The Raiders came into today with two players among the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame - Tim Brown and Warren Sapp. Brown didn't make it but Sapp did.
Warren Sapp played the final four seasons of his career with the Raiders after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Buccaneers. He, like many Hall of Fame Raiders, made his strongest case for the Hall in another uniform.
The always vocal Sapp had made the Pro Bowl seven straight seasons before arriving in Oakland and never made it back as a Raider.
Sapp's four seasons in Oakland was a mixed bag. Statistically, he had just one very good season for the Raiders while the team was having some of the worst years of its existence. That season he had 10.0 sacks after moving from left to right defensive tackle. Word is he demanded the switch so he could add to his sack total and therefore pad his resume for the Hall of Fame.
While Sapp was never one to hold his tongue, he insisted on his fellow linemates not say a word to the media. It wasn't until he retired that we came to know Tommy Kelly as the colorful and entertaining personality he is.
But Sapp had some impressive stats before he signed on with the Raiders. He was a four time All Pro and three times had double digit sacks from the defensive tackle position - topped by his 16.5 sacks in 2000.
He also won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers at the expense of the Raiders.
He finished his career with 96.5 sacks, 77 of which came in a Buccaneer uniform. He gets in on his first ballot.
Though he doesn't claim the Raiders nor does the Raider Nation claim him, he is still technically a Raider, he is in the Hall of Fame, so he counts. If Randy Moss ever gets in, we will be in a similar situation.
The Raiders Hall of Fame total is now at 21 which is the most among all the original AFL teams. Here is the full list:
|Dave Casper||TE||1974-1980, 1984||2002|
|John Madden||Head Coach||1969-1978||2006|