoking a fight
with him in training one day. This involved Warren telling everyone that Chidi should change the name of his jazz club "Sacks" to "Pressures"
because that was all he could get each Sunday on the field.
On a personal note there are too many spelling mistakes and factual errors for my liking. In the acknowledgements section at the end, the
likes of Ed Orgeron and Joe Barry have their names spelt incorrectly and the Bucs did not finish "six-dash-ten" in his rookie season as he
Worst of all, the story about Sapp having a choice of four numbers as a rookie, "78, 63, 97 and 99 were available" is just insulting. 63 had
been retired nearly a decade earlier and was of course Lee Roy Selmon's number.
But just like Warren Sapp in real life, you have to take the rough with the smooth. Even for someone such as myself who has a knowledge of
franchise Buccaneer history bordering on the excessive, there were enlightening moments and eye-opening stories that really made the
book enjoyable indeed essential.
Warren is one of the largest characters ever to take the field for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Love him or hate him, you cannot ignore him
and "Sapp Attack" is a continuation of the player and man that Buc fans knew so well for nearly a decade around the Super Bowl victory.
So do you buy it? Yes of course. It is the best book so far written by a Buccaneer player and tells enough great stories from the best years of
the franchise to make it essential reading for any Tampa Bay fan. Just don't expect Warren to offer to sign it should you ever see him with a
copy of it in your hand.