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Bucs will retire Warren Sapp’s number

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one retired jersey:  Lee Roy Selmon’s No. 63.  Later this year, they’ll double that number.

During a press conference to announce that soon-to-be Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp will join the team’s ring of honor during the 2013 season, team co-chairman Bryan Glazer said that Sapp’s No. 99 will be retired.

The Ring of Honor induction ceremony will occur at halftime of the team’s November 11 Monday night game against the Dolphins.

At the event, which was attended by multiple former teammates and coach Tony Dungy, Sapp thanked “everyone who put up with his big mouth,” according to Stephen F. Holder of the Tampa Bay Times.

The flash of humility and self-awareness shows that Sapp, who is capable of being loud and brash and downright hostile, has a different side that is far more likeable.  Hopefully the accolades and praise will allow that side to finally win.

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  1. war27 says: May 2, 2013 2:12 PM

    Now if they just paid money for that….

  2. comatrip1 says: May 2, 2013 2:13 PM

    Will they be retiring Tim Tebow’s number?

  3. frogyzero says: May 2, 2013 2:14 PM

    Good, they should.

  4. finsguy says: May 2, 2013 2:17 PM

    I am happy for him I guess and he is in the hall of fame, though only marginally more worthy than Bob Griese, Howie Long, and Paul Krause. I would rather see Derick Brooks’ number going up, but that’s just me.

  5. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: May 2, 2013 2:18 PM

    Eventually teams are going to run out of numbers, then what are they going to use? Hashtags? Surprised Metta World Peace hasn’t done that already.

  6. milkmandanimal says: May 2, 2013 2:19 PM

    Well, yeah. #55 is going to be retired next year.

  7. bearsfanincali says: May 2, 2013 2:19 PM

    Too soon for this. The Buccaneers are just desperate to retire more numbers. Hey Bucs, pay attention. The more you win, the more numbers there will be to retire. Warren Sapp’s history has revealed itself to be a little shady, so I would wait a little longer to be sure that this guy doesn’t embarrass your organization.

  8. trollaikman8 says: May 2, 2013 2:19 PM

    Am I on drugs or was he never really that dominant?
    I watched plenty of football during his era and I just don’t recall him ever dominating like a HoF’er should.

  9. thebluu says: May 2, 2013 2:19 PM

    Next, Sapp tells IRS he lost the Ring of Honor :)

  10. uncletuna says: May 2, 2013 2:23 PM

    The most overrated defensive player in the history of the NFL…

    Glad he’s a Buc…

  11. nfloracle says: May 2, 2013 2:23 PM

    At least this is one ring he won’t be able to misplace when the IRS comes calling.

  12. fdugrad says: May 2, 2013 2:23 PM

    If only WS could get the IRS to do the same with his SS#.

  13. northshorejag says: May 2, 2013 2:23 PM

    Where does that leave “my favorite player”

  14. bigkountry24 says: May 2, 2013 2:24 PM

    You mean Oakland isnt???? I thought that was funny at least.

  15. bcgreg says: May 2, 2013 2:24 PM

    If the Bucs only have one–soon to be two–retired number, can it truly be called a “ring of honor”?

    I suppose if Sapp’s name takes up half the stadium and Selmon’s the other half then you’d have a “ring”.

  16. johnnyjagfan says: May 2, 2013 2:24 PM

    Too bad he had to play in Oakland those final years…

    Good decision by Tampa. Guy was a beast on the field.

  17. bcgreg says: May 2, 2013 2:25 PM

    And, not sure why we have to, but everyone is STILL putting up with Sapp’s big mouth.

  18. dalcow4 says: May 2, 2013 2:25 PM

    Whatever people think of his mouth and personality, he was an incredible player. He was uniquely athletic for a man his size.

  19. godblessredskinsandnooneelse says: May 2, 2013 2:26 PM

    The Bank retire his checking account number too!

  20. tokyosandblaster says: May 2, 2013 2:26 PM

    Nice. Glorify a cheap hitter who basically just tried to end people’s careers.

  21. 69finfan says: May 2, 2013 2:27 PM

    Warren Sapp could play but he definately didn’t pay attention in or attend the how to be a good human being class.

  22. miamatt says: May 2, 2013 2:27 PM

    What took so long?

  23. gotampabay52 says: May 2, 2013 2:29 PM

    Hell yeah #99 WWWARRRREN WAAAARRREEEENNN

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: May 2, 2013 2:29 PM

    Can his retired number be garnished?

  25. rkt4mayor says: May 2, 2013 2:31 PM

    I would hope the Bucs would retire his number.

    They were Creamsicle wimps before Sapp got there.

  26. obsessedvikingfan says: May 2, 2013 2:32 PM

    finsguy says: May 2, 2013 2:17 PM

    I am happy for him I guess and he is in the hall of fame, though only marginally more worthy than Bob Griese, Howie Long, and Paul Krause. I would rather see Derick Brooks’ number going up, but that’s just me.
    —————————

    Paul Krause doesn’t belong? He only holds the record for all time INTs. 20 ahead of any active player. Sapp isn’t worthy compared to Krause at all.

  27. lgbarn says: May 2, 2013 2:33 PM

    trollaikman8 says: May 2, 2013 2:19 PM

    Am I on drugs or was he never really that dominant?
    I watched plenty of football during his era and I just don’t recall him ever dominating like a HoF’er should.

    ——————————————————–

    Name a DT that was better and I’m not talking about 1 or 2 years, I mean for a good 10 year stretch. Sapp is among the best ever and I hate the guy

  28. t8ertot says: May 2, 2013 2:34 PM

    Can they retire him from broadcasting too?

  29. kylexitron says: May 2, 2013 2:34 PM

    is his number actually being retired, or is it going into foreclosure?

  30. rg321 says: May 2, 2013 2:38 PM

    Congrats, a retired number is a big accomplishment. I predict in 2050 that teams will have to using decimals in their numbers (ex. 59.2). The NFL should make a rule where you’re only retire one number every 10 years. JMO
    Hail

  31. skleech22 says: May 2, 2013 2:38 PM

    Really?? Was he that good
    or did he just talk way too much?

  32. u4iadman says: May 2, 2013 2:40 PM

    Eh….never saw him as a HOF player.
    Loudmouth and entertaining I would agree.

  33. oaklegend says: May 2, 2013 2:43 PM

    I wish they could retire his mouth.

  34. marauder6 says: May 2, 2013 2:54 PM

    #63 is the only retired number (RIP Mr Selmon) #99 soon will be officially retired! Notice these are the only 2 Bucs in Canton.

    #42/#40/#47/#55 have not been assigned since the players have hung up the cleats.

    If you are a Bucs fan you know who those numbers belong to. It’s only a matter of time before those are retired also!

  35. ososrule says: May 2, 2013 3:02 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    May 2, 2013 2:26 PM
    Nice. Glorify a cheap hitter who basically just tried to end people’s careers.

    For once, I’m in total agreement with you tokyo! Sapp is a pompous individual and I can’t stand seeing him on NFL network. The guy doesn’t deserve half the credit and accolades he receives.

  36. magicbucs says: May 2, 2013 3:03 PM

    He never had too many impressive numbers but that’s cause he was usually being blocked by 2 linemen. Which made everyone else on that D line go 1on1. His number is being retired for his FOOTBALL play not for his loud mouth on tv these days. Derrick brooks, Jon lynch, ronde barber. In that order the next 3 seasons

  37. dwarftosser says: May 2, 2013 3:03 PM

    He deserves to get his number retired. He doesn’t deserve to be a first ballot HOFer.

  38. brassknuckles47 says: May 2, 2013 3:10 PM

    Sapp was ts!he BIGGEST Cheap-shot artist in all of sports!

  39. whysomanylosers says: May 2, 2013 3:13 PM

    rkt4mayor says:
    May 2, 2013 2:31 PM
    I would hope the Bucs would retire his number.

    They were Creamsicle wimps before Sapp got there.
    ________________________________

    Sapp wore creamsicle too….
    With all due respect to Sapp, Brooks and Dungy, Hardy Nickerson is the person that should be credited with changing the attitude of the locker room. The culture changed when Hardy showed up.

  40. vaphinfan says: May 2, 2013 3:21 PM

    Now if someone would retire his microphone along with Baldys from NFL Network we’d be making some progress.

  41. frankiemontana says: May 2, 2013 3:22 PM

    Now just need the network to retire him

  42. bobleblah says: May 2, 2013 3:22 PM

    A well deserved honor. The year Sapp was drafted the Eagles traded up from number 12 to the Bucs for the 7 to grab the sliding Sapp. I danced circles until I found out that my Eagles had passed on Sapp and picked up Mike Mamula instead. Sapp inexplicably kept dropping all the way down to 12. Great trade. And of course Sapp’s Bucs got to the Super Bowl at the expense of the Eagles as well.

  43. raiderapologist says: May 2, 2013 3:30 PM

    In related new, the Raiders will not be retiring his number. Or any other number.

  44. skleech22 says: May 2, 2013 3:43 PM

    Next thing you know, they will be retiring that mediocre,Patriot fluffing,idiotic HEATH EVANS number! Geesh!!

  45. rxrider2000 says: May 2, 2013 3:46 PM

    Jeremy Shockey is volunteering to do his induction and # retirement speaches.

  46. tampa2betterthanyou says: May 2, 2013 3:50 PM

    Those of you that are asking if he wasn’t that dominant… The stats speak for themselves. This is why he is a first ballot HOF’er and why he DESERVES to be the last player to wear #99:

    96.5 Career Sacks (Second all time for DT to John Randle)
    7 time Pro-Bowler
    6 time All-Pro
    Defensive Player of the Year
    Super Bowl 37 Champion
    19 Forced Fumbles
    12 Fumble Recoveries
    4 INT’s

    Not to mention redefining the DT position, being a key anchor in the “Tampa 2″ defense (along with Brooks, Lynch and Barber) which almost every team either uses or recognizes, and being the benchmark for every other DT that has been drafted since he retired, “Is he the next ‘Warren Sapp’?” There is a reason that he and John Randle are the only two DT’s in the HOF…

    True, he was a PITA off the field, and some of you Packer fans are cry babies about what, at the time, was a legal hit. Sure he failed at being a decent human being, but at the same time, that’s not what’s being measured.

    Please name me ONE other DT that can even come close to those stats and we can have a conversation about him not being worthy of both honors. Like it or not, he deserves both enshrinements.

  47. tampa2betterthanyou says: May 2, 2013 3:55 PM

    Correction about the only two DT’s in the HOF… That’s not accurate. But everything else is.

  48. dvdman123 says: May 2, 2013 4:17 PM

    What happens if an NFL team retires every number? Do they get to use three numbers then omn their jersies…..just asking?

  49. sdffa11 says: May 2, 2013 4:17 PM

    he was good but a 1st ballot HOFer? i thought strahan was better at his position and deserved the 1st ballot more than sapp.

    but sapp is awful on the NFLN. they needed to fire him after the jeremy shockey fiasco.

  50. trollaikman8 says: May 2, 2013 4:33 PM

    Wasn’t Howie Long a DT too? and Randy White, and Reggie White too. I think they’re all in the HoF.

    As far as his 90+ sacks. I guess I just didn’t watch much TB/Oak football.
    I do recall Dana Stubblefield, Reggie White, John Randle, Chester McGlockton, Cortez Kennedy in that same era getting just as much attention.

  51. onebucplace says: May 2, 2013 4:46 PM

    I’d like to once again thank Jon Gruden, that worthless piece of trash, for chasing off Sapp and cutting Lynch so he could sign players like Charlie Garner and 35-year old offensive linemen to huge contracts so he could prove, once and for all, that HE, Jon Gruden, could win a SuperBowl with HIS team – not Dungy’s.

    Thanks Jon.

  52. whitdog23 says: May 2, 2013 4:47 PM

    one word — ridiculous!!

  53. purple28mvp says: May 2, 2013 4:50 PM

    lgbarn says: May 2, 2013 2:33 PM

    trollaikman8 says: May 2, 2013 2:19 PM

    Am I on drugs or was he never really that dominant?
    I watched plenty of football during his era and I just don’t recall him ever dominating like a HoF’er should.

    ——————————————————–

    Name a DT that was better and I’m not talking about 1 or 2 years, I mean for a good 10 year stretch. Sapp is among the best ever and I hate the guy

    JOHN RANDLE

  54. thrstr says: May 2, 2013 5:02 PM

    seems like the Bucs are really reaching for a name to retire, any name

  55. seabreezes51 says: May 2, 2013 5:14 PM

    I remember when the Eagles traded up to draft Mike stinkin Mamula.. And passed on Warren Sapp…. I was furious.

  56. mobuccsfan says: May 2, 2013 5:22 PM

    I think Sapp was pretty darn good…the need for him to be double-teamed in so many games alone is what made him more valuable in my opinion. But I am not sure that he is better than Strahan was and I’m a big Buccs fan. I just think Strahan was overall better–but Sapp contributed pretty well on that D for a long-time. Now his commentary and off-the field crap–I could care less about and can’t stand like many people. But on the field, I can say he deserves this honor–and others like Brooks, Alstott, Lynch and Barber should join him someday–and pretty soon I’d imagine.

  57. bunjy96 says: May 2, 2013 5:34 PM

    marauder6 says: May 2, 2013 2:54 PM

    #63 is the only retired number (RIP Mr Selmon) #99 soon will be officially retired! Notice these are the only 2 Bucs in Canton.

    #42/#40/#47/#55 have not been assigned since the players have hung up the cleats.

    If you are a Bucs fan you know who those numbers belong to. It’s only a matter of time before those are retired also!

    XXXX

    Only #55 will make it

  58. bunjy96 says: May 2, 2013 5:35 PM

    marauder6 says: May 2, 2013 2:54 PM

    #63 is the only retired number (RIP Mr Selmon) #99 soon will be officially retired! Notice these are the only 2 Bucs in Canton.

    #42/#40/#47/#55 have not been assigned since the players have hung up the cleats.

    If you are a Bucs fan you know who those numbers belong to. It’s only a matter of time before those are retired also!

    XXXX

    Only #55 will make it. How could anyone not know who #55 is?

  59. finsguy says: May 2, 2013 5:46 PM

    uncletuna says:
    May 2, 2013 2:23 PM
    The most overrated defensive player in the history of the NFL…
    ———————————————–

    How can you say that when we have Paul Krause in the Hall of Fame? He was a free safety and hit like a girl, who is also a baby. He made Dion Sanders look like Jack Tatum when it came to hits.

    If you ever see the original “hail Mary” where the Cowboys beat the Vikings you see Drew Pearson catch it about the 5 and Paul Krause skipping over Nate Wright on the ground and watching Pearson walk into the end zone. Ed Reed, Ronnie Lott, any decent saftey would have at least blasted him out of bounds….Ok I know I’m off subject and Sapp maybe overrated, but I’m just saying NOBODY is more overrated than Paul Krause. NOBODY.

  60. grudenthediva says: May 2, 2013 5:47 PM

    “Too soon for this. The Buccaneers are just desperate to retire more numbers. Hey Bucs, pay attention. ”

    Hey idiot, pay attention. They’ve only retired two numbers now – Lee Roy Selmon and Sapp. Desperate to retire the second number in their 37 year existence?

    And even when they do the same for Derrick Brooks next year, it will likely be the last for a long time. Surely you’ll be here then to whine about that as well.

  61. tpa43 says: May 2, 2013 5:51 PM

    Sapp was a decent player and had a few good years. Lucky for him he had an in with the media and somehow got the the HOF even over Strahan!

  62. clamus68 says: May 2, 2013 6:29 PM

    John Randle was not better than Sapp, he was as good as Sapp but not as long as Sapp in terms if peak years. I am not a fan, but to say he was anything but utterly dominant is nonsense.

  63. BringBackTheFlex says: May 2, 2013 6:31 PM

    Really? Retire his number? Wow. That is a big deal for a player of his caliber. I guess Tampa doesn’t have many choices, but Sapp never seemed dominating to me. I watched a lot of Oakland games and the few Tampa games that were shown at the time. He never seemed to be THAT good. Seemed to get more press because of his mouth and the team play.

    How he gets in the Hall and Charles Haley doesn’t is beyond ridiculous.

  64. BringBackTheFlex says: May 2, 2013 6:43 PM

    tampa2betterthanyou says:
    Please name me ONE other DT that can even come close to those stats and we can have a conversation about him not being worthy of both honors. Like it or not, he deserves both enshrinements.

    Bob Lilly
    94.5 sacks
    11 Pro Bowls
    7 first team All-Pro
    2 second team All-Pro
    1970’s all decade team
    1960’s all-decade team
    NFL 75th Anniversay All-Time team
    SB 7 Champ
    SB record 29 yard QB sack
    1 TD Int

    Randy White
    52 sacks
    1104 tackles
    9 Pro bowls
    9 first team All-Pro
    SB 12 Champ
    Co-SB MVP
    1980’s All-decade team
    10 Fumbles recovered

  65. tampa2betterthanyou says: May 2, 2013 6:59 PM

    BringBackTheFlex,

    And what do ALL THREE have in common? They are all members of the Hall of Fame.. Mind you, Sapp’s numbers are better save for a few categories.

    Charles Haley does belong in HOF… 100 Sacks in a career is amazing and should be the benchmark for those that didn’t redefine the position. No one say, “Is he the next ‘Charles Haley’?” except for maybe in Dallas or San Francisco. Every DE to ever play the game is compared to Reggie White… And since he retired, every up and coming DT has been compared to Sapp.

  66. BringBackTheFlex says: May 2, 2013 7:13 PM

    You just said to name you other DTs with better stats and more deserving. I didn’t even mention Alan Page, Merlin Olson, or any of the others.

    You should be more specific in the future. I still don’t think Sapp is worth a first ballot induction.

    Every DE is NOT compared to Reggie White. Nice try. And I’ve only heard the reference to Sapp on the NFL channel. No one else talks about him except maybe Bucs fans.

    I think Eric Williams deserves to be in the HoF. He bltched slapped Reggie White every time he faced him. Had him crying at one point. They used to move White to the other side cuz Williams wouldn’t let him get to the QB.

  67. tampa2betterthanyou says: May 2, 2013 7:20 PM

    Maybe not in “Cowboy Land” but in the rest of the NFL loving world, EVERY DE to play the game is trying to match the bar set by Reggie White. Not every player to be the best at their position played for the Cowboys… But, go ahead and keep thinking that every Cowboy to play the game is deserving of the Hall… Everyone has the right to be delusional.

  68. BringBackTheFlex says: May 2, 2013 7:40 PM

    tampa2betterthanyou says:
    But, go ahead and keep thinking that every Cowboy to play the game is deserving of the Hall… Everyone has the right to be delusional.
    ————————-

    I never said that (talk about delusional). I’m most familiar with Dallas players so I know how they’ve matched up against the rest of the NFL.

    No one compares DE’s to White. They compare them to Strahan or JPP, or Feeney, or Seymour.

    White was a dominate player and has the accolades to back it up. He was also a racist, and a cry-baby when he got beat.

  69. cuj0 says: May 2, 2013 8:42 PM

    Sapp revolutionized the modern DT position. One of only 5 players to win Defensive player of the year, SB Champion and have 7 consecutive pro bowls. ( Reggie White, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Greene and Jack Lambert are the others)

    Tampa Bays Defense ranked in the top ten for a decade (top 5 five times in that span).

    HATE all you want, but he is one of the best defensive players of all time, period.

  70. malkinrulez says: May 2, 2013 9:04 PM

    Say what u want about Warren Sapp the man but Sapp was an absolute beast at Dt. If you have forgotten check out his highlights on YouTube.Sapp brought it every week . There may never be a DT like Sapp again. QB killa was a joy to watch.

  71. laxman1944 says: May 2, 2013 9:30 PM

    he wore….Jerome Brown’s number….RIP……..

    Warren wore it well

  72. eddiek77 says: May 2, 2013 10:29 PM

    cujo, that’s utter nonsense.

    Sapp was a good player….and he’d be the first one to tell you that repeatedly. Hall of Famer? Seems that as time goes by, history gets re-written by bleeding hearts like you.

    Oh, and spare me the blather about ‘modern’ D-lineman. The fact that LC Greenwood is NOT in the hall tells you all you need to know about the idiots doing the voting.

  73. thetooloftools says: May 2, 2013 11:39 PM

    In other news, his jersey will also be sued as the retractable roof for future games.

  74. helladonks says: May 3, 2013 12:05 AM

    Why are so many people butt hurt about this? Are you ALL Packers fans?

  75. csilojohnson says: May 3, 2013 8:13 AM

    Great. More validation for that idiot…

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