NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan have been feuding for years, and Sapp fired another round of shots on Tuesday.
Sapp has a real problem with Strahan getting into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which could very well happen on Saturday when the inductees for 2014 are announced. Strahan, like last year, is a finalist.
“I don’t think his resume stacks up when you put Tony Dungy, Walter Jones, Marvin Harrison and Derrick Brooks up,” Sapp said on the NFL Network. “Those are four first-ballot Hall of Famers.”
He didn’t stop there. In fact, he went for the jugular.
“When you stack it up, he only has four straight Pro Bowls and a mythical sack record that y’all still walk around like it’s something to be praised,” Sapp told the NFL Network. “I mean y’all have got to get off your high horse in New York and speak about the real. And when you really measure him up, he comes up short.”
On Wednesday morning, WFAN co-host Boomer Esiason offered his opinion on Sapp — and he didn’t hold back.
“He doesn’t realize when he’s insulting people,” Esiason said of Sapp. “He’s insulted me. He’s insulted Michael Strahan now, he’s insulted other players, and he never ever looks in the mirror to realize what his words and how he delivers his words … and the weight that they carry and the sting that comes along with them.
“And quite frankly, I think he’s an embarrassment. He’s an embarrassment to anybody who’s ever played the game of football, because he feels like he’s on an island somewhere by himself. And his unprovoked attack on Michael Strahan is ridiculous.”
Strahan also fired back.
“Football was part of my life, but it is not my entire life,” the seven-time Pro Bowler said Tuesday. “So for some guys, maybe that’s their entire life and that’s all they have to hold on to. 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.”
Sapp said Strahan’s good-guy image has convinced the public that he’s something he’s really not.
“When you talk about stacking it up it just don’t stack that high, except y’all are giving (it) to him,” Sapp told the NFL Network. “Y’all don’t take that same critical eye as when you’re looking at somebody else. Oh, it’s Michael, aww, he’s our guy, he’s on TV with Kelly (Ripa) and oh, he’s such a good guy!
“I thought you got into the Hall because your resume stacked up with the echoes of the game — not just the good, the great. And four straight Pro Bowls (is good), but it ain’t great and we’re talking about the Hall, right?”
Strahan, who played with the Giants from 1993-2007, was a four-time first-team All-Pro selection and a two-time second-team All-Pro selection. The defensive end was named the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 and was a two-time NFC Defensive Player of the Year (2001 and 2003). He ranks fifth all time in career sacks.
“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.”
Luckily for Strahan, Sapp can’t keep the Super Bowl XLII champion out of Canton.
“I’m glad he doesn’t have a vote,” Strahan said.
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