Most dominant pass rushers use their speed and athleticism to get around the edge and attack the quarterback. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Warren Sapp used a more personal approach throughout his career. The Hall of Fame defensive tackle racked up 96.5 quarterback sacks thanks to brute strength and tenacity in the gaps.
“Warren Sapp was a beastly DT, especially in Madden. He thrived on shooting into the backfield and getting in the face of the quarterback.” - Brian Parker
Warren Sapp allowed Madden players to finally get inside pressure from the defensive tackle position. Sapp was one the main reason the Tampa 2 worked so well for those dominant Bucs defenses.
“Warren Sapp had the speed of a defensive end at defensive tackle in Madden NFL 2002. He was as disruptive of a gap rusher as any player in Madden NFL history. He was so fast he could hit your quarterback before he was done with his drop.” - Shaun Mason
The seven-time Pro Bowler helped the Bucs win Super Bowl XXXVII in dominant fashion and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
“Sapp could stop the run on his own, and then push the pocket on third downs. The Bucs defense was such a force during this era of Madden, and Sapp was a huge reason why.” - Zfarls
“I refer to Warren Sapp as the ‘Mayhem in the middle.’ A lot of people would play with the ‘02 Bucs, and I always tried to stay in the shotgun against them. If I didn’t, Sapp would have a sack lunch.” - Simfballcritic
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