SI: Best player who ever blocked you?
Sapp: Nobody can block me. But I guess it would be Randall McDaniel and Larry Allen.
SI: Howard Dean or George Bush in 2004?
Sapp: Who is Howard Dean?
STAR IN THE MAKING
Vikings cornerback Brian Williams
Desperate for help in the secondary, Minnesota signed free agent Ken Irvin in the off-season and penciled him in at right corner. But with Irvin slowed by a dislocated big toe, Williams, a 2002 fourth-round draft pick out of North Carolina State, won the job in training camp. Coach Mike Tice says the 5'11", 207-pound Williams is the most instinctive defensive back on the team. In the Vikings' season-opening upset of the Packers, his end-zone interception and 77-yard return late in the first half set up a Minnesota field goal. He followed up with five tackles and a sack in a win over the Bears on Sunday. "And he's our best special teams player," says Tice. "How many players play every defensive snap and every special teams snap?"
How far has Rams quarterback Kurt Warner fallen? Here's a look at the first eight starts of his career versus the last eight.
MY TWO CENTS
1. Slowed by ankle and hamstring injuries, seven-time All-Pro offensive lineman Larry Allen often misses practice and is unreliable in games. Allen turns 32 in November, and with a salary-cap number of $5.6 million in 2004, expect him to be a cap casualty after this season.
2. If I were Colts owner Jim Irsay and my home opener against the division-rival Titans didn't sell out in time to lift the local TV blackout, this is what I'd be thinking: Los Angeles, here I come.
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