Hall of Fame membership justifies controversial Colorado football hire, says analyst

Oct 15, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA;  former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Warren Sapp hypes the fans before the
Oct 15, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Warren Sapp hypes the fans before the / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

BuffsBeat's Anthony Kazmierczak believes that Warren Sapp's NFL Hall of Fame membership justifies the gaudy salary of controversial Colorado football GA hire Warren Sapp.

"Despite never having coached before, the $150,000 Sapp will be earning is on the high-end for a graduate assistant football coach," Kazmierczak prefaced before saying, "However, how many graduate assistant coaches can say they have a bust in Canton, Ohio? None, currently."

Sapp has been a polarizing hire who's provoked many a hit pieces since being brought onto Coach Prime's staff in Boulder, though there's no denying that his playing career gives him the ability to speak on most matters relating to the game from a coaching perspective.

But does his playing career justify the gaudy salary? That's what makes those who questioned his character before the hire even angrier.

Colorado football GA Warren Sapp not trusted by one analyst to coach college-aged kids

Though Sapp has endless knowledge of the game of football, he has past charges for domestic violence and prostitution solicitation as well. Those were mistakes made long before Sapp was a blip on the Buffs' radar, but nonetheless, Sapp is not trusted to be around college-aged kids by Mike Farrell Sports' Scott Salomon.

"Sapp avoided jail time in both instances after his lawyers worked out a plea deal that kept him out of the slammer," Salomon prefaced before saying, "I cannot think of any valid reason why a collegiate head football coach that would hire a person with Sapp's criminal credentials, and no coaching record to speak of, to work around college-aged children. They might be tall and might be in their teens, but they are still children."

Infantilizing men in their early-20s isn't overly productive -- Coach Prime mostly uses the transfer portal so the Buffs are typically older than their opponents -- since NFL players can be just as young, and sometimes younger, than college players.

These kids can handle Sapp's presence, but can Sapp handle being part of a program that tried its hardest not to hire him given its past history with domestic violence?

The 2024 season will have the answers to those questions.