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November 12, 2013 @ 12:43 am
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Sapp Humbled By Ring Of Honor Induction

Written by Haley
Cornish
Haley Cornish

Haley
Cornish

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The Buccaneers welcomed Warren Sapp as the newest member of their Ring of Honor during halftime of Monday night's 22-19 win, and the man with a reputation for toughness, among a number of other descriptions, was quite emotional during the induction ceremony.
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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    how about it fans-come on back this year>and beat atlanta
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    i think he gave tribute to the man LEE ROY SELMON he is one class act. When Lee Roy played for Tampa He was very Humble when I met him where the old sears store stood where the BUCS HQ's stands now. May GOD Bless all the Bucs players that played for TAMPA. I think this is a turning point. And LOOKED OUT LEAD Tampa Bay is here to upset everyone the last 7 games of 2013. WHY NOT.TAMPA NEEDS TO TRY TO GO TO 8 &8 AND FINISH STRONG.WHY NOT. EVER SINCE TAMPA WON IT ALL-THE ENTIRE LEAGUE DIDNOT RESPECT THE BUCS WELL FANS LETS PACK IN THIS SUNDAY AGAINST FALCONS. AND KILLED THEM AND MAKE THEM 2 &8 TIED WITH TAMPA AT 2 &8. GO BUCS
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    Congrats Big 99!! You deserve it.
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    THANK YOU SAPP FROM APOPKA.........
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