Posted January 28, 2014

Michael Strahan responds to Warren Sapp’s criticisms

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Ex-Giants star Michael Strahan is one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Johnny Nunez/Getty Images)

Ex-Giant Michael Strahan (right) is one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Johnny Nunez/Getty Images)

Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan says he doesn’t care what Warren Sapp had to say about him not belonging in the Hall of Fame.

Sapp said earlier Tuesday that Strahan’s resume doesn’t stack up against others who are eligible for the Hall this year.

“Football was part of my life, but it is not my entire life,” Strahan said, via ESPN.com. “So for some guys, maybe that’s their entire life and that’s all they have to hold onto. Playing football, sacking quarterbacks, that was part of my life, and I did it and I moved on. The tiger does not pay attention to the opinion of the sheep.”

SI WIRE: Warren Sapp: Michael Strahan doesn’t belong in Hall of Fame

Strahan has become a media personality since retiring from the New York Giants after the team won the Super Bowl in 2008.

“I am. I’m all hype,” Strahan said. “I lasted 15 years, all hype. I had 141.5 career sacks, all hype. I was always a starter. I played left end, and that made me get sacks. My coaches kept putting me in the game because they felt it gave us the best chance to win, and that was all hype.”


34 comments
Darth_Dirk_Diggler
Darth_Dirk_Diggler

yeah, sapp's argument here just doesn't hold up on ANY level.  and it seems everyone keeps pointing to the Favre-fall-down-on-purpose-record-breaking-sack as reason enough to tear down an incredibly productive career, both statistically and impact on the field (Super Bowl win against a 18-0 patriot team vying for all-time best status kinda decisive here, i think).  Btw- you mimicking parrots who have never actually seen the favre sack-play ... there was no blocking, and he bootlegged (by the play design, not his sense of charity) directly into strahan who had breezed by the telephone post tackle and any way you slice it - he was screwed; and dropped to the ground simply, adn utterly out of self-preservation.  check the tape.  sapp was amazing (no doubt) but he is smoking poppies on this on (HAS TO BE BAD BLOOD SOMEWHERE ... i.e., strah f'd his mom (a la Delonte West & Mrs. King James)  who knows?  fact is you plebs don't

TexFarnsworth
TexFarnsworth

Michael Strahan is class. Spp(?) Michael is an asset to "Ripa & Michael" as well as a great commentor on TV for football. If Sapp thinks he belongs in the HOF, guess he should check the record.

logician999
logician999

Its funny.  Strahan beats Sapp in every category, Sacks (141.5 to 96.5), Tackles (667 to 438), Forced Fumbles (24 to 19), Games (216 to 198), tied in interceptions.  Maybe silly Sapp should have rejected his own induction into the hall. 

axmickl
axmickl

Sapp made those of us who were Bucs fans laugh from tome to time. He had little class off the field and still has very little class. Its silly to put someone in the HOF for being a comedian. His play was boosted by his teammates and without them he was average at best.

ghostofpaterno
ghostofpaterno

Isn't Sapp bankrupt•••••••spend more time trying to feed your multiply kids mouths from different mothers.  Nothing but a washed up fat fool!


eagleeye502001
eagleeye502001

Maybe Warren figures if he runs his mouth enough the Seahawks will offer him an assistant coaching position-defensive backs with Richard Sherman?

SallyForth
SallyForth

Vermont Dude - spot on post.  Thanks.


9yanks7
9yanks7

 I've always wondered how Sapp got in.  He should just keep his mouth shut, since he obviously has nothing intelligent to say.

VERMONT DUDE
VERMONT DUDE

Sapp was a fat overweight football player who ran his mouth too much.

He is in the hall of fame, but I always thought he was over rated. His teammate Derrick Brooks should have gotten in before him.

He went to the Raiders and was a dud.  If he was that good he would have dominated there as well. Instead he took a big payday, and gave the raiders 19.5 sacks in 58 games....  a total of .33 per game. If that is considered HOF material then that's a joke.  Sapp had those 19.5 sacks at age 32-35.  Strahan had 37 sacks for same time, AND added another 9 sacks at age 36. Strahan was also one of the better run defenders of his era too, so for Sapp to run his mouth shows the AZZ that he is.  Plus Sapp has the incredibly cheap shot on the Green bay lineman to his resume... Another great HOF stat...

x72
x72

Both were good

PhD
PhD

Sapp was actually the blowhard that should have been passed over.

Starstruck
Starstruck

The NFLN needs to rotate and replace so-called analysts like Sapp and Dukes whose routines have gotten lame with those big ol' Sambo grins replacing good analysis. I stopped watching Inside the NFL on Showtime because of Sapp's lame presence. Then again, the NFLN needs to be totally revamped back to the early Rich Eisen managed format without all the token women and egotistical ex-players. Total Access has become almost totally unwatchable with it's bimbo-driven format. I don't think any of the other talking heads even like the whiny-voiced Chris Rhodes - an import from the MLB network. 

tonderick
tonderick

i don't really know how getting into the h.o.fame works but this is how i think it should work. 

if your stats are better than anybody in the h.o.fame at your position than you should be voted in. 

because as we go forward we know that stats will improve just like track records. why should someone in track be voted into the track hall of fame with a time in the 40 yard dash less than the time of someone who won gold or silver medals.now if you can be voted in by your piers i can see that too because we as spectators don't really know what goes on in the game. there are recievers and running backs that can name people who played the game but are not considered for the h.o fame that  would say hit them harder than anybody they know thats in the h.o.fame. but the spectators may never know that about those players.but lastly i think it should be base on you career stats and not one year at all.

PritchBomb
PritchBomb

Ask Jon Runyan if he thinks Strahan should be in the HOF.

Jttrick
Jttrick

Strahan was as good if not better than Sapp with ten times the class.   If it comes to a "War of Words" Sapp is bringing a knife to a gun fight. 

AmySkene
AmySkene

Sapp keeps on losing.  This is the point in life when you realize a real college education might have been helpful Warren.  Strahan is *at least* as deserving of a place in the HOF as Sapp.

j7apple
j7apple

The tiger does not pay attention to the opinion of the sheep.”   classic   pay attention Sapp, you may learn something

AustinRoth
AustinRoth

I think Sapp should learn from what Sherman just said, paraphrasing, "A man should not build himdelf up by tearing someone else down".


Sapp was great. Strahan was great. They are both HoF worthy, and I am fairly sure there is room for both of them.

BigBlueJuju
BigBlueJuju

For me the question is how many other defensive ends from the same era would you rank above Strahan.  I think there was at least some overlap with Reggie White and Bruce Smith, so I'd give you those.  Who else?

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

Sick em Michael....warren wasn't to good at math in school anyways.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

Sapp just got destroyed in this exchange.

Kpath
Kpath

There will always be discussions about what makes a HOFer. I think if a player dominates his position for a number of years, needs to be schemed against, and comes up big in big games, then he has a right to be in. I am from NY and watched the Giants a lot. I don't think Strahan met these criteria. And the season sack record is a non-issue. He had 21.5 real sacks that year. Not to belittle that great feat, but the "record" (22.5) should not get him in automatically.

Sapp, on the other hand was dominate and I think he should be there.

PurpleCity52
PurpleCity52

Both of them won rings with their teams I think both of them run off at the mouth too much at times.. I guess both should be considered for the HOF... I'm not a fan of either but I don't hate them...

bmccarthy1274
bmccarthy1274

Nothing more than a sheep amidst the wolves. Wasn't sapp a dt? He went up against guards. And still had way way fewer sacks. How many teams did he play for because nobody wanted him around anymore? He is just jealous because the world loves strahan and they could care less about that dope. He should worry more about paying his back child support than he is about you. Congrats sapp. Now you get to make a living off selling your autograph. Lol. Loser.

davidhudsonone
davidhudsonone

@Kpath  Strahan beats Sapp in every category, Sacks (141.5 to 96.5), Tackles (667 to 438), Forced Fumbles (24 to 19), Games (216 to 198), tied in interceptions.  Maybe silly Sapp should have rejected his own induction into the hall. 

fuggetaboutit909
fuggetaboutit909

@Kpath  you are what i consider to be a dummy..... 


here is the criteria.... did offenses have to game plan around Strahan game in/game out and year in/year out?  you bet your sweet buppy they did. 


AND you can say that sapp is a product of his environment too I was a big fan of sapp's bucs teams but let us be honest THEY HAD 6 PRO BOWL PLAYERS damn near every year on the defense at ever level LINE-LINEBACKERS-SECONDARY so how much "help" did sapp get where offenses could not focus on sapp alone.  now flip that to Strahan?  NYGiants teams did not sport multiple defensive pro bowl players until maybe the last few years of Strahan's career.  could teams focus their protection towards Strahan almost exclusively??? yeah.... he still got 141.5 sacks and stopped the run just as well.

PhilipBrown
PhilipBrown

@bmccarthy1274

Sapp played for Tampa and the Raiders in his career

Here are his career numbers

His 96.5 career sacks (100, playoffs included) are the second-highest career sacks for a defensive tackle and the 28th highest overall for a defensive lineman. His 77 sacks with the Buccaneers ranks as the most ever recorded in the team's history. 

jroane
jroane

@MatthewEugeneHaag @PhilipBrown @bmccarthy1274 

Comparing stats is a futile endeavor. They played totally different positions. Def Tackle is not a primary sack position since they dominant ones will always be doubled with center or Off Tackle. Def end is a primary sack position and the double team is usually a back, maybe a TE, quite a difference. Also interior def lineman's primary job is to occupy, so that linebackers (and a lesser extent Def Ends) can make plays. In the end, they both have HOF credentials.

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@PhilipBrown @bmccarthy1274 So matching your stats and put into perspective for others then.  Sapps Career 96.5 sacks, 438 tackles (another 135 assisted),  4 career interceptions (with one TD), 12 forced fumbles, and the afformentioned 1 Defensive TD in 198 Games over 13 years.  Hmmmm The numbers seem to weight HEAVILY in favor of Strahan.