The Redskins’ second linebacker signee today is not, as you might assume, related to Warren Sapp.
Ricky Sapp, signed to a Reserve/Future contract, spent time over his first four seasons with the Eagles, Jets and Texans as an outside linebacker.
He was raised in Bamberg, S.C., and was considered a five–star recruit in high school.
Sapp, a 6-foot-4, 252 pounder, went to Clemson, appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman and entered his senior year fourth among active ACC players with 26 career tackles for loss and 11 career sacks.
The Eagles drafted him in 2010 but a knee injury forced him to the sidelines for his entire first year. He later jumped between practice and active rosters in New York and Houston, appearing in 17 games altogether, mostly on special teams.
One thing is clear: Sapp has a lot of motivational support, as seen in a couple of special Youtube messages.
Here’s one from last May sent in by a pastor from Sapp’s home Baptist church in South Carolina.
Not to be outdone, former NFL cornerback Eric Thomas supported Sapp enough during his time with the Jets to make him this motivational video, too.
He quotes Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” but has a better, original message to give.
“Make the rest of your life, the best of your life,” Thomas tells him.
Good advice for us all.
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