Posted January 29, 2014

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

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Warren Sapp Michael Strahan (Johnny Nunez/Getty Images)

Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan were both seven-time Pro Bowlers. (Johnny Nunez/Getty Images)

Former defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year, doesn’t think one of his peers, defensive end Michael Strahan, deserves to be voted in this year.

Sapp said at Super Bowl Media Day that Strahan, who is one of 15 finalists for the Hall, wasn’t good enough to be enshrined, according to Neil Best of Newsday.

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The two traded barbs when Sapp was elected last season.

Strahan, 42, played 15 seasons for the Giants, was a four-time first-team All-Pro and had 141.5 career sacks, including an NFL record 22.5 in 2001.

Sapp criticized the record, as Brett Favre intentionally slid down in front of Strahan so he could seal it.

The 41-year-old Sapp played nine seasons for the Bucs and four for the Raiders. He was also a four-time first-team All-Pro and finished his career with 96.5 sacks as an interior lineman.

Voting for the Hall of Fame will take place on Saturday.

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204 comments
RetroSpec
RetroSpec

Here is my question to those ppl that say Strahan got helped by Farve for the sack record...Fine take the damn sack record...even Mike said its a curse to have that record...but what about the 21.5 sacks....can you take that away from him...he would still be third in single season sack record...all this crap about the sack record he would still have 5th all time in sacks...cause its still 1 sack...140 sacks in his career...1 sb and those that say OOOOO...SAPP GOT THE SB by himself...lets think about this...SAPP had Brooks, Lynch, Rice and Ronde Barber...SB is won as a team...so stop talking all the BS about Strahan...jeez...Even SAPP apologized to him...Cause he realized he was wrong...

AlexParamo
AlexParamo

I think that they are both deserving BUT Favre did lay down and therefore the NFL should put an asterisks on that record. The sack record still belongs to the legendary Mark Gastineau, who threw his possible HOF career away for Bridgette Nielsen who left him for Sylvester Stallone. Something like that, the world of entertainment and sports live hand in hand! 

AnthonyS.Andrews
AnthonyS.Andrews

I will never understand the need to denigrate a fellow NFL All-Pro. I thought that the NFL was a fraternity. While there was a profound desire to compete, there was also a deep level of respect for one's accomplishments. Too bad that some individuals will simply never get it. Speaking ill of the accomplishments of another only makes you look envious, and to an another extent, stupid and juvenile. At the end of the day, Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan played integral roles within their teams' success. All of which led to their Hall-of-Fame careers and great individual success. Why can't that be enough?

HRDROQ
HRDROQ

If Warren was worthy of his position in football (which I have my doubts), why would he even take a shot at a much classier, and more accomplished player like Strahan? Because he knows he's inferior, jealous of Strahan's success, and let's face it people, Sapp will NEVER MEASURE UP....

RickCooley
RickCooley

In the photo above, why are they so happy?  I thought they have a mutual dislike for one another?  Maybe this photo appears to be taken in a pub somewhere, and they're drunk?!?!?!  Who knows?!?!  I just think that former Tampa Bay Buc needs to SHUT UP!


HoppinBill
HoppinBill

You know what's starting to annoy me?  Tweets as news.  As if the fact that Neil Best tweeted that Warren Sapp said something has any bearing on this story.   Why are those two tweets even embedded here?   Tweets are not news.  

DanTavern
DanTavern

Perhaps the globulous Sapp eyes with envy both Michael's football resume and broadcast resume. Do any doubts linger that Strahan exceeds Sapp in every way in their post-football careers? Strahan waxes more articulate, intelligible, warm, witty, approachable, and genuine when compared to Sapp and many others. Sapp comes across as a fang-baring Jabba the Hutt.

john178
john178

Sapp is a fat slob who couldn't compare to Strahan..What a lardass loser

HeavyKev
HeavyKev

Warren Zapp, as in zapping all my energy when I'm subjugated to his buffoonery on television, was a dirty, dirty player that was the king of the cheap shot followed by a devilish giggle as he's ruined someone's knee.   It makes perfect sense he's continued on with virtually the same thing in his new profession.  He's an evil clown, pure and simple.

RickCooley
RickCooley

Strahan holds the NFL single-season sack record.  Strahan has MORE sacks than him, and he's saying that Michael doesn't belong in the HoF???  Sapp put down the purple drank!!  Michael DOES belong in the HoF!! 

x72
x72

Calm down WS, you guys were both deserving.

duckfan59
duckfan59

Well, Warren, I didn't think you belonged there either. To each his own, I guess.

AllThingsConsidered
AllThingsConsidered

Personal beef... nothing to see here. Strahan deserves to be in the HOF, as did Sapp.

Jamm90
Jamm90

Strahan is obviously helped by the fact he played in New York, but he is a hall of famer no question about it. He was solid against the run, and a pretty good pass rusher, in short a very complete de,  he was also a key player in the giants SB run. And he was well liked and respected y his peers. Sapp on the other hand, was a great pass rusher, not very good run stuffing, a very dirty player and a horrible human being. For everyone calling Sherman a "thug", there´s a real certified thug right there in Sapp.

alhmiel1
alhmiel1

Sapp is just a broke fat slob who is jealous of Strahan's super success after football and Mike's millions.

BarrySoetoro
BarrySoetoro

"Sapp" the name says it all. Strahan is 10x the man that fats sapp is.

6marK6
6marK6

Let's face it, you have a stellar career in one city, you might get in. You have a pretty good career in NYC, you are in!

53029bpotter
53029bpotter

Strahan shouldn't be in the hall of fame, but then neither should Sapp. He was a dirty player, causeing injury to players who didn't even have a chance to protect themselves. The NFL allowing him to be any type of hosting mode relating to the NFL is a slap in the face from all the players past and present. He thinks he can bring his big wide body and what is probably speech material written for him to a studio and be a funny guy will let everyone forget the type of player he was. One year where he had a stronger supporting cast around him is his claim to fame. His claim to fame to get in the NFL Hall of Fame is as strong as Blondie getting into the rock and roll hall of fame. It only cheapens the institution, so it comes down to if Sapp can get in, he has no right to open his big mouth about Mr. Strahan, who, by the way, was not a dirty player, and has more right than Sapp to be there 

GhettoSamurai
GhettoSamurai

Sapp is a loser.   Just another angry fat man when you take away the football.

JosephBagadoughnutz
JosephBagadoughnutz

sapp is in the:  "fathers day confusion HOF"  ,     typical porch primate

JamesT.McGuiness
JamesT.McGuiness

Sapp don't like Micheal's gap. Gimme a break. What's he got to gain by opening his yapp. Go Stra--all the way.

AliciaSolis
AliciaSolis

Sapp is jealous of the Fox gig ,and  then Kelly and Michael ..He can only wish...


Sapp should be grateful he has a job on the NFL Network...He needs that gig to pay off his bankruptcy deal here in Florida...

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

Let's see 141.5 sacks to 96 even if Farve slid down 45 times it would be better than Sapps eh?

BigBlueJuju
BigBlueJuju

I'm not sure what Sapp's beef is with Strahan, but there has to be something going on behind the scenes here.  As I long time Giants fan I admit I might be a bit biased, but I think it's hard to argue that Strahan wasn't one of the top few DLs during his time in the league.

JustinLerner24
JustinLerner24

Warren, here's a Snickers... You get a little mad when you hungry

Sportsredo
Sportsredo

"They" let Sapp off easy. All "they" had to do is ask the easy follow-up question….."Why do you think Strahan doesn't stack up?"  The only stat in the blurb says Stahan had 50% more sacks in his career, not 5%…50%.  Why does Sapp think the way he does in regard to Stahan. Granted, he may not really think very much or very deeply.   Go Seahawks!! 

KingCulpepper
KingCulpepper

@stacyhutchens Sapp was a great defender but also he had one of the best defensive coaches ever including other stud linemen and a great lb core and secondary… the designed package was so beneficial to sapps skill set he had it made contrary to michael he was just a beast off the end team's can game plan off him at his best he wasn't surrounded by a stud dfense but they both deserve to get in hof but strahams individual talent speaks for itself

Don12
Don12

For a number of years the alumni from University of Miami where the most boisterous in the NFL and felt they were the cream of the crop and their s#$%^t didn't stink. Sapp, Shockey, Ray Lewis, and Ed Reed made all kinds of noise just to bring attention to themselves so when they did make an outstanding play the media would immediately be all over them claiming they were the next best thing after toast. The only thing Sapp had going for him was his excessive weight and a mean streak. At least Strahan had technique and a purpose when he rushed the quarterback.

fuggetaboutit909
fuggetaboutit909

please someone tell sapp that his bucs teams had 4-5 pro bowl players on defense almost every year he was on the bucs at every level on the line with the linebackers and in the secondary so offenses could not game plan around sapp alone and allowed him to rack up sacks & tackles.   Strahan did not nearly have the teammates that sapp did during sapp's years with the bucs so Strahan got more of the focus of offenses' protection (Strahan played on the same team with LT his rookie year and LT retired the year after).


now look at sapp once he wend to oakland...... not the same impact at all (to be fair sapp recorded 10 one year for the raiders but still nobody remembers those raiders teams as "good" on defense).

RiseUp
RiseUp

@HRDROQ Are you kidding me sapp had almost a 100 sacks while a DT you do realize sacks are rare for DT's right???? you do realize its much much easier to get sacks from the outside then the middle right???? you also realize that Strahan talked just as much trash as Sapp during his career right???? you also realize that Strahan had to have brett favre help him reach the sack record right????

Ratherbefishing
Ratherbefishing

@HoppinBill Tweets are instant and a timely reflection of current events. Although not necessarily accurate, they are instant. With today's cyber age, instant equals news. We still have to sieve through the fodder to find the facts.

RiseUp
RiseUp

@HeavyKev Funny how you forget to mention Strahan hurting other players knees as well and Strahan needing help from brett favre to do the only thing worthy of talking about in his entire career

RiseUp
RiseUp

@RickCooley Learn the difference moron Strahan played DEFENSIVE END Sapp played DEFENSIVE TACKLE you do realize there's a huge difference between those two positions right???? you also realize that no other defensive tackle in NFL history has more sacks than Warren Sapp right???? Let me explain something to you since you seem to know nothing about football defensive ends are on the ends they have to beat one single offensive linemen and don't generally have to worry about stopping the run defensive tackles are in the middle and have to not only beat two 300+ pound beast in offensive linemen in the middle but have to slow down read the play and determine if it's a run or pass then either tackle the runner,force him to the outside or sack or hurry the qb no one and i mean no one at the DT position did this better than Warren Sapp there have been and currently are many many players who were and are better defensive ends than Strahan that's the difference 

badflounder
badflounder

@RickCooley I am not sure either guy belongs in the HOF, but your sack comparison is meaningless.  DT to DE...of course the DE has more sacks, as he should.  DT's don't get nearly as many.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@Jamm90 So Strahan should be in the Hall because he was 'solid' and 'pretty good' at a couple of things. You don't even sound like you've convinced yourself. Who cares what type of person they are/were.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

Sapp was an interior lineman, dummy. That's a massive number for that position.

misterdeltoid
misterdeltoid

@BigBlueJuju No argument here.  I'm an Eagles fan and if Strahan isn't a hall of famer, then nobody is.

towles
towles

@BigBlueJuju I'm a cowboy's fan and think that Strahan deserves to be in the hof.  


As for Strahan having more sacks than Sapp, interior lineman sacks are more rare than a DE so I don't think you can compare the two. 

RiseUp
RiseUp

@Sportsredo Sapp was a DEFENSIVE TACKLE you do realize DEFENSIVE TACKLE sacks are a lot rarer than defensive end sacks right????

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@KingCulpepper Sapp's played allowed a lot of others to excel at what they do. Great defensive team play usually starts with the strength of the line.

RiseUp
RiseUp

@fuggetaboutit909 Dipshit Sapp had one other pro bowl player on the defensive line and sapp's play gave those other players the chance to be great that's what great defensive play does Strahan had 2 other pro bowl players on the defensive line (osi and JSP) and still couldn't make the impact that Sapp did also Sapp's numbers dropped in Oakland because he got older and Oakland was a completely different defensive scheme that limited sapp as he was the only DT he couldn't commit to the pass rush he had to read the play and determine if it was a run or pass

RickCooley
RickCooley

@badflounder @RickCooleyYes, i concur.  A DT getting a sack is more difficult than a DE getting one, but still, I believe that Warren's assessment of Michael's talent is a faulty one.  Let's give credit where credit is due.  Michael belongs in the hall.  Charles Haley belongs in the hall before Michael.  After all, he's got 5 super bowl rings! 

John64
John64

@Joebuckster  7x pro bowler, 4x 1st-team all-pro, SB champion, 5th in career sacks.  The only players who had more sacks AND more all-pro selections were Reggie White and Bruce Smith.  Strahan is a HOFer.  Period. 

AnthonyS.Andrews
AnthonyS.Andrews

@RiseUp @SportsredoYou are beginning to sound repetitive. The truth of the matter is simple. Both players, despite playing different roles within the line, played major contributions to their teams. They displayed excellence and consistency within their craft, and set a standard in which others have tried to follow. End of discussion. The argument you are attempting to wage is ridiculous and devoid of merit.

RetroSpec
RetroSpec

@RiseUp @fuggetaboutit909  By the way JPP came later...and yes he was impactful player...But I dont think its right for you to disrespect Bucs LB crew or CB...they had Brooks and had Barber...That defense is called one of the best SB defense...because they had a pretty complete team...Why are you so mad at Strahan...Jeez...Rise Up sounds a lot like you are a falcons fan...are you mad cause that Giants Team that won the SB was the same team that beat up Matt Ryan jeez dude...you sound pretty grumpy