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Sapp was concerned he wouldn’t make it to the Hall of Fame

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Warren Sapp made it to the Hall of Fame on his first try.  He had doubts that it would happen.

“Absolutely,” Sapp told WDAE in Tampa, via JoeBucsFan.com.

Sapp was specifically concerned about his ability to eke out Giants defensive end Michael Strahan.

“Say if I rewind this to Saturday at 12 o’clock me and you are sitting and I say, ‘It breaks down whatever and whatever and then you have Michael Strahan and me.  C’mon, the menace and the media darling,’” Sapp told WDAE in Tampa, via JoeBucsFan.com.  “C’mon.  Madness, or Good Morning America?  I mean, c’mon.”

Sapp, who also in the media but at times is anything but a darling, made it through on the first try based in large part on the willingness of the voters to set aside hi Jekyll-and-Hyde tendencies when dealing with reporters and vote based only on his performance and production.

Strahan eventually will make it.  But it will come after Sapp and his bronze bust with braids (that’s what he says the hairstyle will be) lands in Canton.

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36 Responses to “Sapp was concerned he wouldn’t make it to the Hall of Fame”
  1. lightcleric says: Feb 6, 2013 11:35 AM

    I hope his HOF montage has his dance against the Saints where they lined him up on offense and he caught a touchdown pass. That was priceless.

  2. joetoronto says: Feb 6, 2013 11:38 AM

    It’s a shame this blowhard made it in and a slap in the face to the members.

  3. coltzfan166 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:39 AM

    I’m waiting for that first person that says “I was concerned he would make the HOF” in an attempt to be funny. Like him or not, he’s a hall of famer.

  4. flavadave10 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:41 AM

    Hope the HOF doesn’t have an entrance fee or yearly dues, since Sapp’s bankrupt.

  5. lks311 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:44 AM

    While I often tire of his over-the-top antics as a studio analyst, he was the greatest defensive interior linemen that I ever saw play. Period.

  6. kabasaman says: Feb 6, 2013 11:44 AM

    That’s because he treated people like crap his whole career. I’m not to sure he deserved it so soon. I remember a story when he flashed his wrist watch at one of the Buc’s offensive lineman and simply said:….. This costs more than you make all year. Nice.

  7. rickastleydancemoves says: Feb 6, 2013 11:45 AM

    Not a fan of Sapp as a human being, but he ain’t lying. When the voters like you, you tend to get in first ballot. Just look at Cris Carter. Now his numbers would suggest he was a first ballot hof’er, but since the media despised him and vice versa, they wanted to keep him out because he didn’t kiss their ass. Randy Moss and Terrell Owens are both first ballot hof’ers as well, but watch the voters punish them because they’re not media darlings like Larry Fitzgerald.

  8. chipwade says: Feb 6, 2013 11:49 AM

    I’m sure there is some sort of NFL Network Analyst conspiracy going on with Hall of Fame induction. There’s no way Sapp should have made it in before Strahan. Strahan had almost 50 more sacks.

  9. dmartin17 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:59 AM

    They are both jerks but at least Sapp didn’t take credit for an illegitimate record!

  10. matthewcarlson1 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:03 PM

    He should have to auction off his jacket to pay of his bankruptcy debts. You shouldn’t be allowed to file bankruptcy and still be rich afterwards.

  11. borbinski says: Feb 6, 2013 12:06 PM

    wonder if his multiple girls friends while playing in Oakland, while still married will come to the ceremony. He took a lot of money and felt guilty.

  12. scrp2 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:16 PM

    I can’t figure it out either.

    Maybe it was because, despite making tens of millions of dollars, Strahan never got that gap tooth fixed.

  13. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Feb 6, 2013 12:23 PM

    It shouldn’t have happened…just tells you what a joke the HOF selection process is to let this fat loud mouthed moron in on the first try.

  14. fuglyflorio says: Feb 6, 2013 12:26 PM

    I don’t know … sounds a bit ungracious.

  15. jiggy1971 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:27 PM

    I just don’t understand how Haley hasn’t made it yet. A part of 5 superbowl champion teams, 100 sacks, 5 time pro bowl. I don’t get this one.

  16. blueballzny says: Feb 6, 2013 12:37 PM

    Its criminal how the committee voted Sapp into the Hall ahead of Strahan. Not only is Strahan a better human being but he was a better football player too. Sapp himself thought Strahan would be inducted before him. What a joke.

  17. elliottcovert says: Feb 6, 2013 12:39 PM

    Sapp was often a difficult man to respect, but you can’t argue with his productivity between the white lines. If I’m not mistaken, the only criteria that the HoF explicitly tells thier selection committee to observe is that voters should only consider what a candidate does on the football field when determining if a player belongs in the HoF. Based on that, it’s hard to argue with Sapp, who is the modern prototype for 4-3 defensive tackles.

  18. jagsfan1 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:48 PM

    He had a few years where he was good/possibly dominant. But it was only a few years. The end of his time in Tampa plus entire time in Oakland he was very average at best. Not HOF worthy in my opinion.

  19. jmacphee9 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:49 PM

    oetoronto says:
    Feb 6, 2013 11:38 AM
    It’s a shame this blowhard made it in and a slap in the face to the members.

    you obviously never watch that beast of an interior lineman play football. one of a kind he is.

  20. nyfan63 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:52 PM

    Sapp and Strahan are both deserving obviously. But I am surprised that Sapp got in first. I think the fact that Strahan is a “media darling” actually hurt his bid as people forget (or never knew) just how much of a force he was on the field because they see his goofy demeanor off it all the time. Strahan was a monster against the run as well as a fierce pass rusher a.d remained consistent his entire career. I think the fact that Parcells got in this year hurt Strahan as well as he is mostly remembered for his time with the Giants and the Hall probably doesn’t like inductees from the same franchise in the same year, if they can avoid it. I expect Strahan will get in next year.

  21. thestatsishere says: Feb 6, 2013 12:53 PM

    Sapp had no reason to really worry. He’dve gotten in next year if not this year.

    He and Strahan basically had the same career. 7 Pro Bowls, 4 first team All-Pro selections, a Defensive Player of the Year award, both came very close to exclusive sack milestones (Sapp close to 100 for a DT, Strahan 150 for a DE), and they were leaders of their teams.

    Both amazing players and both will be Hall of Famers. One down, one to go.

  22. thestatsishere says: Feb 6, 2013 12:58 PM

    chipwade says:
    Feb 6, 2013 11:49 AM
    I’m sure there is some sort of NFL Network Analyst conspiracy going on with Hall of Fame induction. There’s no way Sapp should have made it in before Strahan. Strahan had almost 50 more sacks.

    ———————

    You do realize that they played different positions right? Defensive tackles like Sapp don’t get 150 sacks. They just don’t. The highest number is John Randle, who got 137.5 sacks as a defensive tackle. If you honestly believe that Strahan and Sapp should be compared by their sack numbers without giving Sapp a bit of a discount, then you don’t get playing on the defensive line.

  23. FinFan68 says: Feb 6, 2013 1:07 PM

    @jiggy, Google some of the things he did in the locker room and elsewhere. They aren’t supposed to let that stuff influence the vote but it is hard to discount some of the vile stuff he did.

  24. mljohns says: Feb 6, 2013 1:08 PM

    “Sapp, who also in the media but at times is anything but a darling, made it through on the first try based in large part on the willingness of the voters to set aside hi Jekyll-and-Hyde tendencies when dealing with reporters and vote based only on his performance and production.”

    That’s what’s wrong with letting the media decide who gets in and who doesn’t. They shouldn’t have to “set aside his Jekyll-and-Hyde tendencies when dealing with reporters”. They should only be voting on players based on their on the field performance and production. I’m not a Bucs/Sapp fan, but I’m not surprised he made the HOF just from the amount of chaos he caused from the DT position. Personally, I would have put in Charles Haley over Sapp or Strahan.

  25. st2811 says: Feb 6, 2013 1:09 PM

    Sapp needs to about all those kids and baby momma drama! He is trying to figure out how to sell his HOF bust for child support.

  26. damayan5 says: Feb 6, 2013 1:17 PM

    Not that surprising to me because Sapp was just a more dominant player on tape. He changed the position: After him everyone was looking for a “Sapp-like” DT and comparing every UT at the draft to a “poor mans Sapp”. Strahan was great but didnt define the position like Sapp.

  27. mjhutmkr says: Feb 6, 2013 1:25 PM

    Sapp’s over rated and shouldn’t be in HOF.

  28. enrifer says: Feb 6, 2013 1:36 PM

    Charles Haley way better player than him

  29. iggles07 says: Feb 6, 2013 1:37 PM

    I’ve never disliked a football player more than I dislike Sapp.

    Having said that, he’s still a HOF player. I think because of his personal demeanor, and overall obnoxiousness he should have been made to wait a few years, but either way he still deserves to be in the Hall.

  30. mjkelly77 says: Feb 6, 2013 1:37 PM

    Sapp was concerned he wouldn’t make it to the Hall of Fame
    _______________

    Know-it-all loudmouth should have been concerned.

  31. tommyribs says: Feb 6, 2013 1:42 PM

    For all his foibles and noise and nonsense off the field, the HOF got it right with Sapp.

    Dude was a force when he was in there, and at many times in his career was unblockable, and was the heart of a very dominating defense.

    They got it wrong with Strahan who was just as dominant, but Sapp deserves to be there. John Lynch and Derrick Brooks deserve to make it too.

  32. mjkelly77 says: Feb 6, 2013 1:44 PM

    elliottcovert says:Feb 6, 2013 12:39 PM

    … If I’m not mistaken, the only criteria that the HoF explicitly tells thier selection committee to observe is that voters should only consider what a candidate does on the football field when determining if a player belongs in the HoF. …
    ___________________

    Tell that story to Pete Rose.

  33. csilojohnson says: Feb 6, 2013 1:58 PM

    The only reason he got in was because he works for the NFL Network.

  34. johntonioholmes says: Feb 6, 2013 2:12 PM

    One of those players who talked his way to greatness.

    He had 3 good seasons.

  35. jspyle says: Feb 6, 2013 3:44 PM

    The NFL HOF is a total joke. Guys like Charles Haley, Jim Plunkett, etc cant get in and it takes things like the “veteran” selection to get guys like Art Monk into it???? And now an average player and total classless fool like Sapp gets in on the 1st ballot? Please!!!

  36. thestatsishere says: Feb 8, 2013 11:27 AM

    jspyle says:
    Feb 6, 2013 3:44 PM
    The NFL HOF is a total joke. Guys like Charles Haley, Jim Plunkett, etc cant get in and it takes things like the “veteran” selection to get guys like Art Monk into it???? And now an average player and total classless fool like Sapp gets in on the 1st ballot? Please!!!

    ___________________________________

    Please please please please tell me you didn’t just call Warren Sapp an “average player” because he wasn’t. He is one of the best defensive tackles in NFL history.

    I don’t get the Jim Plunkett love. Two rings makes you a Hall of Famer? Uh no. Teams win rings, not QBs. It is insulting to say otherwise. The guy never even made a Pro Bowl in an era where his peers decided if he should go. He’s not a Hall of Famer. He’s a big arm who got hot in 1980 and then had a great team behind him in 1983.

    By this logic, if Trent Dilfer had won a second Super Bowl with the Ravens, he’d be a Hall of Famer. Which would be sad for the Hall of Fame.

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