Chucky Saved Warren Sapp’s No. 99July 9th, 2013
Yes, this Nov. 11, a Monday night game no less, the Bucs will retire Warren Sapp’s No. 99.
In a few weeks, Sapp will be the second Buccaneer to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, following in the footsteps of the late, great Lee Roy Selmon.
No one has worn No. 99 since Sapp departed for Oakland, and both Sapp and Bucs fans can thank Chucky for that. Sapp claimed earlier this spring that it was Chucky who saved Bucs fans the pain of watching a lesser player stain that number.
“Only me and Winston Moss wore it, two Canes,” Sapp said to Joe and other media this spring. “I know Winston Moss wore it. Who is going to wear 55 [again]?
“Gruden called me about two years after I left and he said, ‘You won’t believe this but someone came in here and asked for your number.’ I said, ‘What!? What did you say!?’ Gruden said, ‘I told him to leave my office and leave fast. You think I want to look at that number running around? I won’t let anybody wear that number, you crazy?’
“That was pretty cool by Johnny. I knew Raheem wouldn’t [allow anyone to wear No. 99]”
Sapp didn’t divulge who the brazen fellow was who wanted to wear Sapp’s No. 99 (Stylez White, perhaps?), and it didn’t seem Sapp knew who the fool was who had the balls to ask Chucky for No. 99.
Sapp does raise a good question. Just who will wear No. 55?
Joe’s pretty sure Bucs coach Greg Schiano won’t allow such a disgrace to Derrick Brooks. Joe only hopes it is next season, 2014, that the Bucs are honoring the third member of the organization in Canton.
That would be double-nickel himself, Brooks.