Hall of Fame defensive lineman Warren Sapp believes former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan wasn’t worthy of induction. Sapp’s main premise surrounds getting his former teammate Simeon Rice elected first, but instead of promoting his teammate’s accomplishments he preaches that Strahan “comes up short” of his standard for the Hall.
“I don’t understand what the problem is, to be honest with you,” Strahan said, via the New York Daily News. “If you have a problem with me, I’m the type of guy you come and talk to me. I’m not a coward to talk to somebody else when I have somebody’s number. I’m going to come to you and tell you if I have a problem. So I don’t understand what this whole thing is about.”
This is the second time Strahan has addressed Sapp in the hours following his comments.
“Football was part of my life, but it is not my entire life,” Strahan told Dan Graziano of ESPN New York. ”So for some guys, maybe that’s their entire life and that’s all they have to hold onto. Playing football, sacking quarterbacks, that was part of my life, and I did it and I moved on. The tiger does not pay attention to the opinion of the sheep.”
Strahan zeroed in on the “hype” part of it.
“I am. I’m all hype,” Strahan said. “I lasted 15 years, all hype. I had 141.5 career sacks, all hype. I was always a starter. I played left end, and that made me get sacks. My coaches kept putting me in the game because they felt it gave us the best chance to win, and that was all hype.”