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May 1, 2013 @ 8:35 am
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Sapp To Be Tampa Bay's 2013 Ring Of Honor Inductee

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Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp will be Tampa Bay's fifth member of the team's Ring of Honor and the Buccaneers will hold a press conference on Thursday to announce the selection. Sapp notched 96.5 career sacks over his career, including 77 for Tampa Bay.
Five years after playing his last snap in the NFL, Warren Sapp’s 2013 has been a year of accolades.

Sapp earned a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year on his first year of eligibility and on Thursday will receive another prestigious honor – being the 2013 Buccaneers Ring of Honor inductee.

“If you look around this league and see all those great names up in the stadiums in cities like Chicago, Green Bay and Minnesota, the Ring of Honor is like the who’s who of the who’s who,” Sapp said in a published report in the Tampa Tribune. “Your name is up there right next to the Coca-Cola sign. Think about all the bowl games, the concerts, the monster truck shows at Raymond James … your name is always sitting there.’’

The Buccaneers will host a news conference on Thursday at One Buccaneer Place to announce Sapp as the fifth member of the Ring, following fellow Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon, former head coach John McKay, tight end Jimmie Giles and longtime left tackle Paul Gruber.

Sapp was selected in first round (12th player overall) by Tampa Bay in 1996 and was named to All-Rookie Team. During his career Sapp amassed 96.5 career sacks despite playing on interior of defensive line and recorded double-digit sack totals four times. Sapp was named 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year after helping lead Tampa Bay to first division title in 18 years. Sapp also recorded career-high 16.5 sacks and was a first-team All-Pro four straight times (1999-2002. The former Hurricane star selected to seven Pro Bowls and was named to NFL’s All-Decade Teams of the 1990s, 2000s.

In nine seasons with the Buccaneers Sapp never had less than five sacks except in his 1995 rookie season. To put this in perspective Gerald McCoy made this season’s Pro Bowl with five sacks. During that nine-year stretch with the Buccaneers Sapp collected 77 quarterback takedowns, including his monster 1999 season in which the former Hurricane had an amazing 16.5 sacks.

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    wish he was still playing for us
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    No one says that we can't play catch up and get some more players in the Ring of Honor. Why are we doing one a year? It's Tampa Bay history, and its our stadium; why can't we have more players honored? I mean for several years the guy was our offense. Based on what has occurred so far, Wilder should have been in the Ring of Honor already, not Culverhouse. For several years everybody knew that Wilder was either going to run the ball or catch the ball and he was great. Next it should have been Brooks then Sapp. Don't get me wrong, Sapp is a great Player. Somebody help me out here.
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    I agree Horse. Hugh Culverhouse's ex wife turned his picture face down after she learned about the job he tried to do on her and their children's inheritance after his death. Big Hugh Baby should be in the Hall of shame or the ring of dishonor. Wilder will probably make it at some point. In my opinion Warren Sapp is the greatest player on the field in Bucs history, I give him the edge over even the great Leroy Selmon. He was like an anvil !!! Sapp was the glue that made the Bucs defense work. Hardy Nickerson , Sapp, Brooks, Rice, Lynch and Barber were the guys that helped put the Bucs on the map as a serious contender. But Sapp could pressure the QB like no DT ever and he could stop the run too. He allowed the other players to Tee off because they knew nothing was going to happen up the middle. I had never seen a DT as quick and violent as Sapp. He was a joy to watch because he really did so many unbelievable physical plays. Sapp was smart as a whip too. I even liked to hear him hold court in the locker room. I saw him coaching up the DTs on NFL network "Path to the Draft". It showed the human side of Warren and how well he worked with people. He has great people skills . There is much more to this man than some of the "Thin Skinned" Tampa media could ever see. First year ballot Hall of Famer !!!!
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    jrwilson85, I can't really disagree with what you have said. Well thought out and factual. You changed my thought of Brooks before Sapp.
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    Mark do we know which game this will be yet?
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    No but we will find out today at the press conference most likely.
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    Sapp should have made our ring of honor before the Hall of Fame! And Williams who was the QB who got us to the playoffs and our first playoff win over the powerhouse Eagles should be there too.
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    Not the way he wanted, but Brooks did finish his career here. Sapp is the second Buc to make the hall, how could they not have picked him for the ring of honor in the same year?
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    I'D SAY WAY TO GO WARREN SAPP. IT IS REALLY ASHAME THAT WARREN SAPP,DERRICK BROOKS & JOHN LYNCH NEVER FINISH THEIR CAREERS AT TAMPA. I HOPE THAT THE OWNERS WILL REMEMBER THESE MEN AND HOW MUCH THEY WERE TAMPA BAY. IAM VERY PROUD TO SEE WARREN SAPP PLAY FOR THE BUCS. I HOPE THAT THE OTHER THREE BROOKS,LYNCH AND BARBER WHEN HE FINISH PLAYING THEY ALL WOULD GO INTO THE HALL OF FAME AND OF COURSE TAMPA RING OF HONOR. THEY ARE GREAT FOOTBALL PLAYERS ON AND OFF THE FIELD. GO BUCS
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    And to think back in 1995 many bemoaned drafting him and that little hybrid linebacker/safety from FSU.
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    Scubog not me. I am a Hurricane and Noles big fan and I thought the Bucs had the best draft getting both of them that year. Thank you Sam Wyche; the best drafting Coach we had so far.
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    Not me either Scu I remember rejoicing with a fellow Bucs Fan in AZ praying Sapp would fall to us and I also loved Brooks, now Lynch surprised me I didn't care for that one
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    jongruden, when I saw John Lynch late in the 4th quarter stop Jerome Bettis twice and Reggie Brooks once for no gain inside the 5 yard line of a game that Notre Dame could only win with a touchdown. I said "Who the hell is this guy?" John weighed in at 220 soak and wet and the Bus went in at over 250 and was a big time intimidator on short yardage situations. The Bus had run over the Gators in the Sugar Bowl the previous year. I remember thinking "Where does a guy his size get the power to stop the Bus ?" Lynch arrived with a nasty disposition and no one ever intimidated him. I couldn't believe he was available in the 3rd round that year. I was thrilled when we signed him.
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    With Warren being the second Buccaneer going into the NFL Hall of Fame, it could BE no other player! Deserved and fitting and can't wait to see it done at the Ray Jay.
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    Last to the party on this one PR.... very disappointed in the coverage this past year. Sorely lacking!!
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    One of the Greatest Players this Organization has ever had. He was a clown sometimes but when he was on the field, he was lethal.
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    Great honor for the player that personified Bucs Defense, Congrats!
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    Very well deserved! Go Sapp!
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    I'd rather see him back on the field for the Bucs doing spot duty as a DE on pass plays! Old, out of shape and in the wrong position, he may still be better than anything we have today.
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    Not surprising news. I'd imagine his induction will take place during the Monday night game against Miami.
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    Glad to see him in the Ring of Honor
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