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Sapp says Strahan doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame

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Warren Sapp was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year. He doesn’t think Michael Strahan deserves to join him this year.

Sapp said at Super Bowl Media Day that Strahan simply wasn’t good enough to make it.

“I don’t think his résumé stacks up,” Sapp said, via Neil Best of Newsday. “He only has four straight Pro Bowls and a mythical sack record. When you really measure him up he comes up short.”

Sapp has been complaining for years about Strahan’s sack record of 22.5, which Strahan set in the last game of the 2001 season when Brett Favre appeared to slide down in front of him intentionally to hand him the record. Sapp said while they were both still playing that there should be an asterisk next to his record because it wasn’t a real record; Strahan responded that there should be a McDonald’s next to Sapp’s house because Sapp is fat.

But Sapp is wrong about Strahan’s Pro Bowls. In fact, Sapp and Strahan were chosen to the same number of Pro Bowls (seven) and to the same number of first-team All-Pro teams (four).

Fortunately for Strahan, Sapp doesn’t get a Hall of Fame vote. The members of the media who do get a vote will determine on Saturday whether Strahan will be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2014.

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  1. dwheel79 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:00 PM

    And this is why nobody’s likes him…

  2. tpa43 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:00 PM

    I’m a Bucs fan and I can even admit that Sapp doesn’t belong in the HOF. If it came down to these two getting in on a statistical basis, then then Strahan is the better player.

  3. wsperegoiv says: Jan 28, 2014 1:00 PM

    He’s right

  4. seabreezes51 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:00 PM

    And the Eagles select…. Mike Mam-you-la….

    It still wrenches my gut.

  5. truninerfan49 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:01 PM

    I think Strahan deserves to be in the hall before Sapp

  6. dohpey28 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:01 PM

    Sapp is a clown. I am sure Michael hasn’t ‘lost’ his Super Bowl ring.

  7. joshm5683 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:01 PM

    I think Sapp definitely deserved to get in. He was a devastating force for a long time. Haha, he single handedly almost ruined my 49ers season by concussing Steve Young and tearing up Jerry Rice’s knee with a face mask all in 1 game.

    However, him saying Strahan doesn’t deserve to get in is stupid. Hes probably just jealous because Strahan is making like 10m/yr with his various tv gigs while Sapp had to file bankruptcy.

  8. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 28, 2014 1:02 PM

    That’s funny… All sapp has is a reputation for being a dirty player and criminal.

  9. jpb12 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:02 PM

    ProBowls? Jeez – Paul Posluszny was in one this year. Brandon Merriweather too. How does the pro bowl even matter?

    Couple of turds here but Sapp… just lives up to his name.

  10. espfdps says: Jan 28, 2014 1:02 PM

    As an eagles fan I hate all things giants, but you’d have to be a moron not to think strahan is a 1st ballot HOFer

  11. bucrightoff says: Jan 28, 2014 1:03 PM

    Warren Sapp is in the Repo Man Hall of Fame.

  12. realitycheckbaby says: Jan 28, 2014 1:03 PM

    And you call Sherman a loud mouth?

    But seriously this is GREAT.

    It’s OK for players (current or former) not to like each other.

    And wow Strahan – a McDonalds? – wow. Way to take it up a notch.

  13. realitycheckbaby says: Jan 28, 2014 1:03 PM

    And by the way Sapp, remember the Whammy in Miami.

  14. keltictim says: Jan 28, 2014 1:03 PM

    Holy sour grapes! Sapp needs to worry about himself and not things that are out of his control

  15. jtbsteeler says: Jan 28, 2014 1:05 PM

    Sapp doesn’t belong in either.

  16. ningenito78 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:05 PM

    Reason number 4879 why Warren Sapp should just spend retirement away from the public eye as opposed to pretending to be a football ‘analyst’. The guy sucks.

  17. braczey29 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:05 PM

    Strahan is not a hall of famer

    Warren Sapp I thought was premature and borderline. His hit on Chad Clifton during a game I think was awful and so is his attitude sometimes. Strahan is a much better man I believe worthy of more praise than Sapp for not being a turd. Sapp sold his Super Bowl ring on Ebay too.

  18. doe22us says: Jan 28, 2014 1:06 PM

    Mcdonalds by his house lmao, cant beat that comeback.

  19. patswhatsup says: Jan 28, 2014 1:06 PM

    Sapp is just jealous that Strahan, with a gap in his teeth big enough to drive a car through, is already more successful on television than himself.

    Lol Sapp…

  20. GBwomenrhot says: Jan 28, 2014 1:06 PM

    2 fat guys arguing, just what I was looking for in a story….

  21. greymares says: Jan 28, 2014 1:07 PM

    Not a Strahan fan, but after Sapp got in the standards for D lineman has been substantially lowered.

  22. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 28, 2014 1:07 PM

    Sapp is an idiot.

  23. grantsbuds says: Jan 28, 2014 1:07 PM

    Bankruptcy hearings should come with a gag order. More trash talk from Sapp……what a surprise.
    Doofus.

  24. newlydead says: Jan 28, 2014 1:07 PM

    I like how Sapp calls out Strahan on his on the field accomplishments and all Strahan can come back with is a childish “fat” joke. Not too immature there. How about using the oppertunity to make a case for why you believe you belong in the hall or how you would have still sacked Farve if he didn’t roll over for you.

  25. crapsandviche says: Jan 28, 2014 1:07 PM

    Strange, cause I have no clue why Warren Sapp is in the HOF. Few good season, but mostly mediocre at best.

  26. learysdisciples says: Jan 28, 2014 1:08 PM

    You mad bro?

  27. firerogergoodell says: Jan 28, 2014 1:09 PM

    Always loved Sapp but Strahan has crushed all of his career numbers including over 50 more sacks! They both belong in there. Bad blood has distorted Warren’s view a little bit.

  28. realnflmaster says: Jan 28, 2014 1:09 PM

    They both shouldn’t be in the hall. They also wish they were JETS.

  29. rockyburnette says: Jan 28, 2014 1:09 PM

    Sapp is pathetic. Jealous much, Warren? Bankruptcy has that affect on a lot of people. I wonder if any of those lost championship rings ever turned up.
    I agree with WS on the sack record, Farve tanked it. But I’m not sure how that reflects poorly on Strahan. In the end this likely aids Micheal’s HOF candidacy. It will focus voters on his achievements, of which there are many.

  30. billybarrule says: Jan 28, 2014 1:09 PM

    Agree

  31. jebdamone says: Jan 28, 2014 1:10 PM

    i am really kinda sick of everyone making a big deal about the strahan sack record. did favre basically slide down and allow strahan to sack him? yes. but if you watch the video, strahan had already beaten his man pretty badly and there is a good chance that he would have sacked favre anyway.

    if you want to argue against strahan i would point to the fact that he was on the right side, facing RTs, not LTs.

  32. raiderufan says: Jan 28, 2014 1:11 PM

    Warren Sapp: 198 games played, 438 tackles, 96.5 sacks, 19 FF, 4 INT’s

    Michael Strahan: 216 Games played, 667 tackles, 141.5, 24 FF, 4 INT’s

    Both were 7 time pro bowlers, 4 time all pro and 1 time superbowl winners.

    Sapp did play DT while Strahan was on the end….but Strahan played 18 more games in his career to the tune of 229 more tackles and 45 more sacks….

    Sapp may think he’s only making an argument against Strahan but he’s weakening his resume in the same breath…even if he’s already in.

  33. 4thqtrsaint says: Jan 28, 2014 1:11 PM

    Strahan is awesome. Vote him in.

  34. noeffinway says: Jan 28, 2014 1:11 PM

    This guy is just SAP! (sad and pathetic)

  35. wisconsinhillfolk says: Jan 28, 2014 1:11 PM

    No matter which Defender you side with, that McDonald’s line is awesome!

  36. coltzfan166 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:12 PM

    Strahan thinks Sapp doesn’t belong in the Hall

  37. jerruhjones says: Jan 28, 2014 1:12 PM

    Guys from the “U” were never too bright.

  38. scoops1 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:12 PM

    He is right….

    Strahan got the sack record in the most fraudulent way imaginable

  39. chinahand11 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:13 PM

    This is great. Sapp is in one year and now he’s the “decider” on who else is worthy. Sapp has always been on the Whiner All-Pros.

  40. nj22 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:14 PM

    I am a Dallas fan who can not stand Strahan and yes his ONE sack against Favre was a joke. With that said he was one of the best in the league for a long time and is the all time sack leader for a team that had LT. He is a Hall of Famer but that record will always have an * next to it.

  41. tmcb7 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:14 PM

    Sapp’s motto is: “don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.”
    It served him well as a player and continues now in the media.
    I thought sapp was way overrated as a player and find it funny that he thinks someone else doesn’t measure up. Pot=kettle.

  42. abreathofsanity says: Jan 28, 2014 1:14 PM

    IM THE BEST CORNER IN THE GAME!!!!!

  43. noeffinway says: Jan 28, 2014 1:14 PM

    Make noise, get noticed. That’s all it is. This guy is a real turd!

  44. doc305 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:14 PM

    Bwahahaha, that McDonalds line alone should get Strahan into the Hall…

  45. municrew says: Jan 28, 2014 1:14 PM

    Sapp should be more worried about the asterisk next to his credit score than having one next to strahan’s record. Hurts having your past acheivements scrutinized, doesn’t it, Warren? Strahan has been a success on and off the field. You were as great at playing football as you are being a d-bag…

  46. 26predator says: Jan 28, 2014 1:15 PM

    Sapp is such a hateful hater that I hate him.

  47. gojags says: Jan 28, 2014 1:15 PM

    I think the Sapp’s comment would only help Strahan get more vote than he actual might as some of them who votes the ballot simply hates Sapp.

    Hope Strahan gets into HOF.

  48. greenbaydean says: Jan 28, 2014 1:15 PM

    Sapps statement on Strahan is just another reason why he doesn’t belong on television…

  49. pfffffffffffft says: Jan 28, 2014 1:15 PM

    It could be argued that Sapp benefited from the Tampa 2 defense, be allowed to rush the passer first and play the run 2nd. His numbers might have been inflated compared to other DTs that had to play gap control and read the run more than he did.

  50. buffaloviking says: Jan 28, 2014 1:15 PM

    One should talk. You second career choice you arent any better at, NFL network must be desperate. BAD

  51. maurysline says: Jan 28, 2014 1:15 PM

    In the end Sapp will be remembered more as a clown and complete buffoon than a great player and HOF’er if he doesn’t learn to keep his piehole shut.
    The guy eats away at his own legacy every time he opens it.

  52. noeffinway says: Jan 28, 2014 1:16 PM

    Sapp should just drive off into the sunset and he may as well take Charles Barkley with him.

  53. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 28, 2014 1:17 PM

    Warren Sapp is just jealous that Michael Strahan gets paid $5,000,000 a year…. and…. he is bankrupt.

  54. pixelito says: Jan 28, 2014 1:17 PM

    When you compare their career statistics, Sapp looks like he was Strahan’s backup.

    Except for a few 90-year old writers, everyone in America knows Strahan was the better player.

  55. thealmightybigblue says: Jan 28, 2014 1:18 PM

    Hey sapp you can talk when u break the sack record..when ever that maybe we here in bigblue nation lol at you.#gogiants#gostrahan.

  56. medialovesthecowboys says: Jan 28, 2014 1:19 PM

    It’s called the Hall of FAME. Not the Hall of STATS or the Hall of SUPER BOWL VICTORS.
    Strahan benefited from the NYC market, but he walked Giants Stadium with Lawrence Taylor, holds the the single season sack record, and won a Super Bowl. He enjoyed a long career and if Lynn Swann and Rayfield Wright can be in the Hall, so can Strahan.

    - A Cowboy fan

  57. robforman says: Jan 28, 2014 1:19 PM

    Warren Sapp: great football player, horrible person.

  58. blackngold4life says: Jan 28, 2014 1:21 PM

    That picture though

  59. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 28, 2014 1:21 PM

    Sapp has always been classless, but like Richard Sherman – he knows how to “play nice” (i.e., conceal his true self) when it’s in his best interest.

    As for the Favre “slide down sack” — is it Strahan’s fault? No. But Favre did not do Strahan any favors with that. It was the kind of play that did not belong on a competitive football field – and it set the table perfectly for the kind of b.s. we’re seeing from guys like Sapp.

  60. danoj14 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:24 PM

    Nearly identical highlights and awards with one glaring difference: Sacks.
    Based on that, why do you think YOU deserve to be in HOF, Warren?

  61. fwippel says: Jan 28, 2014 1:24 PM

    Oh pull-llease, like Sapp is one to talk.

    Here’s a list of other players in the HOF that don’t belong: Joe Namath, Bob Griese, Bob Hayes, Chris Hanburger, Kellen Winslow, Warren Sapp, Dave Casper, and so many others.

  62. cshearing says: Jan 28, 2014 1:25 PM

    Pro Bowl appearances are such an idiotic metric. People should stop citing them as a reason for anything.

  63. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 28, 2014 1:26 PM

    Warren Sapp WOULD drive off in the sunset… but… he can’t since his car was repossessed (due to bankruptcy).

  64. vipod4ever says: Jan 28, 2014 1:26 PM

    Not much to separate the two from a stats/awards perspective. It must be that terrible human trait that’s bothering Sapp….jealousy!

  65. MichaelEdits says: Jan 28, 2014 1:27 PM

    Sapp needs to get on that Subway sandwich diet. It’s where winners eat.

  66. cajunaise says: Jan 28, 2014 1:32 PM

    Sapp’s trying to stay relevant now that his playing days are over, but his only relevancy in his latter playing days was negative.

    Warren Sapp danced through the Colts’ warm-ups like an idiot one fateful Monday night. The end result was karma “kicking” in and the Colts winning in OT after a mind-boggling comeback. It marked the end of the Super-Bowl Bucs.

  67. piratesofthecoliseum says: Jan 28, 2014 1:34 PM

    Excuse me Mr Sapp ur bankruptcy attorney is on line 1

  68. kevo95 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:34 PM

    U stupid Sapp u can’t even talk correctly
    U are a disgrace. To NFL to say something like that

  69. rubenxx7 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:34 PM

    I’m still dont think sapp should have got in on first ballot anyways. Strahan will get it just matter of time if not this year

  70. diveleft says: Jan 28, 2014 1:35 PM

    Strahan’s sack record shouldn’t count. Favre laid down for him. I would be pissed if I was Gastineau. Cheatin’ Packers!

  71. bucjordan says: Jan 28, 2014 1:39 PM

    Those comparing sack numbers between Sapp and Strahan are showing a complete lack of logical thought. Strahan played END, facing many 1 on 1′s vs. right tackles, a MUCH easier assignment than playing the interior and constantly facing double teams.

    For that reason, comparing the two (and comparing DE’s and DT’s in general) is useless. The voters sent their message loud and clear last year when Sapp got in and Strahan didn’t. But I still think Sapp should shut up and try to handle these questions with some class. Strahan should get in soon, although this is another pretty crowded class of candidates.

  72. zeddicuszorander says: Jan 28, 2014 1:40 PM

    It’s funny because he’s fat.

  73. jlynch321 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:40 PM

    Things like this make me wish Sapp had never been a Raider. Time and time again this guy just says things that are unnecessary/idiotic about owners, coaches, players, etc. A lot of times people are asked questions, and we only see the answers which are twisted by the media and create an inaccurate picture of what actually happened; but I can safely say, knowing how Sapp is that he is just being a genuine ass. It’s kind of sad that these people get analysis jobs just because they command people’s attention as opposed to actually being knowledgeable a la Skip Bayless.

  74. jlynch321 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:42 PM

    Previous comment is comparing Sapp’s lack of knowledge to Skip, not saying Skip is knowledgeable. In no world does Bayless have a brain.

  75. coughlinsredcheeks says: Jan 28, 2014 1:43 PM

    Didn’t we hear this same song and dance last year when Sapp got into the HoF? It just seems rather petty of Sapp to not shut up about Strahan.

    Also, the whole “Strahan only faced RTs in his career” argument was debunked as well with examples of HoF linemen who went up against RTs during their career. Specifically Reggie White

  76. wishingtonredslur says: Jan 28, 2014 1:49 PM

    Strahan was scary for teams to play. They had had to plan for it, they called “The Plahan.” I’m lying but Strahan was awesome to watch.

  77. midtec2005 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:56 PM

    Okay I don’t agree with Sapp… but…

    “Strahan responded that there should be a McDonald’s next to Sapp’s house because Sapp is fat”

    Wow, what creativity and maturity ._.

  78. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jan 28, 2014 1:57 PM

    While Strahan was busting on Sapp’s weight, he should have said “Sapp is like 350 pounds. Coincidentally, 350 is also his FICO score”.

  79. ontherocks1964 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:57 PM

    Sapp may be right, but he’s still the biggest ass clown; who by the way is probably less deserving to be in the HoF than Strahan.

  80. floratiotime says: Jan 28, 2014 1:58 PM

    Sapp is just a little too concerned about what Strahan is doing … *wink wink*.

  81. usap1 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:58 PM

    Loudmouths like Sapp can blow thru mega-millions per year, but it took me an entire lifetime to slowly build up to a million in savings. $1M is certainly not a lot these days, but it does make me a little happy inside to hear that Sapp is stone cold Broke and in Bankruptcy. I’m normally a quiet guy, but would love to mouth off to this guy’s grill some day, just to see his reaction.

  82. johntonioholmes says: Jan 28, 2014 2:00 PM

    Sapp literally talked his way into the HOF.

  83. mattiewu says: Jan 28, 2014 2:01 PM

    Love both guys, they r both differences makers… Seriously SAPP¿ U shouldn’t have got in when u did. They both r deserving….. Never thought I’d say this bout one of the great Miami players, but SAPP shUt Up.

  84. gmen5280 says: Jan 28, 2014 2:03 PM

    Come on, what do you expect from Sapp? He has good reason to be jealous of Strahan.

  85. frenchy121212 says: Jan 28, 2014 2:06 PM

    Does that really say “Favre appeared to slide down in front of Strahan”?

    Yes, yes it did appear that way.

  86. metrocritical says: Jan 28, 2014 2:15 PM

    When you put a microphone or a burger near Sapp’s face, ultimately, the same thing comes out.

  87. cursedvikings1998 says: Jan 28, 2014 2:22 PM

    Michael Strahan is a much nicer person than Warren Sapp, that much I do know.

  88. nuikane says: Jan 28, 2014 2:23 PM

    Sapp is a Sap!

  89. atthemurph says: Jan 28, 2014 2:23 PM

    I agree with Sapp. Strahan was a very good player but I think he is getting consideration for the HOF mostly on the back of that bogus sack record. The league awarded Strahan a sack on a play that was not a passing play. It was a called run to the left and Favre kept the ball and ran over in front of Sapp and fell down. To be a real sack it has to be a designed passing play. That most certainly was not.

  90. djshnooks says: Jan 28, 2014 2:24 PM

    Sapp is a jackass.

    He just mad Strahan has real jobs…and people actually like him.

  91. rugdaniels says: Jan 28, 2014 2:27 PM

    Pack another dip and shut your mouth Sapp. Strahan was more deserving than you were. Just because Strahan has a career and probably saved his money doesn’t mean you have to be jealous Warren. I cannot wait until you’re out of money and on the street.

  92. rajbais says: Jan 28, 2014 2:29 PM

    This key quote shows you how stupid Sapp is.

    “But Sapp is wrong about Strahan’s Pro Bowls. In fact, Sapp and Strahan were chosen to the same number of Pro Bowls (seven) and to the same number of first-team All-Pro teams (four).”

    Hey Sapp!!! Ever heard of a computer???

    Ever heard of the internet???

    The guy can’t keep track of others … just like his own finances.

  93. rajbais says: Jan 28, 2014 2:31 PM

    By the way Sapp, how are you special when you only had 1 good season in Oakland???

    Face it. If you were better you’d be more scheme diverse.

    At least Strahan had ability to be a 3-4 player.

  94. zinjaboy says: Jan 28, 2014 2:34 PM

    strahan’s record is legit. favre rolled out right, strahan was right in his face, there was no where else to go but down. the choice was take a hit and go down, or just… go down. wise decision. it was gonna be a sack either way. congrats strahan. you deserve the record and the hall. sapp’s cheap shot on clifton should have kept him from it.

  95. godsmacked1 says: Jan 28, 2014 2:40 PM

    Settle it once and for all: MMA match between the two of them during half time of next year’s Super Bowl.

  96. chalkruz1989 says: Jan 28, 2014 2:44 PM

    Warren Sapp must have foot-in-mouth syndrome.

    From 1997-2003, Michael Strahan ammassed 96 sacks. For his career, Strahan accumulated 141.5 sacks.

    Howie Long, who was voted into the Hall of Fame for the class of 2000, played 13 years in the NFL and finished his career with 84 sacks.

    Only four players can say they finished with more sacks than Strahan, that’s impressive (Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Chris Doleman and Kevin Greene).

  97. dwarftosser says: Jan 28, 2014 2:45 PM

    I’m not sure Straham deserves to be in the HOF, but I am sure that Sapp does not deserve to be there.

  98. pologroundsvet says: Jan 28, 2014 2:48 PM

    Warren Sapp needs be careful before his big mouth costs him his NFL Network gig. I already tune it off whenever he comes on, and I’m a football junkie who was tuning him out long before this flap over Strahan.

  99. rubicon202 says: Jan 28, 2014 2:50 PM

    Mike’s reply about Mcd’s was awesome.

  100. ma5terbla5t3r says: Jan 28, 2014 2:50 PM

    I really didn’t have a problem with Sapp until that hit on Chad Clifton. It was a very close game, but Sapp had how many tackles? Zero. None. Nada. He zeroed in for that hit for no reason other than frustration. I understand it was legal, but I always thought there was some “honor among thieves” in the league where players (other than Cortland Finnegan) wouldn’t take ridiculous and unnecessary cheap shots. They both deserve to get in in my opinion as they were both so dominant for so long. But yet again, Sapp is a jerk for doing something entirely unnecessary albeit from the safety of a studio. Does he deserve to be kept out because he’s a jerk? No. But does he lose even more respect from fans? You bet.

  101. willking9 says: Jan 28, 2014 2:55 PM

    I’m starting to wonder how many concussions Sapp has had because he is clearly going insane. He needs to keep his mouth shut because Strahan
    not only clearly belongs in the HOF, but also on the first ballot over him.

  102. theuglitruth says: Jan 28, 2014 2:57 PM

    Sapp, you should just be happy your in! Worry about yourself & try not to go broke again.

  103. maurysline says: Jan 28, 2014 2:59 PM

    Fat , drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life son…….

  104. justwinsomeday says: Jan 28, 2014 2:59 PM

    Strahan is what’s right with football.

    Sapp is what’s wrong with society.

    And if loud mouth is going to challenge Strahan in a battle of wits….

  105. mjhutmkr says: Jan 28, 2014 3:03 PM

    Sapp doesn’t in the. Hall of Fame.

    Strahan DOES!!!

  106. redwings248 says: Jan 28, 2014 3:09 PM

    I don’t believe either of the deserve to be in. I didn’t think that we’re that dominant!

  107. dcstinks says: Jan 28, 2014 3:12 PM

    Warren,
    Strahan belongs in the HOF, you cried your way in like your sissy boyfriend Mike Irvin. He has accomplished more than you in his career. Its a wonder you still have a job ( thank Irvin again). Your off field record proves that you are not worthy of the HOF, all that Strahan did was cheat on his wife. U treated yours like a running back.

  108. allsport1980 says: Jan 28, 2014 3:13 PM

    Strahan has over 200 more tackles and nearly 60 more sacks than Sapp. Sapp never should have been considered for the HOF. He never truly was great and benefitted from playing with other more worthy HOF candidates. Strahan for the majority of his career was pretty much the only guy to stop on the Giants.

  109. jkaflagg says: Jan 28, 2014 3:17 PM

    Strahan’s credentials are beyond repute and clearly at least comparable to Sapp….It seems clear that Sapp’s real gripe is the fact that Strahan has become a post-retirement media sensation while Warren is stuck in the minors with NFLN, DWTS and BBQ shows….

  110. soulmancer says: Jan 28, 2014 3:21 PM

    Warren, I still think your blindside on Chad Clifton way back in the day was a chickens–t play.

  111. racerx1225 says: Jan 28, 2014 3:24 PM

    Takes a real man like Sapp who accepts a huge paycheck from Al Davis and then but for 1 season, stinks up the field and turns around and bad mouths AL. Then beats his wife.

  112. givemethehighgear says: Jan 28, 2014 3:28 PM

    Strahan is right…Sapp is fat.

  113. jimw81 says: Jan 28, 2014 3:29 PM

    the only thing that would block Strahan from going into the HOF is the voters themselves and their egos.

  114. petedutcherjr says: Jan 28, 2014 3:37 PM

    lol…Al Davis deserved to be bad mouthed. He ruined his own franchise and they still have not recovered.

  115. bonniebengal says: Jan 28, 2014 3:37 PM

    This just goes to prove that these rich athletes do not have real problems. Get over yourselves, both of you, and get out there and help people with REAL problems..

  116. cozman says: Jan 28, 2014 3:38 PM

    Sapp, like Skip, Steven A, and most of the other ESPN fools, says stuff just to say it… they’d like to be able to shut up… it’s just not within their ability.

  117. laxnhockey says: Jan 28, 2014 3:40 PM

    Strahan actually had 23.5 sacks in 2001, but was never credited for one in week 4 that year against the REDSKINS. I think the video is still on youtube that shows the ball in QB Banks hand when his knee hit the ground.

    Sapp should just worry whether his welfare check will cover his bill at McDonald’s.

  118. routerunner says: Jan 28, 2014 3:42 PM

    We should listen. Sapp knows what it’s actually like to not belong in the in the HOF.

  119. stairwayto7 says: Jan 28, 2014 3:43 PM

    This comes from a pot head, women beater and guy who blind sides off lineman?

  120. ezwriter69 says: Jan 28, 2014 3:47 PM

    Hard for a 350 pound man to be that small… but what a pathetic, tiny little jealous bitch Warren Sapp is. Truly sad.

  121. radar8 says: Jan 28, 2014 3:48 PM

    Strahan is a class act. Sapp is not. Strahan is far smarter

  122. rl7911 says: Jan 28, 2014 3:50 PM

    Sapps nothing more than a wife beater that is broke.

  123. jviva77 says: Jan 28, 2014 3:50 PM

    I may be in the minority but I agree with him. Strahan was alright but HOF? I don’t think he was HOF but I do not believe The bus is either and I like him but it the best of the best not the pretty good of fame.

  124. justintuckrule says: Jan 28, 2014 3:54 PM

    People think that since Strahan played on 2 Super Bowl teams and in a few memorable playoff games that he was on some decent teams.

    Truth is, he played 75% of his career on some of the worst Giants’ teams in franchise history. All of the 90s and some of the 2000s.

    Given that he racked up much of his stats against offenses who had NO reason to throw once they scored 10 whole points on us and given that he was CONSTANTLY double teamed, he is twice the Hall of Famer that Sapp is. On top of that, the defense Sapp was on for much of his career was loaded.

  125. granadafan says: Jan 28, 2014 3:57 PM

    Being selected as a Pro Bowler is meaningless considering how many players skip out. You’re often left with completely average 9th choice players. The Hall should immediately cease taking into consideration number of Pro Bowls unless they were a first choice.

  126. trublazer says: Jan 28, 2014 4:00 PM

    man Sapp isn’t a HOF. being on the Network sure did help

  127. 69finfan says: Jan 28, 2014 4:01 PM

    Sapp is a bum (a broke one at that) and is simply jealous of the success that Mike Strahan has achieved, both on the field and now off of it.

  128. toe65 says: Jan 28, 2014 4:06 PM

    I can’t believe that someone like Sapp would be shooting his mouth off about someone not being deserving into the HOF. Coming from a former drug user should not be tolerated. Mr. Sapp is poor excuse to speak of anyone that is being considered into the HOF.

  129. ruggerlad says: Jan 28, 2014 4:10 PM

    Sapp was sooooooooooooooooooo overrated and was not even the best player on his D in Tampa yet neither Lynch or Brooks are in the HOF? His coach was better and Strahan yes was also better.

  130. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 28, 2014 4:11 PM

    Sapp the marble mouth commentator belongs in prison or the circus not the Hall of fame

  131. donniebiggest says: Jan 28, 2014 4:11 PM

    Ask Kelly.

  132. poweri26 says: Jan 28, 2014 4:16 PM

    Sounds like Sapp is jealous of all the Richard Sherman attention so he’s pulling a page out of Sherman’s playbook. Sapp is trying to denigrate another player to make himself look better. Why doesn’t Sapp just say, “Strahan is Sorry” or “Strahan is mediocre”. Then after the fact he can come back and claim it was just the heat of the interview that turned him into a DB.

  133. charmcitychampions says: Jan 28, 2014 4:23 PM

    Warren Sapp was a generational interior rusher and to trying to compare sack numbers from a 3 tech DT to an Edge Rusher is just dumb. Strahan was a very good player, though I never considered him “great”. Other guys at his position did their jobs better than Strahan though none for as long. Nobody could emulate Warren Sapp. Guy was a terror through the line and to say it was based on the cover 2 shows a complete lack of knowledge of the game. DL responsibilities in a 4-3 front have little bearing on what cover formation is called.

    Strahan was gifted the sack record, there is no question about that. That does deserve an asterisk. And though it’s not his fault, it is going to stay with him.

    Also YES…Sapp is absolutely unlikeable and a loudmouth arrogant jackass who can’t shut up. Doesn’t make him totally wrong though. He is easily more deserving of the HOF than Strahan.

    Strahan should probably get in just because of sacks. Though they are inflated sack numbers due to his compiling of them from extended time in the league. He was very good. Many double digit sack years. But then I can see him just as easily not getting in because he wasn’t “great”. To me if Strahan gets in then Jason Taylor, Simeon Rice, both should also get the nod…. and then Robert Mathis, Dwight Freeney and Jon Abraham when they retire. There has to be a line somewhere. And it should not just go to good guys who have good numbers. To go to the HOF you should have had a lasting mark on the game in some way or have been consistently great. Strahan was a very good player. He’ll be an interesting litmus test for DEs imo.

  134. briang123 says: Jan 28, 2014 4:29 PM

    I knew Sapp would eventually say something accurate. Strahan should only be in the Hall of Fame if he bought a ticket.

  135. vader3234 says: Jan 28, 2014 4:30 PM

    not only does a McDonalds haunt Sapp but a toilet bowl is always following him everywhere he goes because he’a full of chiat. the raiders nation does not claim this fool.

  136. realitycheckbaby says: Jan 28, 2014 4:30 PM

    Neither should be in.

    Sapp is a defensive line’s Bettis.

    You shouldn’t go into the hall because you were able to play while being fat.

  137. autoriot says: Jan 28, 2014 4:33 PM

    Numbers are not really comparable between the two in order to determine who should or shouldn’t be in the HOF, as they both played different positions, and that would be like comparing apples to oranges. Sapp’s accolades are notable because he did all of that from the Defensive Tackle position, where it is theoretically harder to get those kinds of numbers in those categories…while Strahan on the other hand, did them from the Defensive End position, where it should be easier.

    Michael Strahan:

    Tackles: 854
    Sacks: 141.5
    Interceptions: 4
    Touchdowns: 3

    7× Pro Bowl (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005)
    4× First-team All-Pro (1997, 1998, 2001, 2003)
    2× Second-team All-Pro (2002, 2005)
    Super Bowl champion (XLII)
    2× NFC Champion (2000, 2007)
    AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2001)
    2× NFC Defensive Player of the Year (2001, 2003)
    NFL Alumni Pass Rusher of the Year (2003)
    Fifth in All-Time Career Sacks
    NFL season sacks record (22.5)
    New York Giants career sacks record (141.5)
    NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    New York Giants Ring of Honor
    Ranked 99th by The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players

    Warren Sapp:

    Tackles: 573
    Sacks: 96.5
    Forced Fumbles: 19
    Interceptions: 4

    7× Pro Bowl (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)
    4× AP First-Team All-Pro (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
    2× AP Second-Team All-Pro (1997, 1998)
    Super Bowl champion (XXXVII)
    AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1999)
    NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
    NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers #99 retired
    Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (2013)

  138. harvarddent says: Jan 28, 2014 4:39 PM

    Strahans reply. “A tiger doesn’t pay attention to sheep.”

  139. bbk1000 says: Jan 28, 2014 4:41 PM

    The jealousy Sapp has towards Strahan gets old.

    I’m still scratching my head about how Sapp got in the HOF before Strahan.

    The fact the league keeps him employed is mind boggling…..

    The only thing that should keep Strahan out of the HOF is his friendship with Glazer….

  140. tncheese says: Jan 28, 2014 4:45 PM

    Sapp is only good for 4 things. Smoking reefer, blowing his cash, cheap shots, & running his mouth. Be grateful you still have a job & shut up.

  141. squared80 says: Jan 28, 2014 4:49 PM

    Simple questions ISO simple answers…

    Why do I care what Warren Sapp has to say about anything, and why does he gets a ‘news’ article dedicated to it?

  142. smike747 says: Jan 28, 2014 4:52 PM

    In Sapps 12 year career he went to one super bowl and as for the 11 subsequent seasons his teams never even made the play offs. If Warren Sapp can get in HOF , anyone can.

  143. 8oneanddones says: Jan 28, 2014 4:53 PM

    It’s funny how Sapp “lost” his super bowl ring right before claiming he was too broke to pay child support.

  144. smike747 says: Jan 28, 2014 5:02 PM

    Who’s next ? Micheal Vick. lol

  145. punksinplay says: Jan 28, 2014 5:04 PM

    Sapp deserved it. Strahan deserves it. Sapp needs to let it go.

  146. lscratchingthesurface says: Jan 28, 2014 5:09 PM

    Sapp never says anything nice unless it’s about HIMSELF. Strahan is a great player.

  147. william1939 says: Jan 28, 2014 5:10 PM

    Sapp should keep his mouth shut. When ever he opens his mouth without cue cards (incidentally that someone else wrote) his ignorance come flowing out.
    He needs to heed the old saying. “Tis better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

  148. smike747 says: Jan 28, 2014 5:51 PM

    Chalk another one up for the fat guys !

  149. snaxdsp says: Jan 28, 2014 6:32 PM

    If anyone doesn’t belong it 2 tons of fun

  150. johnnycantread says: Jan 28, 2014 7:58 PM

    Hey Warren,
    Jealousy is such an ugly emotion.

  151. alihajisheik says: Jan 28, 2014 8:33 PM

    Sapp was so broke he had to sell his sneakers to satisfy his creditors….his sneakers!!

    Speaks volumes

  152. robgilman says: Jan 28, 2014 8:36 PM

    And Sapp sat on a stump collecting a paycheck for 3 years in Oakland. This guy is the biggest joke of a human being.

  153. jayquintana says: Jan 28, 2014 8:44 PM

    Strahan seems like a nice guy, Sapp like a richard. That said, I agree with Sapp. It’s the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of the Good, Solid, Dependable Player.

  154. mcdall20 says: Jan 28, 2014 9:00 PM

    Eagles fan here – Strahan absolutely is a HOF’er. Consider the source of the criticism – one a the most over-rated players of all time who has smoke-and-mirrored his way into the HOF. Fire up another blunt, fat boy!

  155. cannonjr68 says: Jan 28, 2014 9:57 PM

    Ok…this will be short. Warren Sapp is just another loud mouth who likes to hear himself talk. He’s nowhere near as intelligent as Michael Strahan
    , so when you’re not smart and can’t think of things to say you have to tear other people down. If that doesn’t do it for you, how about stats. Strahan is 5th on alltime sack list and Sapp is 35th….enough said.

  156. war27 says: Jan 29, 2014 12:32 AM

    robgilman says:
    Jan 28, 2014 8:36 PM
    And Sapp sat on a stump collecting a paycheck for 3 years in Oakland. This guy is the biggest joke of a human being.

    ———————————

    Not really. ’05 and ’06 he was pretty good. I’d take 15 sacks in 26 games from someone in that spot again.

    He really should have been a pro-bowler in ’06. He would have been if he wasn’t a Raider.

    He made the mistake of wanting to play one more year and losing a ton of weight in ’07.

    I hate the guy but gotta give him credit, even in Oakland he was a good player that was past his prime.

  157. OnceACOWBOYFAN says: Jan 29, 2014 1:09 AM

    Stran, and Zapp……

    Any player that would fight a head coach right out in front of 80,000 fans is not too bright… Straydog,you bad? WHOCARES…..

  158. omeimontis says: Jan 29, 2014 3:13 AM

    I have no respect for Warren Sapp. He grabbed Jerry Rice by the face mask and injured him so severely that Rice never recovered fully from the injury.

  159. raiders4ever says: Jan 29, 2014 4:03 AM

    Sapp does not deserve to be in the HOF…i watch the NFL closely i follow my favorite team and follow the NFL year after year week after week..and wow the voters really dropped the ball on this one..I cant even Say Sapp is over ratted because i never hear anyone praise him like they do other HOFers ..as far as NFL football goes Sapp is a nobody…

  160. jtom11 says: Jan 29, 2014 4:19 AM

    A couple of things many of you have either missed or else you don’t know much about football. First of all, Warren Sapp was an interior lineman and Michael Strahan played defensive end. Anybody comparing tackle and sack numbers between the two is a moron plain and simple. In fact, if my memory serves me, Warren Sapp had more career sacks than any interior lineman in the history of the NFL (either him or John Randle I believe). Anyway, Warren Sapp is a sure-fire first ballot hall-of-famer for good reason. In his prime he was the best defensive tackle in the history of the game. Michael Strahan was great too, but nowhere near the best in the history of the game at his position. The second thing is to all you people defending Strahan’s sack record. The whole play was scripted right from the get-go. TV cameras caught Favre and Strahan having a conversation right before that play. In the huddle Favre obviously told his team to leave Strahan unblocked and he was going to roll right into an unblocked Stahan. From there, Favre simply hot the dirt right in front of him so he could touch him and get credit for the sack. Anybody with half a brain cell could see the whole thing was orchestrated. I don’t particularly like either guy but Sapp was definitely the more dominant player and his first-ballot status is ligitimate.

  161. rgarritt says: Jan 29, 2014 5:15 AM

    Material of this ilk should not be published. Sapp is a sell-out and a jerk. Everyone knows that.

  162. dfco74 says: Jan 29, 2014 7:42 AM

    Sapp is a fraud. Ira Kaufman from the Tampa tribune are you happy you went out on the limb for this clown.

  163. willkill4caffeine says: Jan 29, 2014 8:43 AM

    Sounds Like Sapp has a big case of the ‘denials’. Hey Warren, here’s the only two lines that matter.

    Warren Sapp: 198 games played, 438 tackles, 96.5 sacks, 19 FF, 4 INT’s

    Michael Strahan: 216 Games played, 667 tackles, 141.5, 24 FF, 4 INT’s

    Although let’s be honest, you’d probably do anything to not know what your two numbers side-by-side look like. Because then you’d realize how bitter and bitchy you sound.

  164. gutaz says: Jan 29, 2014 10:53 AM

    C’mon Man! Sapp don’t be the sap most everyone (excluding your mom of coarse) else thinks you are! “Silence is Golden” man! Mom must have taught you that!

  165. rjmcconne says: Jan 29, 2014 11:01 AM

    For those of you comparing Sapp’s statline to Strahan’s stat line, just stop it. They played two different positions. While we’re at it, let’s go ahead and compare Sapp’s INT total to Deion Sanders’ INT total. Sapp is a jerk, no question about it. But, he was by far the very best at his position for many years. NFL GMs and personnel still talk about trying to find the next Warren Sapp in the draft.

    One could make a very strong argument that Warren Sapp is the best Defensive Tackle to have ever played the game. That same argument can’t be made about Strahan and the DE position.

  166. gutaz says: Jan 29, 2014 11:26 AM

    All I’m saying is that these two heavyweights warriors belong in the Football Hall of Fame! If Sapp purpose was to create a little controversy he adamantly succeeded! Just look at all the posts! But, C’mon man you don’t throw another warrior under the bus because as as firm believer in Karma it always comes back at you! By the way Sap you suck at game time analysis! Get Chucky to take your place!

  167. newtdobbs says: Jan 29, 2014 11:32 AM

    Neither Sapp or Strayhan should be in the hall if Charles Haley, the only player to have earned 5 Super Bowl rings is not in.

  168. patbetw says: Jan 29, 2014 11:35 AM

    Just Sapp trying to get some air time.

  169. blu4l1fe says: Jan 29, 2014 11:57 AM

    I wouldn’t take any of this seriously. Strahan has to realize where the comments are coming from. And as a lot have already stated, they are entirely different players who played different positions. Why would Sapp all of a sudden say something offensive about someone he used to play against? I don’t know, maybe he’s sour about something from back then. When it comes down to it, it’s really just non-sense.

    Hey, I’m not part of the committee that decides who gets inducted or who’s rejected into the HOF, but last I checked Sapp didn’t all of sudden become a member of that same committee. Funny though, he’s talking about someone and referring to their so-called “tarnished” sack record as if he’s stats, without any doubt, entitles him to the HOF. Way to be mature, wait, sorry, forgot who I was talking about.

    Think about it, when was the last time Sapp’s name was mentioned in the news wires before him making this comment?

    What’s next, he’s gonna say MeShawn definitely deserves HOF balloting coz he played with him and witnessed him catch the ball?

  170. royalsfan1969 says: Jan 29, 2014 12:07 PM

    Warren YOU are a DB really? what makes you think YOU have the right to be in the HOF many of US don’t think so.

  171. bigblackanvil says: Jan 29, 2014 12:12 PM

    Why Warren why??!!?? Please man. Just…hush…..shhhhh…..hush……..Strahan deserves HOF# HTTR

  172. chawk12thman says: Jan 29, 2014 1:31 PM

    Warren is such a Sapp…..

  173. jetvet77 says: Jan 29, 2014 2:45 PM

    Not enough cheese in the world for this wine – er

    FYI NFL Network – get him off the air, no doubt many like myself change the channel rather than listen to him open his pie hole

    Michael – plzzzz, take the high road from now on (even tho the McDonalds jab was funny) (= (= (=

  174. keetoosya says: Jan 29, 2014 6:19 PM

    Sapp is correct about Strahans Mythical Sack record though. Anyone with common sense can see that the sack was planned out.

  175. 2plo says: Jan 30, 2014 9:21 AM

    People need to pump their brakes, they both belong in the HOF. For the Sapp haters, he was never blocked one on one!

  176. dionte08 says: Jan 30, 2014 2:04 PM

    Warren Sapp always has diaryeah of the mouth. I don’t like his fat butt and never have. Michael should have gone in the HOF before Sapp. He sure lives up to last name.

  177. maximus929 says: Jan 30, 2014 2:06 PM

    Brett Favre didn’t do Strahan any favors by doing that fall down in front of Strahan.

    Does he deserve that record? no.

    Does he belong in the HOF? Obviously.

    What is wrong with Sapp? What is the upside for saying what you said.

    1) you’re wrong.

    2) There’s not one person who agrees with you.

  178. haydenfox99 says: Jan 30, 2014 4:27 PM

    Sapp needs to slowly roll off into the sunset and to never be heard from again. What a loser. I can’t stand to watch him or Irving. Both are blowhards and need to shut up. I won’t watch the shows they are on for this reason.

  179. 2plo says: Jan 30, 2014 6:44 PM

    I bet if you asked the coaches and the players in the league who the big dog was….they would say Sapp. the O line and the D line are wear Superbowles are won. If Payton gets alot of heat this week, Denver louses!

  180. lp0320 says: Jan 30, 2014 7:54 PM

    Why does anyone even lend credence to Warren Sapp? Sapp lost all of his money, filed bankruptcy, spouts off on an irrelevant sports show and is usually wrong about what he is opining on.

    Michael Strahan, on the other hand, has a great morning show with Kelly Ripa, still has his super bowl ring, and is on a Fox Sports show on Sunday.

    If you ask me, someone’s a little jealous about the Strahan’s ability to remain relevant.

  181. cursedvikings1998 says: Jan 31, 2014 3:44 PM

    Okay I finally unraveled the mystery of Warren Sapp’s dislike for Michael Strahan.

    Warren Sapp was Brett Favre’s boyfriend. Then Brett Favre broke up with Warren on national television by allowing Michael Strahan to sack him and get the sack record. Sapp was furious to see Favre “cheating” on him with Strahan on national television.

    And there you go.

  182. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jan 31, 2014 6:12 PM

    Personally I don’t think an NFL player helps his reputation by being Kelly Ripa’s tea buddy.

  183. defscottyb says: Feb 1, 2014 1:25 AM

    I agree with Sapp, Strahan was not good enough. Good but not great.

  184. alligatorsnapper says: Feb 2, 2014 10:25 PM

    Sapp wasn’t good enough to be in HOF. My opinion is worthless on this. So is Sapp’s. Is Sapp just being vindictive or has some other problem? Why can’t he just wish a fellow former player well and leave well enough alone?

  185. carryingconcealed says: Feb 3, 2014 12:50 PM

    If integrity is a prerequisite to HOF induction then Strahan doesn’t get in. Anyone who watched that faux sack that Favre handed him and who still believes he owns the record is either an idiot, or is just an idiot.

    And, no, he wouldn’t have still sacked Favre even if Favre didn’t lay down for him because Favre wouldn’t have intentionally rolled out to his right like he did.

    One of the most ridiculous plays in the history of sports and everyone glossed over it because of the two future HOF jackasses involved.

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