Warren Sapp was known as a trash talker on the field. Off the field, things have certainly not changed.
The former defensive tackle and Hall of Fame inductee from 2013 told the media at Super Bowl Media Day that Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist Michael Strahan does not deserve to be voted in this year. According to Sapp, his main beef centers around Strahan’s single season sack record which he believes was tainted when Brett Favre intentionally slid down in front of Strahan. He also dislikes that Strahan’s media persona may be clouding some voters judgement.
“You all just give it to him. You all don’t take that same critical eye when you’re looking at someone else,” he told everyone on Tuesday. “I thought you got into the Hall because your resume stacked up with the greats of the game.”
This is not the first time these two behemoths have chided each other. In fact, according to an article on Yahoo Sports, Warren Sapp has “waged a personal war against Giants defensive end Michael Strahan for years.” And according to a tweet from Neil Best of Newsday, this kind of publicity could actually work Strahan’s favor in the eyes of voters when Hall Of Fame ballots are tallied this Satruday.
“Comments of @warrensapp can only help @michaelstrahan among @ProFootballHOF voters,” Best tweeted yesterday. “Mr. Sapp is not personally popular among many of them.”
Strahan shouldn’t feel alone however, as Sapp also took aim at cornerback Richard Sherman during the media outing as well. He voiced his displeasure when Richard Sherman taunted 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree after sealing the victory for his team in the NFC Championship game two weeks back.
He called Richard Sherman a hypocrite, when, in the days leading up to the game, Sherman told reporters, “I don’t know if there’s going to be handshakes after this one,” but then proceeded to try and shake Crabtree’s hand at the end of the game.
“Now when the scoreboard is in your favor you want to stick your hand out to somebody?” the NFL Network analyst said. “I find that to not be walking the walk.”
Warren Sapp, 41, played nine seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and finished the last four years of his career with the Oakland Raiders. He was also a four-time All-Pro and finished his career with a whopping 96.5 sacks.
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