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Patrick Sapp | NFL Veteran and “ONE Clemson” Founding Member

Episode 102: Patrick Sapp | Former NFL & Clemson Football Player and “ONE Clemson” Founding Member

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Rich Take On Sports

Show Notes:

  • Rich Spotlight: Patrick Sapp
    • Has always been intrigued by fashion that comes from his parents
    • Owned a clothing store “Coast2Coast” in Jacksonville, FL but was too difficult to manage while living on the west coast playing in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers
    • Grew up in Jacksonville, FL the youngest of six kids (3 boys/3 girls)
    • Every day was competition in the Sapp household but filled with love
    • Around a lot of devastation growing up in Jacksonville and his own sister was addicted to crack but she has been clean for 15-years now
    • Had guys that didn’t allow him to do things that he shouldn’t do because they knew he had the athletic ability that could carry him out of the tough neighborhood
    • Football was his first love because his brothers played and that’s just what you did
    • The challenge today for getting kids outside to play in the neighborhood is because there aren’t as many kids playing today and the sense of community is gone
    • Recruited for both basketball and football and his plan was to play both sports
    • Clemson, Syracuse, FSU were the 3 main schools and Syracuse recruited him hard but the weather and distance were the biggest factors
    • Made the decision himself to move from QB to LB his senior season and the Clemson coaches didn’t think he could make the move at first
    • Drafted in the 2nd round of 1996 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and even knew on draft night that he would be more than just a football player
    • Junior Seau was a mentor to him while in San Diego
    • Eddie George was one of the toughest running backs in the NFL and Larry Allen was the hardest person to play against
    • Words of Wisdom from Patrick Sapp:
      • “Belief that you can do anything.”
      • “God challenges us in life purposefully.”

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Featured Image Photo Credit: 96.3 The Block

About the author, Richmond Weaver

Richmond, a graduate of Clemson University has been involved with sports for most of his life and developed a passion for basketball and sports at an early age. He currently lives in Greenville, SC with his wife Karen, founder of Upstate Esthetics and their three kids.

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