08/06/2012 02:15 pm ET

Warren Sapp Air Jordans: Former NFL Star Auctions $6,500 Sneaker Collection (PHOTOS)

Former NFL defensive tackle Warren Sapp is auctioning off his entire collection of size 15 Air Jordan sneakers, which is worth about $6,500.

According to TMZ, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star is putting 240 pairs of rare sneakers up for auction in an effort to pay back some of his creditors. Some of the shoes are used, while others have never been worn.


The classic sneakers, which were designed and produced for Nike by now-retired basketball legend Michael Jordan, remain popular collectors' items.

Sapp, who filed for bankruptcy in April, allegedly has millions of dollars in debt, including hundreds of thousands of dollars "in child support payments to four different mothers," the Daily Mail reports.

Sapp played nine seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and helped lead the team to victory in Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002. But the defensive lineman's NFL career is possibly more infamous for the numerous controversies that stained it.

In 2002, Sapp blindsided an offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers, a play that resulted in a severe injury. Sapp's "joviality" after the controversial hit prompted a verbal conflict between the lineman and Packers coach Mike Sherman.

Sapp also drew criticism for his unorthodox practice of "skipping" through players of several opposing teams during pre-game warm-up exercises, according to USA Today.

In 2007, while playing for the Oakland Raiders, Sapp was ejected from a game for unsportsmanlike conduct following an altercation with an NFL referee, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

LOOK: A Few Of Sapp's 240 Pairs Of Rare Nike Air Jordans



Warren Sapp Air Jordans Photos