Buc Mag Bucs MVP: DT Warren Sapp

November 26 - The old Tampa Bay defense was back against the St. Louis Rams on Monday night, led by the old Warren Sapp. The Bucs defensive tackle played inspired football, recording two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in Tampa Bay's 24-17 win over the Rams and their high-powered offense.

Tampa Bay's defensive effort against St. Louis in the 1999 NFC Championship was deemed one of the best in franchise history and of the best performances against the Rams' "Greatest Show On Earth" offense ever. The Rams won that game 11-6 and advanced to the Super Bowl, but that's old news.

In the Bucs vs. Rams contest in 2001, the Bucs defensive effort may have been even better, and defensive tackle Warren Sapp was leading the charge getting involved in two of the Bucs' five turnovers. For his efforts, Sapp is this week's BucMag.com Bucs MVP.

Sapp returned to his dominating ways against the Rams, fought through back spasms in the second half and recorded two sacks, forced a key fumble when he stripped St. Louis quarterback Kurt Warner of the ball. Sapp also recovered a fumble and had a crushing body slam of Rams running back Marshall Faulk in the second half.

Sapp's inspired play set the tone on defense early. His teammates were feeding off of his big plays and big hits, making big hits of their own and coming up with big turnovers in Tampa Bay's 24-17 victory.

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