Former defensive end Michael Strahan is considered a favorite to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, but an old nemesis believes he should be kept out. Warren Sapp said on NFL Network that his resume doesn't stack up and comes up short compared to other inductees, via Newsday:
"When you stack it up," Sapp said, "and he only has four straight Pro Bowls [actually three straight on two different occasions] and a mythical sack record that y'all still walk around like it's something to be praised -- I mean y'all have got to get off your high horse in New York and speak about the real. And when you really measure him up, he comes up short."
There's a reasonable debate to be had about Strahan's resume, but if you know anything about his history with Sapp, you already know where this is going:
Sapp went on: "When you talk about stacking it up it just don't stack that high, except y'all are giving to him. Y'all don't take that same critical eye as when you're looking at somebody else. Oh, it's Michael, aww, he's our guy, he's on TV with Kelly [Ripa] and oh, he's such a good guy!
"I thought you got into the Hall because your resume stacked up with the echoes of the game -- not just the good, the great. And four straight Pro Bowls [is good], but it ain't great and we're talking about the Hall, right?"
Sapp and Strahan have been feuding for most of their playing career, a feud that continued long after both men were out of football. Sapp is upset over Strahan setting the single-season sack record in 2002, believing Brett Favre took a dive. He called the incident a "travesty" and Strahan responded by calling Sapp a "jackass." As you can see, they have failed to smooth things over.
Sapp was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013 after piling up 96.5 sacks over a 13-year career. Strahan played for 15 years and recorded 141.5 sacks. The Hall of Fame 2014 class will be announced Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. ET.