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Michael Strahan, Warren Sapp engage in Hall of Fame tiff

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

Michael Strahan could be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday. This is not something Warren Sapp thinks should happen.

"When you stack it up, he only has four straight Pro Bowls and a mythical sack record that y'all still walk around like it's something to be praised," Sapp told NFL Network on Tuesday. "I mean y'all have got to get off your high horse in New York and speak about the real. And when you really measure him up, he comes up short."

Strahan, who ranks fifth all-time in career sacks, gamely returned serve.

"Football was part of my life, but it is not my entire life," Strahan said. "So for some guys, maybe that's their entire life and that's all they have to hold on to. Playing football, sacking quarterbacks, that was part of my life, and I did it and I moved on. The tiger does not pay attention to the opinion of the sheep."

Sapp indicated that Strahan's "good guy" image is phony, and TV popularity has played a role in getting him the attention needed to be inducted into the HOF.

"I am, I'm all hype," Strahan continued. "I lasted 15 years, all hype. I had 141.5 career sacks, all hype. I was always a starter. I played left end, and that made me get sacks. My coaches kept putting me in the game because they felt it gave us the best chance to win, and that was all hype."

Sapp would go on to tell The Jim Rome Show that he was saying that Strahan comes up short when compared to the four new finalists -- Tony Dungy, Derrick Brooks, Marvin Harrison, and Walter Jones -- as opposed to saying that Strahan comes up short with respect to the Hall's standards.

The former Bucs defensive tackle also told Rome that he's not afraid to say what he said to Strahan's face.

"Pick the spot and I'll come see you and you can have a dose of it," said Sapp. "If you think that's what it is, pick the spot and I'll come see you."

On Wednesday, Boomer Esiason weighed in on the matter during The Boomer and Carton Show.

"He doesn't realize when he's insulting people," Esiason said. "He's insulted me. He's insulted Michael Strahan now, he's insulted other players, and he never ever looks in the mirror to realize what his words and how he delivers his words ... and the weight that they carry and the sting that comes along with them.

"And quite frankly, I think he's an embarrassment to anybody who's ever played the game of football because he feels like he's on an island somewhere by himself. And his unprovoked attack on Michael Strahan is ridiculous."

 
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