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Warren Sapp gets lobster but bitten by shark in the Florida Keys

Warren Sapp celebrates a Miami Hurricanes victory at the Orange Bowl during the 1994 season.
Warren Sapp celebrates a Miami Hurricanes victory at the Orange Bowl during the 1994 season. Miami Herald staff photo

Former NFL and Miami Hurricanes great Warren Sapp was hunting for lobster on Wednesday around the same time a nurse shark was as well.

Sapp got his prize bug, but it came with a price.

Sapp, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013, posted a picture of a gash in his arm after he was bitten in the arm while lobstering off the Florida Keys.

According to a story written by Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Sapp reached in to grab a lobster when what appeared to be a nurse shark went after it and clipped Sapp.

“I was sticking my hand in a hole and a monster locked on me,” Sapp told the Times. “You’ve got to be careful sticking your hand in some holes down here.”

Captain Jack Carlson told the Times that Sapp “may need stitches” but he continued fishing as did many others on the first day of the lobster mini-season.

“We bandaged it up,” Carlson said, “put some gauze on there, some black electrical tape and hit a couple more spots, then headed in.”

On his Facebook page, Sapp posted not only a picture of his wound, but taunted his attacker as well.

“You should see the condition the shark is in,” he wrote.

Wrote Carlson on his Instagram: “Sapp got the lobster and the shark got his lick in too.”

Sapp, 43, played for the Hurricanes from 1992-94 and was a first round pick of the Buccaneers in 1995. Sapp spent 13 seasons in the NFL with the Bucs and Raiders before retiring in 2008.

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