When an old pro like Warren Sapp shows up at a Tampa Bay Bucs media event wearing team colors, looks the camera straight in the eye and calls you out by name, a young whippersnapper like Da'Quan Bowers is bound to take notice.
The Bucs are expecting big things from the former Clemson star and Nagurski Award winner this year - his third after two injury-hampered seasons in the league.
Sapp, who'll soon be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame for terrorizing quarterbacks during his career as a Buc, made it clear that he's expecting big things of Bowers, as well.
"I'm issuing a challenge to Da'Quan Bowers," Sapp said during a press conference. "Last time I checked if you wear pewter and red, you're hunting the quarterback here."
A few minutes later, during an interview with Buccaneers.com, Sapp looked into the camera, spoke directly to Bowers and said, "Son, it's time to wake up. You wear pewter and red. We hunt, here. That's the way it is. That's the rule. That's the law."
Bowers, who was brought along slowly his rookie season after having knee problems in the spring, suffered a torn Achilles tendon before the 2012 season. He came back ahead of schedule and contributed late in the season.
When on the field, he's had his moments, but his two-year resume includes just 4.5 sacks. He's being projected as a starter for the Bucs this season.
Sapp, one of most feared pass rushers in NFL history, finished his 13-year NFL career with 100 sacks, including a team-record 77 in nine seasons with the Bucs.