via press release:
HALL OF FAME DEFENSIVE TACKLE & NFL NETWORK ANALYST WARREN SAPP FEATURED ON A FOOTBALL LIFE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 AT 9:00 PM ET
“Warren changed the game. He changed the way that position was played.” – Former Buccaneers S John Lynch
Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks & Brad Johnson on ‘A Football Life: Backstory’ at 10:00 PM ET
Throughout his Hall of Fame NFL career – which spanned 13 seasons and included seven Pro Bowls, 96.5 career sacks and a Super Bowl championship – Warren Sapp was a relentless defensive tackle who played an integral role in turning around the fortunes of a once bleak franchise and left an indelible mark on the National Football League.
The third season of the two-time Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Tuesday, October 29 at 9:00 PM ET with Warren Sapp: A Football Life, a one-hour documentary which offers a look at the life of one of the most dominant defensive players in NFL history. Warren Sapp: A Football Life features sitdown interviews, as well as Sapp and his mother, Annie Roberts, returning to his hometown of Plymouth, Florida to visit his childhood home, his high school and various places in Plymouth that played significant parts in his life.
Throughout the documentary, Sapp expounds on a number of topics, including:
- Walking off the field during a high school football game because he disagreed with the play-calling and how it impacted him significantly
- Switching from tight end to defensive tackle at the University of Miami
- The 1995 NFL Draft
- His long-standing on-field battle with former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre and how it has turned into a friendship
- The hit on then Packers offensive tackle Chad Clifton during the November 24, 2002 game in Tampa and the criticism regarding it
Emmy-nominated actor from CBS’ The Good Wife, Josh Charles, narrates.
Warren Sapp: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people:
Annie Roberts – Warren’s mother
Derrick Brooks – Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate
John Lynch – Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate
Tony Dungy – Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach
Jon Gruden – Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach
Brett Favre – Former NFL quarterback
Bryan Glazer – Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman
Drew Rosenhaus – Warren’s agent
Chip Gierke – Warren’s high school football coach
Provided below are some select quotes from Warren Sapp: A Football Life:
- “He works hard at anything and everything he goes at. [The] number one thing he wanted to accomplish is making me proud, and he has done that.” – Annie Roberts
- “Warren changed the game. He changed the way that position was played.” – John Lynch
- “I’m not going to allow a kid to fail and I’m not going to allow one episode to let him fail regardless of what anybody thinks. It might not be anybody else’s coaching philosophy to do that but it’s been mine my entire career.” – Chip Gierke
- “Dennis Erickson drove to my home and asked me to become a Miami Hurricane. There was no way in hell I wasn’t going.” – Warren Sapp
- “It was kind of a defeatist attitude. It was a losing culture. There were talented players there but they didn’t feel like they were going to win, didn’t feel like they could win and that was the thing we had to change around.” – Tony Dungy
- “He was relentless. You just knew you were not going to block him every time.” – Brett Favre
- “As much as I love Tony [Dungy], Tony had a flaw: he didn’t demand that our offense give us more. That was a disservice to the amount of expectations he had for us as a defense.” – Warren Sapp
- “I tried to talk him out of retiring a number of times…He told me, ‘Drew, I do not want to play this game when I’m not at my best; I made an imprint on this game and I don’t want to tarnish that.’ He went out in his prime.” – Drew Rosenhaus
Following the episode, A Football Life: Backstory airs at 10:00 PM ET, a 30-minute show that provides a deeper look into the lives and story of each subject, features interviews with relevant individuals, and includes material that did not make the final edition of the episode. This week, Jenn Brown hosts and is joined in-studio by NFL Network analyst/reporter Steve Wyche, who used to cover Sapp. Additionally, Sapp and former teammate Derrick Brooks reminisce about their playing days together, while former Buccaneers quarterback Brad Johnson joins the show to provide his experiences from playing with Sapp.