Clemson Tigers: Catching Up With Former Tiger Ricky Sapp
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” The quote was first said by Ralph Waldo Emerson, but I first saw it on one of my friend’s pictures on Facebook and the words really spoke to me. That friend happened to be former Clemson Tigers Defensive End Ricky Sapp and the picture of him was at a sports banquet he was speaking at for high school players.
Mr. Sapp attended Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School in Bamberg, South Carolina, where he was all-region as a sophomore as well as all-state his junior year after recording 70 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks. In his senior year in high school, he had 82 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks. Ricky Sapp was considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com and was listed as the number one weakside defensive end prospect in the nation. He then chose the Clemson Tigers over Florida State, Georgia, NC State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
In four years as a Clemson Tiger, Ricky Sapp had 142 total tackles, 38 for loss, and he registered 17.5 sacks. He also forced four fumbles and had five pass deflections. In the NFL he would spend time on the Philadelphia Eagles after being drafted in the fifth round (134 overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. He would be a part of the New York Jets, Houston Texans, and Washington Redskins as well in his NFL career.
Since his football career, Sapp has started the Ricky Sapp Youth Football Camp, The Ricky Sapp Foundation, and motivationally spoke to many groups of people. I recently had the amazing opportunity to catch up with him and ask a few questions. Here’s the interview I had with former Clemson Tiger Ricky Sapp.
Jeremy Austin Grace (JAG): What was your time like at Clemson University and what ultimately made you pick the Tigers over other schools?
Ricky Sapp: It was a great experience for me, it was like I met my long lost family. I honestly almost went to Florida State but the more I went back to visit Clemson, the more I started to love the place.
JAG: During your time in the NFL what did you enjoy most about it and what was it like being a part of those organizations?
Ricky Sapp: I think what I enjoyed the most was playing against the best of the best. Being in the locker room with so many great guys, being a part of those organizations was awesome.
JAG: What person or people have been your motivation through you playing football?
Ricky Sapp: My uncle and cousin were a huge motivation for me, as well as my family and friends.
JAG: Since your football career, what do you enjoy doing the most, and what things do you plan to get involved with soon or in the near future that you want to?
Ricky Sapp: I love working with kids and doing motivational speaking. I plan to travel the world and become the number 1 speaker in the world for kids.
JAG: What’s next for The Ricky Sapp Foundation, any kind of big plans coming up?
Ricky Sapp: My thanksgiving event is coming up next. I am also planning to add a celebrity golf tournament.
JAG: So what made you start all your videos on social media like “Talk To Me Tuesday” and “Encouragement Sunday”?
Ricky Sapp: A high school classmate reached out to me and encouraged me to start it, best thing I ever did, I love it, and make sure you watch.
JAG: If you have any words of wisdom or advice for readers and fans what would you give them?
Ricky Sapp: LOVE wins. We were not put here to hate each other, we were put here to serve each other. I LOVE YOU.
I want to thank Mr. Ricky Sapp for the absolutely amazing honor of getting to do this interview and the opportunity to work with him on this. I really appreciate him taking the time to work with me and along with me, IroniqMedia is also thankful for Mr. Sapp for working with us. It’s an honor to have got to do this and it’s a bigger honor to call him my friend.
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