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Ravens DT chooses 99 in a tribute to Sapp, who asks 'how do I stop this??'

Former Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, now with the Ravens, explained that he was changing his jersey number from 97 to 99 as a tribute to Warren Sapp.

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Former Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, now with the Ravens, explained that he was changing his jersey number from 97 to 99 as a tribute to Warren Sapp.

As a Hall of Fame player, Warren Sapp was always, among other things, memorably outspoken and blunt, so we should only be so surprised when, in retirement, Sapp is memorably outspoken and blunt.

Take Thursday, when former FSU defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, now with the Ravens, explained that he was changing his jersey number from 97 to 99 as a tribute to Sapp. "Just the way he played the game — nasty, ferocious — he came every play," Jernigan told the Ravens' official site. "You definitely knew he was there when he made a play."

Very nice gesture, and the Ravens' official Twitter account tagged Sapp in its tweet announcing the news. Four hours later, Sapp responded, well, like Sapp: "how do I stop this??"

Not what Jernigan or the Ravens expected, of course. Some have pointed out the Sapp, in his defense, went to Miami and Jernigan FSU, so it could just be an odd, awkward extension of college rivalries. Neither Sapp nor Jernigan has followed up on the comment. Sapp has had his share of off-field problems, with arrests last year that cost him a job at NFL Network. The mentions that followed his comment did not disappoint.

[Last modified: Friday, May 27, 2016 1:17pm]

    

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