In fact, now he says he doesn't think Strahan deserves to be in at all.
"When you stack it up and 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 — I mean y'all have got to get off your high horse in New York and speak about the real," Sapp said on Tuesday, according to a report in Newsday. "When you really measure him up, he comes up short."
Strahan, the former Giants defensive end, is one of 15 modern-day finalists who'll be considered for enshrinement in the Hall's Class of 2014 when the selection committee meets on Saturday morning. Strahan made the cut from 15 to 10 last year, but was eliminated when the finalists were whittled to five.
He is widely considered to be close to a lock to get in this year.
But Sapp, speaking at Super Bowl Media Day during a brunch for NFL Network analysts, doesn't agree, especially when compared to some of the other people on the ballot.
Michael Strahan, who makes it into the Top 10 of Pro Football Hall of Fame voting last year, looks like a lock to be elected this year.
"I don't think his resume stacks up when you put Tony Dungy, Walter Jones, Marvin Harrison and Derrick Brooks up," Sapp said. "Those are four first-ballot Hall of Famers."
Sapp, of course, has never been a fan of Strahan and they have traded barbs since way back in 2002 when Strahan set the single-season sack record of 22-1/2. The record-breaking sack came on what looked like a dive by Strahan's friend, Packers quarterback Brett Favre. Sapp said that was a "travesty," which prompted Strahan to call him "a *******."
Their war of words continued all the way through this summer, prior to Sapp's enshrinement in the Hall, when he said his old teammate, Simeon Rice, was more deserving of Hall consideration than Strahan because Rice "was a better rusher than Michael Strahan any day of the week and twice on Sunday."
Now with Strahan's second shot at the Hall coming, Sapp went on the attack again.
"When you talk about stacking it up, it just don't stack that high, except y'all are giving to him," he said. "Y'all don't take that same critical eye as when you're looking at somebody else. 'Oh, it's Michael. Awww, he's our guy. He's on TV with Kelly (Ripa)' and 'Oh, he's such a good guy!'
"I thought you got into the Hall because your resume stacked up with the echoes of the game — not just the good, the great. And four straight Pro Bowls (actually three for Strahan) ain't great. And we're talking about the Hall, right?"
Why is Sapp so determined to make a public case that Strahan isn't Hall-worthy? Because, he said "When you hear the history and the love and the reverence that they have for it you don't want it cheated."
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