It's irritating enough that Warren Sapp is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame ahead of Giants' DE Michael Strahan, but does he have to kick Michael every step along the way?
Don't get me wrong, Sapp is a HOFer, and so will be Strahan, but when it comes to class, Sapp is showing little in his post-playing career.
The dissing could be because Michael is having incredible post-season success as a television analyst and host while Sapp has been shut down for his penchant for placing said foot in said mouth.
Accroding to Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, Sapp stated that his former Buc teammate, Simeon Rice, was a better pass rusher than Strahan:
"(Rice) didn't rush the worst lineman. You know the right tackle is the worst of the five. Strahan played right end his first four years. When they were putting the label on him as a bust, they put 'B-U-S . 'OK, let's transition him on the other side and see if he can play in his fourth year.'There is some validity to Sapp's assessment. Statistically, Rice was every bit productive as Strahan when it came to bringing down QBs:
They put him at right end and he couldn't do it, so they moved him to the weak guy. One-on-one with the (Eagles right tackle) Jon Runyans for eight quarters every year. Sim won't ever have his name brought up (for the Hall of Fame), and that's a shame. He's one of the best pass rushers I've ever encountered in my life."
Strahan holds the single-season mark for sacks with 22.5 (2001) and had 141.5 overall in his 15 year career, fifth all-time. Rice compiled 122 sacks over 12 seasons, good enough for 13th on the NFL all-time list.
Strahan was clearly a better player. He amassed 667 tackles in 216 games while Rice had 392 tackles in 174 games played.
Anyone care to argue that...?