Warren Sapp Was the Beginning of a New Era for a Generation of Buccaneers Fans

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As a child of the '80s, I don't remember much of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they donned creamsicle uniforms with a winking pirate, lovably named Bucco Bruce, on the helmet.
Although as my relatives are quick to point out, there wasn't much worth remembering.
Sure, sometimes my father would have their games playing in the background, but again, it was hardly worth spending an afternoon huddled around the television for.
Looking back, it seemed all the Bucs did was finish last place year after year and waste their first-round pick on a player that never panned out the next spring. After all, from 1983 to 1994, the Bucs went a combined 51-140 (.267) and owned a Top 10 pick in nine of the corresponding drafts, including the top overall selection twice ('86 and '87).
Of all of those Top 10 picks, only T Paul Gruber (No. 4 overall, 1988) lived up to the billing. The Bucs couldn't scout or develop players to save their lives—or their franchise.
But in 1995, a...

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