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NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp Bitten by Shark While Lobster Fishing

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The former defensive tackle was bitten by shark while out fishing for lobster. 

NFL Hall of Famer defensive tackle Warren Sapp suffered a nasty-looking bite to the arm from a shark while lobster fishing on Wednesday.

It's probably not often someone gets a good jab in on the six-foot, two-inch, 300-pound defensive tackle who was known for terrorizing opposing quarterbacks during his playing days. Sapp was lobstering with Two Conchs charter in the Florida Keys out of Marathon when the incident occurred.

"He was lobstering with me and a shark bit Sapp while he was grabbing the lobster," the charter's captain Jack Carlson told the Tampa Bay Times. "He's OK."

Carlson posted a photo of the deep-looking bite on Instagram. "The shark wanted the lobster just as bad as Sapp," he wrote with the post. "Sapp got the lobster and the shark got his lick in too."

The shark was about four feet long and Sapp just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Carlson told the Tampa Bay Times a witness thought it was a nurse shark.

"The sharks hang around those lobster holes, because they feed on the lobster as well," Carlson told Tampa Bay Times.

But apparently Sapp loves his lobster. He wasn't going to let the bite ruin the day even though the injury appeared to be serious enough for stiches. "We bandaged it up, put some gauze on there, some black electrical tape and hit a couple more spots, then headed in," Carlson told the paper.


Sapp posted a photo of their catch on his Twitter account later in the day. He also posted an additional photo of the shark bite on Facebook with the caption: "You should see the condition the shark is in."

Since his NFL playing career ended, Sapp is becoming pretty well known in the fishing industry. He's made high-profile appearances at ICAST sportfishing trade event and has even picked up some sponsors such as Huk Performance Fishing Gear.

His Twitter and Facebook accounts are full of fishing photos and videos these days, including, ironically enough, one of him catching a shark back in February.

No word yet on if Sapp had to get stitches for his injury. But, like any true fisherman, Sapp isn't going to let the bite slow him down either. He indicated in a Twitter post Thursday morning he'd be out for round two of lobster fishing today.


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NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp Bitten by Shark While Lobster Fishing