Warren Sapp was positive he deserved to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but didn't expect to make it in on the first try because he'd have to oppose retired New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, who he believes is the "media darling."
“Absolutely [I was concerned]," Sapp told WDAE in Tampa. "Say if I rewind this to Saturday at 12 o’clock me and you are sitting and I say, ‘It breaks down whatever and whatever and then you have Michael Strahan and me. C’mon, the menace and the media darling,' C’mon. Madness, or Good Morning America? I mean, c’mon.”
Strahan is widely supported and adored by fans, viewers, players, coaches and media alike, but that was the case long before he began his media career. He's loved because of his passion for the game and the type of person he is, not because his face is often seen on television. And while Sapp was right about being concerned, it should have been because Strahan was a better football player.
Needless to say, voters didn't see things that way and Strahan was snubbed, while the over-the-top Sapp was voted in.
The irony here is that Sapp, himself, is a member of the media … although perhaps not for long. He was wildly incorrect about tight end Jeremy Shockey being the BountyGate whistleblower, and his meltdown on Super Bowl Sunday over the Ray Lewis murder trial may have been enough to end his tenure with NFL Network.
At the end of the day (royalties to Antrel Rolle), Strahan's moment in Canton will come, and being snubbed in favor of Sapp will be forgotten. When the next generation of football fans look back on history, it'll be no secret that Strahan was a premiere defensive end and one of the best ever, while Sapp will be remembered for being Jekyll-and-Hyde on a daily basis.
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