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Warren Sapp: “Simeon Rice was a Better Rusher than Michael Strahan Any Day of the Week”

June 20th, 2013 at 11:10 AM
By Dan Benton

Warren Gum Flap Sapp is at it again. And, per the usual, his target is former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan. This time however, he's not boasting about how he was a better player than "media darling" Strahan; instead, he's suggesting that Simeon Rice was also a better player than the NFL's single-season sacks leader.

"Simeon was a better rusher than Michael Strahan any day of the week and twice on Sunday," Sapp told The Tampa Tribune.

This latest unprovoked onslaught comes on the heels of Sapp's criticism of Strahan following No. 92's Hall of Fame snub — a criticism that resulted in some exchanged fire courtesy of the retired Giants legend.

While Sapp has merely become background noise for most, blending in with the other irrelevant sounds of the day, some feel the need to continue to put a microphone in front of his face. And, let's be honest, this is a guy who is always going to have something negative to say; some comment meant to stir the pot and help him cling to whatever relevance he has left.

"[Rice] didn't rush the worst lineman," said Warren Sapp. "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.' "

Keep in mind, this is the very same man who once blamed former Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey for blowing the whistle on the New Orleans Saints' bountygate situation — an assertion that Sapp sticks with to this day despite being proven erroneous.

Sapp went on to end this verbal onslaught by suggesting that Rice is more deserving of the Hall of Fame than Strahan.

For comparison sake, Strahan finished his NFL career with 141.5 sacks, seven Pro Bowl appearances, five first-team All-Pro nods and a Super Bowl ring. He was also a two-time NFC Defensive Player of the Year and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2001. Rice, meanwhile, finished his career with 122 sacks, three Pro Bowl appearances, four first-time All-Pro nods and a Super Bowl ring.

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17 Responses to “Warren Sapp: “Simeon Rice was a Better Rusher than Michael Strahan Any Day of the Week””

  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    I dig Sapp. Was one of my favorite players when he played. But he’s a fool. Much respect to Simeon Rice, he was a terrific player, but Strahan was a better pass rusher.

    In other news…. Aaron Hernandez. Gonna be arrested. Hernandez possibly done for good in the NFL, and Gronk having surgery after surgery, looks like Ballard might be their starter.

  2.  JimStoll says:

    Sapp can’t be serious
    Michael was the best overall defensive end for 15 years
    he could rush the passer and play the run
    and he played every snap
    there were plenty others who may have been better pure pass rushers by some metric, but none was a better overall defensive end

  3.  Krow says:

    Does Strahan own this guy or what ? Sapp is totally his b1tch.

    •  sonnymooks says:

      Sapp has had jealousy and envy issues his whole life.

      Note, Rice is also one of his friends.

      But Sapps jealousy and envy issues are toxic, and his insecurities aren’t just manifesting themselves now, they have been prevalent his whole life, from when he was a kid with no sneakers, to when he was at Miami through his NFL career and even now in the broadcast booth.

      How an accomplished, wealthy and successful former NFL star can have just insane issues of jealousy and envy and insecurity is beyond my understanding.

  4.  norm says:

    Former Giants GM George Young – one of the smartest men to ever work in an NFL front office – once described his chosen profession thusly:

    “We are not in the business of well-adjusted human beings.”

    The Aaron Hernandez story is sad, unsettling, and ugly. But it is not especially shocking. The shock is that we don’t see a greater incidence of that kind of off the field behavior from a pool of young men that have been largely selected for their psychopathic tendencies. Frankly, it’s an absurd expectation to think that every borderline psychopath in their 20s will be able to successfully restrict those tendencies to just the confines of a football field. A degree of spillover into the real world is inevitable, regardless of how much money those young men stand to lose by doing so.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Agreed, but when it rolls over into shooting someone in the face in your car (allegedly a mistake, but who really believes that?) and quite possibly being involved in murder I think we get far beyond the usual maladjustments of the typical NFL player.

      Makes you wonder about the vaunted Patriots’ organization and its reputation as the best in the league. Their psychologists seemed to have really struck out on Hernandez (and quite possibly on Gronk as well).

      I like the two tight ends we’ll have better than I like Ballard, but I sure wish now we’d not lost him to the Pats. They’d be up the creek without a paddle and suddenly having to really worry about the Fins in 2013.

    •  rlhjr says:

      When asked to comment on one “Lawrence Taylor’s” late night activities, antics and rumored drug usage, Mr. Young replied:

      “We’re not talking about a choir boy here”… LOL

  5.  rlhjr says:

    Sapp was too good a player to be such a jealous btch he’s turning out to be.
    He is straight jealous of 92 and it’s not even hard to see.

    While Rice was an excellent player, Strahan was infinitely better pass rusher and run stuffer than Rice could ever aspire to be. In short Strahan was physically stronger, and substantially more agile that Rice.

    And Strahan did not have the benefit of having a DT anywhere near the talent level of Sapp playing next to him. Rice would not have been much of a threat without Sapp. Warren should basically STFU.

    Krow is right; Sapp has Strahan on his mind all the time. He needs some couch time to help him cope.

    •  sonnymooks says:

      Not “turned out to be”, but always was.

      Before they became friends, Sapp has issues of jealousy with Lynch (Lynch grew up with a very privileged background, his family owns various tv and radio outlets, they lived in a gated community, etc).

      Sapp used to try and pick fights with Lynch until one day when Lynch beat the crap out of Sapp in front of the team….

      The above story isn’t gossip from unknown second hand, it is sourced directly from Warren Sapp talking about how he grew to respect and like Lynch (he told the story to the media the day Lynch officially retired).

      But it tells you alot about the mindset and envy issues and jealousy that plagued Sapp through his life.

  6.  purorock says:

    Runyan was the worst tackle in the league? Did Sapp always line up against the best guards? Bet not. Betchya strategy and winning came before lining up against the best guy across that line of scrimmage.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Sapp was a truly great player and has become a “colorful” media presence. What he has to say about Strahan is obviously irrelevant since he cannot get over his jealousy. That’s his problem, not ours.

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    Rice was his teammate. So Sapp is going to think this. Jordan probably thinks Pippen is better than Lebron. I do think he makes a fair critique in Strahan playing mostly against RTs. I still don’t agree with Sapp but I think that’s a fair argument in judging Strahan’s greatness as a player as compared to other great players. But this is much to do about nothing.

    •  purorock says:

      Sure, he has a right to his opinion, but why voice it and bury Strahan at the same time? Talk up Rice, fine, but leave Stray out of your mouth.

  9.  norm says:

    I just hope Sapp is a better at evaluating the talents of defensive tackles than he is at defensive ends.

    When Marvin Austin was drafted, Sapp absolutely raved about the pick and in effect said that Austin would turn out to be the closest thing the NFL has seen to Warren Sapp since the retirement of Warren Sapp.

    Oh well… looks like Sapp got that one wrong as well (although – dare I say it again? – that won’t prevent Austin from being a Giant in 2013 ;))

    •  rlhjr says:

      I think you’re right about Austin Norm. I’m gulty (again) of going with my emotions over what may be written in stone.

      But Austin should be on the “HOT SEAT” this year. I really hope Austin wakes up this preseason and beyond.

  10.  rlhjr says:

    I heard static about Aaron Hernandez early (5AM) this morning on my way to work.

    What exactly is the deal? Not authorized to use radio or cell phone in my building. So what ever I hear during the day comes from you guys or at 2:45 when the let me out of my cage.

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