It was just a few weeks ago that we learned Warren Sapp would be inducted into the NFL’s Hall of Fame. This week, we learned he will be given an even more rare honor, becoming the fifth member of the Buccaneers’ highest honor for former players and coaches, the Ring of Honor. Sapp joins Lee Roy Selmon, John McKay, Jimmie Giles, and Paul Gruber as the only members of the most exclusive honor in Buccaneers’ history.
Sapp finished his NFL career with 96.5 sacks, 79.5 of them with the Bucs. He was a key member of the most dominant and statistically impressive defenses of the late 90′s and early 2000′s, revolutionizing the under tackle position in the 4-3 defense. He was also the loudest and most recognizable member of the defense, and set the tone for the front four of the Tampa 2 defense with his instinctual aggression.
His inclusion in the Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor was only a matter of time, but this year was the perfect opportunity to coincide with his induction into Canton to join the Hall of Fame. There’s no doubt that Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber, and possibly John Lynch will join Warren in the Ring of Honor eventually, with Mike Alstott also likely to see his number 40 put up in honor of his time in Tampa Bay. But with Warren Sapp being only the second Buccaneer in “The Hall”, he’s more than qualified to be the fifth member of the Ring of Honor ahead of any of the other great Bucs over the years.
This honor for Sapp got us to thinking, and it has inspired a summer-long series, where we will work with you, the reader, to determine the fanbase’s favorite Buccaneer of all time. We’ll set up an NCAA Tournament-style bracket, and we’ll hold voting to choose the winner of every matchup until we reach the final.
So with the news of Sapp joining the Ring Of Honor, and with the idea of a bracket of Buccaneers this offseason, it’s time to look back at our favorite Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Leave your thoughts about who the best Buc of all time is, and who your favorite Buccaneer is as well in the comment section below.