Where Is Warren Sapp Now? Joining Colorado University

June 11, 2024

Warren Sapp, an NFL Hall of Famer, is joining Colorado's staff as a graduate assistant. He recently earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Seminary Christian University and is currently taking graduate classes at Colorado University.

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Introduction by Deion Sanders

Sapp was introduced to the team by Colorado's coach Deion Sanders in a video posted by Thee Pregame Show. In the video, Sapp mentioned his enthusiasm for building a strong foundation and expressed his readiness to assist players.

Role Clarification

Despite introducing himself as a "senior quality control analyst" in the video, the school clarified that Sapp would function as a graduate assistant. Graduate assistants can directly coach players on the field, unlike analysts who do not have this permission. NCAA rules allow a coach to serve as a graduate assistant for a maximum of three years.

Sapp’s Football Career

Warren Sapp played 13 seasons in the NFL, starting as a first-round draft pick in 1995. He played nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, earning six All-Pro honors and seven Pro Bowl selections. He made it to the NFL's 1990s and 2000s All-Decade Teams, and his No. 99 jersey was retired by the Buccaneers.

College Achievements

In college, Sapp was a standout defensive lineman at Miami, achieving unanimous All-American status and winning the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 1994. He also received the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Transition to Coaching

Deion Sanders announced in December that Sapp would be joining the coaching staff. Sapp’s hiring continues Sanders' trend of bringing in former NFL coaches and standout players.

Other Notable Hires by Sanders

Deion Sanders has also brought in other former NFL assistants to strengthen the Colorado staff, such as Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur and Defensive Coordinator Robert Livingston, both with significant NFL assistant coaching experience.

Offensive Line Coach Phil Loadholt

Sanders has also added Offensive Line Coach Phil Loadholt, who started 89 games for the Minnesota Vikings from 2009-15, to his staff.

Conclusion

Warren Sapp's addition to the Colorado Buffaloes as a graduate assistant underscores Deion Sanders' strategy of enriching the coaching staff with experienced NFL talent, aimed at building a more competent and resilient team for the upcoming seasons.

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