After being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in February, Warren Sapp became the newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s Ring of Honor.
Along with those honors, Sapp also had his No. 99 jersey retired, joining former great and fellow Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon as the only two players in team history to have had that distinction.
After the halftime presentation Sapp media with the media and talked about what it meant.
“This felt a lot better than Canton because this is home,” Sapp said. “We raised this thing from the ground up… we brought a world championship. This is home. That felt a little strange in Ohio. I’m a Florida boy, I’m 80 miles from here.
“There’s nothing like coming home to Tampa. Just the feeling… that good old raw feeling. I haven’t had it since we came back and did the 10th anniversary a year ago. It’s just good to see the boys again. It was special.”
Sapp was surrounded by several of his former teammates on the field at halftime, including Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, and Ronde Barber. He was introduced to the podium by Gene Deckerhoff and got quite emotional during his acceptance speech.
“I tried to hold myself,” Sapp said. “But there are so many emotions. I love this game, I love these people, I love everything about game day. It’s tough for me to go out there and feel all those emotions and not be able to bust a little head.”
While Sapp appreciated the honor and the praise bestowed upon him by the organization, the newest Ring of Honor inductee paid tribute to the team’s other Hall of Famer.
“I’m second,” Sapp said. “Lee Roy is the greatest Buc ever. He came from 0-23 (0-26) and all that mess that he went through. He put this thing on his back. It was a 3-4 (defensive) line, he didn’t have three other guys like I did. He was all by himself and he had the left tackle. So Lee Roy is the greatest Buc of us all.”
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