Tampa, FL-- In a surprise announcement Thursday, Bucs' Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer said the team will retire Warren Sapp's #99 at his Ring of Honor ceremonies Nov. 11.
It caught Sapp by surprise as he was wrapping up comments about his selection to the Bucs' Ring of Honor.
News leaked Thursday that Sapp would be the 5th member of the Ring of Honor. Glazer announced that the ceremony would be at halftime of the Monday Night Game, Nov. 11, against the Miami Dolphins.
Buc teammates like Brad Culpepper, Mike Alstott, Ian Beckles, Tony Mayberry, and Martin Gramatica... along with coach Tony Dungy... gathered in the One Buc Place auditorium to hear Sapp talk about his glory days.
He also reminisced about his childhood in the small Central Florida town of Plymouth, near Orlando.
"It was my home, my hood," Warren told 10 News. "My grandma always installed in me, 'never forget where you come from, boy'... I remember all those days."
He also remembered that his mom, Annie Roberts, who was at the ceremony today, used to hide her eyes when Warren played as a youngster, because she didn't want to see her youngest child get hurt.
"That's why I wasn't allowed to play until the 11th grade, she was afraid I was going to get hurt," said Sapp. "My older brothers were all running backs and they would come home all broke up... And she said, not for my baby, and I was the last one."
"From high school to college, and even into the pros until I learned the game, I would cover my face," Annie Roberts said. "Until a friend taught me the game, and I could relax a little."