During the 2001 NFL season New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan broke the single season record for sacks after Brett Favre practically fell over to secure his record breaking sack. Tampa Bay defensive tackle Warren Sapp took offense to this act and told reporters he believed there should be an asterisk next to Strahan’s record. Strahan responded by questioning Sapp’s diet and said he took one too many trips to McDonalds.
It is safe to say Sapp and Strahan don’t like each other.
As Sapp was elected into the NFL Hall of Fame last season, he is now being asked by the media who else should be in the Hall of Fame.
Sapp recently told the Tampa Tribune that he would put former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Simeon Rice in the Hall of Fame over Michael Strahan.
“Simeon was a better rusher than Michael Strahan any day of the week and twice on Sunday,” Sapp told the Tampa Tribune.
Rice ended his career with the 13th most sacks in an NFL career with 122. Rice is also a three time Pro Bowler, a Super Bowl champion and had double digit sacks in eight of his twelve NFL seasons.
Sapp believes Rice had a harder time getting to the quarterback because he had to face left tackles while Strahan lined up against right tackles.
“[Rice] didn’t rush the worst lineman,” Sapp said. “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.’ 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.”
In the end, both players will most likely make the Hall of Fame but Strahan will make it there quicker than Rice.
Maybe Sapp can show up for Strahan’s acceptance speech.