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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