Warren Sapp said he apologized to former New York Giants’ pass rusher Michael Strahan for his comments regarding the defensive end’s Hall of Fame candidacy.
Strahan was one of seven players elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
“I hugged him and wouldn’t let him go,” Sapp said Sunday on NFL Network. “I said, ‘Please forgive me.’ I said, ‘Dumb Lex Luthor came to the city of Gotham and pulled Superman’s cape. How foolish could I have been, my man? Please forgive me.’
“If he tells the story any different, he’s lying to you, America, because I sure did apologize. I’m going to beg for forgiveness because there’s a party in Canton, and I promise you, I’m not going to miss it.”
Sapp, a seven-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman who had 96.5 sacks in his 13-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders, questioned Strahan’s Hall of Fame credentials.
“I don’t think his résumé stacks up,” Sapp said. “Four straight Pro Bowls and a mythical sack record. When you really measure it up, he comes up short, except you all are giving it to him.”
Strahan recorded 141.5 sacks in his 15-year NFL career and set the league’s single-season record with 22.5 sacks in 2001.