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Watching Michael Huff in practice made Warren Sapp want to vomit

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Raiders safety Michael Huff was mostly seen as a disappointment for the first four years of his career.  The Raiders told Huff he was on the roster bubble as recently as 2009, but Huff’s play improved dramatically in 2010 in a contract year.

Former Raiders captain Warren Sapp remembers Huff well from early in his career.

“Michael Huff leaves something to be desired,” Sapp said on KESN-FM via the Dallas Morning News. “I watched Huff for two years, not pick a pass off in practice. I seen him make a couple plays, lately. I’d really be interested to see his tape and watch his last couple of years because his first two make you want to throw up watching him practice.”

Sapp said that Huff was often the last to practice and the first to leave.

“I went so far with Michael Huff, and you can ask him this, that my last day in Oakland, I waited in the parking lot for Michael Huff,” Sapp recalled. “I waited in the parking lot because I wanted to talk to the young man because he made me want to throw up watching him practice. I mean, the scout team would complete ball, after ball, after ball. I’m like, ‘You’re not going to make one play? I mean, you’re not even going to put your hand on it and knock it down?’”

Huff is probably going to strike it rich this offseason.  Perhaps he’s matured.  But Sapp’s words make you wonder if Huff only grew up because free agency was around the corner.

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63 Responses to “Watching Michael Huff in practice made Warren Sapp want to vomit”
  1. deanvernonwormer says: Jun 28, 2011 5:48 PM

    I remember when Dan LeBatard said Warren Sapp’s breath made him want to vomit.

  2. Todd Haley's Temper says: Jun 28, 2011 5:48 PM

    Watching Warren Sapp play for the Raiders made me vomit.

  3. trbowman says: Jun 28, 2011 5:49 PM

    “but Huff’s play improved dramatically in 2010 in a contract year.”

    Of course….

  4. johnnyjagfan says: Jun 28, 2011 5:50 PM

    Back when Sapp was a Raider, you didn’t have to work hard in practice. Wonder if he’d say the same about Moss? JaMarcus?

  5. lionfan419 says: Jun 28, 2011 5:51 PM

    what would be worse is if DHB is making catches against him!

  6. vikesfansteve says: Jun 28, 2011 5:52 PM

    If Huff was the first to leave & already out of the parking lot then why was Sapp waiting for him? Most likely he was waiting for the hot dog vendor. Sapp you sucked in Oaktown by the way.

  7. duanethomas says: Jun 28, 2011 5:54 PM

    Contract year he became a good player, not great. Now watch Jerry Jones signed him to contract that will out dwarf the contracts of Reed and Polamalu.

  8. rolltide510 says: Jun 28, 2011 5:57 PM

    Huff got a whole lot better in Oakland his last two seasons and especially this past year, which correlates to when the losing culture began to right itself a little. I don’t have a problem with any of Sapp’s criticism of the Raiders, because he wore silver & black during the worst Raiders era in history.

  9. 808raiderinparadise says: Jun 28, 2011 5:57 PM

    Not surprised, although I can’t stand Sapp, I’m sure this was all true. Huff was 2nd team all NFL this year by AP. He had very solid year, it took him quite sometime to get it together, only to leave now for his new big payday prob in Dallas.

  10. rraider says: Jun 28, 2011 6:01 PM

    I like Huff and hope the Raiders re-sign him. Warren Sapp talks more crap than anyone ….and get away with it. If you examine his work you will find that other than being loud and obnoxious he isnt very good.

  11. p4hbiz says: Jun 28, 2011 6:02 PM

    Huff is better than Weddle.

  12. jagsdaddy says: Jun 28, 2011 6:02 PM

    Timmy with the stiff stuff. Bush is a lightweight.

  13. digirootune says: Jun 28, 2011 6:05 PM

    Jeez..Thank god we’ve got Landry & Atogwe locked up.

    HAIL.

  14. lgbarn says: Jun 28, 2011 6:07 PM

    Love him or hate him, Sapp knows what practice means. Watching Hardy Nickerson rip the helmet off Tijay Armstrong in practice for not hustling probably made a good impression on Sapp as a young player in Tampa.

  15. outlawjerseywhales says: Jun 28, 2011 6:07 PM

    Well, judging by the photo at top, we now know where the inspiration/ model came from for the $12,000 Franco Castellucio doorstop!

  16. melonnhead says: Jun 28, 2011 6:11 PM

    Contract year he became a good player, not great. Now watch Jerry Jones signed him to contract that will out dwarf the contracts of Reed and Polamalu.

    ———————————————————————————————–

    Something tells me that you’re not the sharpest knife in the drawer, duanethomas.

  17. jlb10 says: Jun 28, 2011 6:15 PM

    the way sapp played and did nothing of value in oakland greatly reduces all credibility.
    the only reason he went to oakland was to grab a big payday. he was all set to go to cinci till al gave him a big midnight hour contract. go ahead warren take the money and run. run your mouth that is

  18. thephantomstranger says: Jun 28, 2011 6:17 PM

    After Sapp confronted him in the parking lot, Michael walked off in a Huff.

  19. humb0lt says: Jun 28, 2011 6:19 PM

    Long-live Al Davis.

    Pro Bowl players available at No. 7 overall in 2006 where Huff was drafted: Roman Harper, Haloti Ngata, Tamba Hali, Davin Joseph, DeAngelo Williams, Marcedes Lewis, Nick Mangold, DeMeco Ryans, Greg Jennings, Devin Hester, Maurice Jones-Drew.

  20. hobartbaker says: Jun 28, 2011 6:19 PM

    The two could be seen exchanging epithets in the parking lot…

    “Huff!”

    “Sapp!”

    “Huff!”

    “Sapp!”……….

  21. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 28, 2011 6:23 PM

    seeing Al Davis makes me want to vomit

  22. MVQB7 says: Jun 28, 2011 6:25 PM

    I am sure Sapp’s commentary makes Huff, Raiders fans and NFL fans in general vomit too! Personally, Sapp, Lombardi and Dukes are some of the worst commentators I ve have ever heard.

  23. goforthanddie says: Jun 28, 2011 6:30 PM

    Tough guy waits til his last day with the team to say something? Yeah, you’re a big man Sapp.

  24. p4hbiz says: Jun 28, 2011 6:36 PM

    @humb0lt.. What are you talking about your team just signed a FS that has played 12games in 4yrs..

    And your best FS is E. Weddle… Hardy Har, Har!!

    At least Huff is relevant in the NFL..

  25. rraider says: Jun 28, 2011 6:37 PM

    I havent heard Sapp comment on the fact that Seymour is providing the vetran leadership on the team that Warren was suppose to…….and it actually is working.

    Seymour= set example, work hard, teach, inspire.
    Sapp= Talk s@#, browbeat teamates,self glorify, posture for media…….

  26. burntorangehorn says: Jun 28, 2011 6:39 PM

    I don’t buy it. Sapp obviously wasn’t regurgitating any of what he was eating in Oakland.

  27. rayguyreturns says: Jun 28, 2011 6:43 PM

    At least Huff had one decent year in Oakland as opposed to that big fat windbag loser Sapp.

    So Warren, how did it feel to be blown off the ball by the scout team on every snap?

  28. raider316 says: Jun 28, 2011 6:45 PM

    Huff sucked his first 3 years and was only average at best last season. Tape doesn’t lie.

    I’m all for someone else signing him/ Mitchell and Stevie Brown need to be on the field.

    Good luck Huff ..and thanks for nothing!

  29. rolltide510 says: Jun 28, 2011 6:46 PM

    “humb0lt says:
    Jun 28, 2011 6:19 PM
    Long-live Al Davis.

    Pro Bowl players available at No. 7 overall in 2006 where Huff was drafted: Roman Harper, Haloti Ngata, Tamba Hali, Davin Joseph, DeAngelo Williams, Marcedes Lewis, Nick Mangold, DeMeco Ryans, Greg Jennings, Devin Hester, Maurice Jones-Drew.”

    You can play that game with every single team for virtually every single draft. Isn’t it more fun to do it with Tom Brady then Michael Huff though?

  30. tigerphins says: Jun 28, 2011 6:48 PM

    He Huffed and he puffed…… and then he ate some Cheetos?

  31. philwauke says: Jun 28, 2011 6:48 PM

    Did Huff pull a Golden on him and ignore him in the locker room?

  32. wetpaperbag2 says: Jun 28, 2011 6:57 PM

    How many times did we see Sapp take plays off during GAMES? He got REAL lazy when it came to rush defense.

  33. tatmanfish says: Jun 28, 2011 6:57 PM

    17.5 sack in 4 years he was with the Raiders for a DT in the twilight of his career sure is horrible…..sarcasm for those not so astute.

    The guy was 32 when he was signed by the Raiders. What did you expect, a 10 sack season every year? He gave them one of those too.

    Seems raiders fans want to forget how bad they were so bad, that they overlook one of the few bright spots of that era.

  34. 1bigtex says: Jun 28, 2011 6:57 PM

    Of the FA Safetys available, Huff scares me the most. He’s two years removed from being considered a near bust, but will likely command a generous contract. Eric Weddle has two years less time in the league. He trails Huff by one INT. He averages more PD’s per season. In two seasons less time, he’s already ahead of Huff in tackles. Weddle could be restricted depending on the new CBA, although it appears as if the Chargers have little interest in retaining him.

  35. tatmanfish says: Jun 28, 2011 6:59 PM

    i meant 19.5 sacks….my bad.

  36. seabreezes51 says: Jun 28, 2011 7:02 PM

    Jeezus, every time I see Warren Sapps name, all I can think of my Eagles took Freakin’ Mike Mamula, and TRADED UP to do it!
    Makes me want to vomit.

  37. outlawjerseywhales says: Jun 28, 2011 7:02 PM

    I’ve got a problem with responders on this board referring to Michael Huff as just “Huff”.
    I can think of a couple of examples that deserve the sobriquet before I give him the singular title of “Huff”.

    1) Robert Lee “Sam” Huff. (Giants/ Redskins HOF LB, you might have heard of him).
    2) “Huff it, pass it, don’t Bogart it!” (P.S. I, PERSONALLY, NEVER INHALED!).
    3) …
    4) …
    5) …
    6) Maybe someplace around here!
    7) Or, perhaps not.

  38. jakek2 says: Jun 28, 2011 7:08 PM

    Why isn’t everyone bashing the hell out of Sapp for talking about a former teammate. Tiki never said Eli made him “want to vomit” yet Tiki gets crucified.

    Whats’ the deal?

  39. Chairman Al says: Jun 28, 2011 7:10 PM

    I’m a diehard Raiders fan, but there may be some truth to what Sapp is saying. Few things make me more frustrated in sports than when an underachieving player miraculously has a great year when they’re up for free-agency.

    I really hope it was just a case of Huff “growing up”, but either way, give me the Raiders like Zach Miller, Rock Cartwright, and Matt Shaughnessy who play hard every game, every season, no matter what they’re making.

  40. bonerchamp says: Jun 28, 2011 7:25 PM

    Hey Warren, Golden wants to know how his ass tastes?

  41. humb0lt says: Jun 28, 2011 7:25 PM

    @bigtex…. I think the Bolts have a lot of interest in keeping Weddle. But he is drawing a lot of interest, apparently, from other teams (this Bolts fan is not sure why) and the Chargers may not be able to match the other offers, given the number of players on last year’s roster that aren’t signed.

  42. smo05d says: Jun 28, 2011 7:30 PM

    He has AHS – Albert Haynesworth Syndrome.

  43. granadafan says: Jun 28, 2011 7:33 PM

    Whoever signs Huff would be wise to sign very short term contracts, because he’s yet another lazy player who tries only when there’s an incentive, ie., a new contract.

  44. ronlm says: Jun 28, 2011 7:34 PM

    Sapp is full of it. Look, on one hand, the guy has a point… Huff really was not a playmaker in his first couple of years. His coverage skills were suspect, and he was usually a step too late to the ball. His production on the field very well could have been a result of crappy-ass practice habits.

    On the other hand… why is Sapp talking about Huff’s first couple of years? Since Huff has shown he can play at a higher level, and these past couple of years he has indeed been solid AND made some big plays… what he did back in ’05 and ’06 (when Sapp played with him) is irrelevant.

    Sapp is a blow-hard who craves attention… and he’s throwing his former teammates down as stepping stones to further his media career.

  45. alberthaynesworth says: Jun 28, 2011 7:35 PM

    “but Huff’s play improved dramatically in 2010 in a contract year.”

    That doesnt sound familiar at all….

  46. MichaelEdits says: Jun 28, 2011 7:49 PM

    Gotta love Sapp’s honesty

  47. mistrezzrachael says: Jun 28, 2011 7:51 PM

    Not a big fan of Sapp’s. Met him in NO bar before SB in 2001. Was w/a pimply faced 19 yr old trailer park girl [sorry wifey]..or was that DEB???? Took maybe first 10 words w/him to realize he’s right up there w/biggest jerks around.

    But how the hell can you NOT be critical of anything involving Raiders??? They are a circus thats only missing the tent.

  48. drummer1279 says: Jun 28, 2011 8:16 PM

    “Sapp is full of it. Look, on one hand, the guy has a point… Huff really was not a playmaker in his first couple of years. His coverage skills were suspect, and he was usually a step too late to the ball. His production on the field very well could have been a result of crappy-ass practice habits.

    On the other hand… why is Sapp talking about Huff’s first couple of years? Since Huff has shown he can play at a higher level, and these past couple of years he has indeed been solid AND made some big plays… what he did back in ’05 and ’06 (when Sapp played with him) is irrelevant.

    Sapp is a blow-hard who craves attention… and he’s throwing his former teammates down as stepping stones to further his media career.

    That post pretty much hit it on the head, although I think Huff could still show some improvement. Sapp alway’s has something bad to say about the Raiders, whom paid him pretty well at the back end of his career. Which I just think show’s his propensity to be a loud mouthed jerk.

    He underachieved in Oakland, sometimes taking plays off, even when he was used only as a situational player. Sure he was older, but his bite never did compare to his bark, or contract. Now without a bite, he just bark’s just to be heard.

  49. sharkcatcher says: Jun 28, 2011 8:36 PM

    Art Shell wanted Huff – Al Davis wanted Leinart..pick your Poison

  50. jg725 says: Jun 28, 2011 8:55 PM

    Is this the same warren sapp who guarenteed he would break the single season sack record – and then had like 5 sacks for the season???? He is and always has been a blow-hard, if he was any kind of leader – or even had a set of #%$& on him – why didn’t he address the problems with huff when he was playing? instead of calling him out now like the true coward that he is.

  51. huejackson says: Jun 28, 2011 9:06 PM

    Sapp’s words make you wonder if Huff only grew up because free agency was around the corner.

    Sapps words? They dont mean nothing, This guy hates the raiders so much cause he sucked. He is the reason the raiders had those bad years,
    If you wana talk about sapps words how about we talk about How he said on NFL network “if the raiders beat the chargers I will ner set another step in these studios again”
    well Raider DID beaT the chargeres (twice)
    and what did he say after that? “ma dat a fluke”
    He is gross, and a bad person this guy has cheated on his wife so much also.. Dont belie me just go to youtube type in Bubba the Love sponge show and warren sapp, H e would always go against the raiders when picking, He hates tho see this team on the rise and gearing up for the superbowl… He hates the raiders almost as Profootballtalk.com

  52. cornellsteelers says: Jun 28, 2011 9:08 PM

    Eating leafy greens in France and Germany makes me want to vomit.

  53. polishkingski says: Jun 28, 2011 9:24 PM

    man oh man, raider nation sure comes out to defend its own! i hated sapp as much as the next guy for two reasons. one he was not on my team and two he is and was a loud mouth but he brought it the majority of the time. huff is a talented lazy bum. sapp is totally correct in his observations of huff.

  54. jgrange says: Jun 28, 2011 9:34 PM

    It is difficult to evaluate Huff because he came in at a time where the Raiders had one of the worst rosters in the entire league. Of course, everybody on the team looked absolutely terrible except for the kicker and punter. Once the culture has been turned around though, Huff has been playing better. It’s most likely due to a contract year but sometimes guys take a little longer to develop. Plus, learning to play secondary in Oakland is probably one of the hardest things to transition into from college into the NFL. It will interesting to see what he really is.

    I hope the Cowboys waste a lot of money on him.

  55. raiderapologist says: Jun 28, 2011 9:49 PM

    humb0lt says: Jun 28, 2011 6:19 PM
    Pro Bowl players available at No. 7 overall in 2006 where Huff was drafted: Roman Harper, Haloti Ngata, Tamba Hali, Davin Joseph, DeAngelo Williams, Marcedes Lewis, Nick Mangold, DeMeco Ryans, Greg Jennings, Devin Hester, Maurice Jones-Drew.

    I had no idea Pro Bowl players were available in the draft. Hindsight makes everyone look brilliant, unless your name is humb0lt.

  56. ronswansonsdinner says: Jun 28, 2011 10:30 PM

    Warren Sapp aka QBKILLA99 is the best DT of the decade and possibly of alltime. He changed the game. Why all the hate towards him? He maybe a little jerk off the field, but on the field, he was one of the best. He won a Super Bowl against the Raiders. Suh will be the next DT to be as good as Sapp was.

    All the Raiders fans want this guy back? In the photo, he’s getting stiff armed by Tebow.

  57. lovesportsandsurfing says: Jun 28, 2011 10:45 PM

    The entire Raiders team made me want to vomit when Sapp was there,..and for some unknown reason they became a pretty good team the minute he left..probably just coincidence. Oh and by the way Sapp, Huff knew you were waiting for him in the parking lot thats why he didnt show, he got tired of you asking him for food.

  58. bradentonbuc says: Jun 28, 2011 10:52 PM

    All you Sapp haters can just cry like babbies when he goes into the HOF. Thank you Warren for your Tampa Bay days. We miss you!

  59. orangeflh says: Jun 29, 2011 12:33 AM

    Lifelong packers fan here. I remember a game in which Sapp came through the middle, losing his helmet in the process. He still hit Favre HARD, coming in forehead first.

    I became a fan of Sapp right then and there (and I still liked Favre at the time). I just had to respect a guy that played that hard.

  60. tatmanfish says: Jun 29, 2011 12:36 AM

    lovesportsandsurfing says:
    Jun 28, 2011 10:45 PM
    The entire Raiders team made me want to vomit when Sapp was there,..and for some unknown reason they became a pretty good team the minute he left..probably just coincidence.

    LMAO….Jamarcus Russell called, be like to beg to differ.

  61. raiduhdude says: Jun 29, 2011 2:03 AM

    hey humbolt, at least huff wasn’t eating dirt like weddle was after he got trucked by bush AND mcfadden. oh yeah and him looking like an idiot after a fullback jumped over him doesn’t look too pretty either.

  62. JSpicoli says: Jun 29, 2011 6:24 AM

    Huff has had two good years, not just the past one, and it makes sense that when the offense can hold on to the ball instead of going 3 and out, like they did 90% of the time in his first two years, that the defenders won’t just be sitting ducks, and dead tired.

    The Al Davis manic bias tinted glasses are causing some of you to not analyze what is really happening. Huff has been good for two years. Mitchell is not ready.

    I hope we resign Huff, but Bush and Miller are the priorities.

  63. kilgore23 says: Aug 4, 2011 12:24 PM

    Awww how cute (pinch cheek) all the Raiders Nation has decided to bash Sapp because he made a negative comment about Huff. Its typical to replace good common sence with outrage when one of your own is dissed.

    Sapp was the best DT in the last 15 years, NO coach has or will say “I hope our new DB is the next Michael Huff” EVERY coach says “I hope our new DT is the next Warren Sapp”

    Half the teams in the league use old footage of the Tampa D-Line and Sapp in particular to teach the 3 technique… still!, 7 years later!

    Yes Sapp didn’t make Defencive player of the year as a Raider, but he WAS double teamed on every 7 step drop the other teams had. He took plays off? I think your confusing Sapp and Moss, you cannot find tape of ONE play he took off. Sapp knows how to practice, and know what it takes to be a star and a leader, and he has a unique perspective as a teamate that none of us have, I doubt he made this up just to be a jerk.

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