Retired Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Warren Sapp blasted Michael Strahan, saying he’s not as good as his former teammate Simeon Rice.
Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Bay Tribune says the feud between the two NFL greats took a fresh turn on Wednesday when Sapp says Strahan wasn’t even close to Rice’s prowess as a pass rusher.
Sapp, who played with Rice with the Buccaneers for three seasons, says nobody talks about his former teammate who, in his opinion, is far better than Strahan.
“Nobody ever talks about Simeon. Simeon was a better rusher than Michael Strahan any day of the week and twice on Sunday.”
Sapp also reiterates Strahan’s 15-year career only made waves when he was moved from right end to the left side, per Kaufman.
“(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.’
“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.”
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News writes Strahan narrowly missed out being elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility last February. Sapp, to the surprise of some, was selected ahead of Strahan to be part of the Class of 2013.
Vacchiano says Sapp made it clear he was a bit surprised as well, believing the final spot in that class came down to him and Strahan. Sapp then re-ignited a feud that began in 2002 when he questioned Strahan’s controversial, single-season record-breaking sack of Brett Favre, by stating in a TV interview after the Hall election that he feared Strahan’s reputation as a “media darling” would be enough to get him in first.
“Come on, the menace and the media darling? Come on, madness or Good Morning America? I mean, come on.”
In the New York Daily News article, Strahan responded via Twitter chiding Sapp to “enjoy your moment. You don’t need to take a shot at me to justify yourself to other people.”
While Sapp was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in February, Strahan will have to wait until 2014, his second year of eligibility.