The feud between former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp is no secret to anyone. It's also no secret that it's grown worse in recent months.
Strahan was not part of the NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2013, but Sapp was; something Strahan has been very upset about and many felt Strahan was a more deserving candidate. Sapp decided to publicly go after Strahan last week in an interview and said his former Super Bowl teammate, Simeon Rice, was a better pass-rusher than Strahan in his career.
On Monday, at the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic, Strahan's former teammate and current Giants defensive captain, Justin Tuck, spoke in defense of him and had a pretty clear message for Sapp, as he told Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.
Back in 2007 when the Giants and Strahan were in a contract dispute, the team considered signing Rice to the team in case Strahan held out any further or decided to opt for retirement, but Strahan eventually ended his hold out and helped be a part of one of the best pass rushing unit that season with 53 sacks.
Strahan did have the better numbers in his career over Rice, finishing 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.
Sapp also said that Strahan wasn't Hall of Fame material and Rice deserved a nod before Strahan did. But then again, this is also the same guy who said former Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey was the "whistle-blower" in the New Orleans Saints bountygate scandal, when Shockey was clearly innocent of that charge.
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