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.
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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