Born Dec. 19, 1972 in Orlando, FL, former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp made a name for himself both on and off the gridiron. Before he became one of the premiere defensive lineman in National Football League history, Sapp earned a reputation for being a fearsome linebacker and tight end at Apopka High School. In 2007, during his last professional season, Sapp was named to the Florida High School Association All-Century Team, which picked the top 33 all-time players in the 100 years of Florida high school football. After graduation, he was recruited by many big name schools and chose to attend the University of Miami, where he was converted into a defensive lineman. Sapp earned several awards and honors, including the Bronko Nagurski Trophy for Best Defensive Player and Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 1994. That same year, Sapp and his teammates went 10-1 during the regular season and ended the season ranked #3 in the nation, allowing them the chance to play for a piece of the national championship against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Orange Bowl. The Miami Hurricanes lost 24-17.
In 1995, Sapp was drafted 12th overall in the first round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He immediately became a starter and proceeded to terrorize opposing quarterbacks for the next several seasons with the Bucs. After wracking up league-leading sacks and tackles, Sapp led his team to Super Bowl XXXVII, which they won over the Oakland Raiders. But Sapp was known for being a controversial figure both on and off the field, rankling players and coaches with his mouth and disruptive antics. He was eventually sent to the Raiders, where he finished his career with 8 Pro Bowl selections and an astounding 96.5 career sacks. After his retirement following the 2007-08 season, Sapp joined the NFL Network as an on-air commentator, before being hired as a studio analyst for "Inside the NFL" (HBO/Showtime, 1977- ). He was then announced as a season seven contestant on the ever-popular "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ) - a show in which former athletes had excelled.