The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hold a press conference on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. to announce the next Ring of Honor inductee, but the Tampa Bay Times already knows who it will be: defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.
Sapp was a key part of the Buccaneers' continual streak of playoff appearances during the late '90s and early 2000s, and he was one of the best players on the Bucs' 2002 Super Bowl team. With 96.5 career sacks and an appearance on two All-Decade teams, Sapp is one of the best or arguably even the single best three-technique defensive tackle in NFL history.
Warren Sapp will join former head coach John McKay, defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, as well as offensive tackle Paul Gruber and tight end Jimmie Giles in the Bucs' Ring of Honor. Sapp will be inducted during half time of one of the team's home games next season. With two home games being nationally televised (October 24 vs. the Carolina Panthers and November 11 vs. the Miami Dolphins), it's likely that his induction will come on one of the other dates.
The available games would be September 15 vs. the New Orleans Saints, September 29 vs. the Arizona Cardinals, October 13 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, November 7 vs. the Atlanta Falcons, December 8 vs. the Buffalo Bills and December 15 vs. the San Francisco 49ers. Given the Bucs' rivalry with the Philadelphia Eagles during Sapp's heyday, it seems likely his induction will come on October 13.