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Bucs to retire Sapp's number 99

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Warren Sapp is used to being the one delivering surprises. Thursday, the Bucs turned the tables on the 1996 first-round pick.

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 mine."

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 world."

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