Warren Sapp is used to being the one
delivering surprises. Thursday, the Bucs turned the tables on the 1996 first-round
Sapp arrived for the his announcement
into the Ring of Honor, but he didn't expect what was coming next.
"Not only will be putting Warren
Sapp's name in the Ring of Honor, but we also will be telling the world that no
one else will ever wear the number 99,'' co-chairman Bryan Glazer said.
Sapp will be the fifth member of the
Ring of Honor. The team will hold the ceremony at halftime on November 11
during the Monday Night game against the Dolphins.
"It's unbelievable. I couldn't
dream of anything like this," said Sapp.
"I want to thank anybody that had anything to do with. Anybody who
put up with my wildness, that overlarge personality and this big ol' mouth of
Sapp will be the second Buccaneer
enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. The seven-time Pro
Bowler finished his career with 96.5 sacks, the second most by an interior
lineman in NFL history.
He set the Bucs' single-season record
with 16.5 sacks, but his greatest achievement was pulling the Bucs out of their
dark age. The Bucs had gone 14 straight seasons with making the playoffs before
Sapp helped them into the postseason in 1997.
"They said Tampa was a place
where careers came to die," Sapp said. "That's a lie. Tampa's a
destination. Tampa's a place where champions live. And we all did it together.
I wouldn't trade it for a day in any other uniform, any other place in the
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