(Via Buccaneers Press Release) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they will induct first-ballot Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp into the club’s Ring of Honor during halftime of Tampa Bay’s home Monday Night Football game against the Miami Dolphins on November 11. The team will also formally retire No. 99 in honor of Sapp’s remarkable contributions to the franchise.
Sapp (6-2,300), was drafted by the Buccaneers in the first round (12th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. He played nine years with Tampa Bay, appearing in 140 games and starting 130, while also starting each of his nine postseason contests. He continued his career playing four seasons with the Oakland Raiders, and retired having played in 198 career games with 188 starts, recording totals of 695 tackles, 96.5 sacks, four interceptions with one touchdown, 26 passes defensed, 20 forced fumbles and 12 fumble recoveries. He also has three blocked field goals and three touchdown receptions to his name.
An integral cog in one of the league’s top defenses of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Sapp helped lead the 2002 Buccaneers to a world championship in Super Bowl XXXVII. He earned numerous other accolades, including seven Pro Bowl nods, four first-team All-Pro nominations, two second-team All-Pro nominations, NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors, and was twice named to the NFL All-Decade Team.
Sapp’s 96.5 sacks stands as the second-most by an interior lineman in league history and he is often credited for having helped revolutionize the defensive tackle position. He set Tampa Bay’s single-season record with his 16.5 sacks in 2000, the third-highest total ever recorded by a defensive tackle. In each of his last seven seasons with the Buccaneers, the team’s defense ranked in the league’s Top 10.
In 2013, Sapp was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a first-ballot inductee. He joins Lee Roy Selmon as the only other player spending a majority of his career with the Buccaneers to earn the sport’s highest honor.
Sapp’s No. 99, which will also be retired formally at the November 11 game, joins Selmon’s No. 63 as the only other number to be retired in team history.
The Ring of Honor is prominently displayed at Raymond James Stadium and recognizes the individuals who have made the most significant contributions to the history of the franchise.