Ravens' defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan was excited to announce he was changing his jersey number from No. 97 to No. 99 in order to honor Hall of Fame lineman Warren Sapp.
Sapp, a former Miami Hurricane, tweeted his displeasure at the prospect of the former Florida State Seminole honoring him. But in reality, the college had nothing to do with it.
Sapp spoke with PewterReport.com and explained that after being connected with Jernigan through a mutual friend, the two exchanged numbers and Sapp pledged to help Jernigan with whatever he needed.
So the draft happened and he had one of those things happen at the draft like I did, where you go a little lower than where you expect to have went. So after that went down I placed a text message and a call to him and said, ‘Listen son, now your career takes off. It’s not where you are drafted, it is what you do after you are drafted that make a career. You can’t have a career until you start one. The way to start one is, go to work. So I just tried to give him some encouragement since I know what that is like to be sitting there and having the world say things about you that makes you almost question yourself. I wanted to give him some reinforcement and say, ‘Hey there were 11 guys picked before me and not one of them can stand and say they have anything on me.'"
After providing Jernigan with encouragement through the NFL Draft prospect, Sapp never heard from Jernigan again, and that did not sit well with him.
That was the last conversation I had with the young man (in 2014). So for someone to say, ‘Hey, I want to pay tribute to someone, and I have their phone number,’ I would think you might want to try and call that person and say, ‘Hey dawg, I was thinking something…’ You know what I am saying?”
As Sapp tells it, it all comes down to a miscommunication
Or, well, a lack of communication.