ALAMEDA, CA -- Warren Sapp has told the Oakland Raiders he's retiring, ending the career of one of the best defensive tackles to play in the NFL.
Sapp told the Contra Costa Times that he phoned Raiders owner Al
Davis with the news today. The Raiders had no official comment, but
coach Lane Kiffin hinted at Sapp's decision earlier this week.
The 35-year-old Sapp was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection in his
13-year career. He was the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 1999,
and was a key cog in Tampa Bay's Super Bowl winning defense in the
Sapp finished his career with 96 and a-half sacks, the 28th most
since the NFL began keeping track of the statistic in 1982. What
made that even more remarkable is that Sapp played primarily on the
inside at tackle, where sacks are traditionally much harder to get.