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Warren Sapp to donate brain for medical research

Hall of Famer says he's worried about his memory loss

1972: Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who played 13 years in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders, is born in Orlando, Florida. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection won a championship with Tampa Bay in
1972: Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who played 13 years in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders, is born in Orlando, Florida. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection won a championship with Tampa Bay in (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

MIAMI – Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp is donating his brain for medical research.

Sapp, who played at Apopka High School and the University of Miami, announced on social media Tuesday that his brain will go to the Concussion Legacy Foundation after his death.

The 44-year-old said in a statement that he's started to feel the effects of the many hits he took during his 13-year NFL career. He said he's specifically become concerned about his memory.

Sapp said he hopes his donation can help prevent concussions and permanent brain damage for future football players.

Sapp played defensive tackle from 1995-2003 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he earned seven trips to the Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl ring in 2002. He then played for the Oakland Raiders from 2004-2007.