Soon-to-be NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp questioned former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan's credentials to join the greats in Canton. Sapp blasted Strahan and said the current "Good Morning America" host made a career of playing football against "the weak guy," the Tampa Tribune reports.
Sapp made his feelings known on Wednesday and called Strahan a near "bust" before changing sides on the d-line to matchup against the opponents' less talented players. The jab came as Sapp argued his former Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate Simeon Rice as more deserving for the Hall of Fame than Strahan.
"Nobody ever talks about Simeon," Sapp told the Tribune. "Simeon was a better rusher than Michael Strahan any day of the week and twice on Sunday."
Rice played with Sapp on the Bucs from 2001-03. During those three years, Rice averaged 14 sacks per season. He finished his 12-year career with 122 sacks.
"(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."
Strahan finished his 15-year career with 141.5 sacks, and he set the single-season record in 2011 with 22.5 sacks.
Sapp narrowly beat out Strahan for a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013, according to NY Daily News. He shared his surprise shortly after the February announcement and managed to pique Strahan at the same time.
"Come on, the menace or the media darling?" Sapp said during a TV interview last February. "Come on, madness or Good Morning America? I mean, come on."
Strahan told Sapp, via Twitter, to "enjoy your moment. You don't need to take a shot at me to justify yourself to other people."
Strahan hasn't yet responded to Sapp's latest comments.