Former NFL defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, reiterated Tuesday why he thinks Simeon Rice is better than Michael Strahan.
Sapp made the same argument on the NFL Network as he did last week when he said Strahan’s sack numbers are inflated because he faced right tackles, while Rice faced the better left tackles throughout his NFL career.
“For all of the people who are not historians of the football as I am, Michael Strahan started his career at right defensive end in New York to replace Lawrence Taylor,” said Sapp, transcribed by ProFootballTalk.com. “The great Lawrence Taylor. In those three years, [Strahan] had 12 sacks, which averages out to four a year. So they put ‘B-U-S’ and they said, ‘Wait, before we call him a bust let’s move him to the left side.’ Hey, there you go. Ten-and-a-half sacks a year, 128. He’s a great left end. Simeon Rice [had] 122 [sacks] at right end and ain’t never been moved.”
Strahan retired from the New York Giants after the 2007 season with 141.5 sacks, ranking him fifth on the NFL’s all-time list, while Rice retired with 122 career sacks.
On Monday, Tiki Barber, Strahan’s teammate in New York, fired back at Sapp’s comments, saying, “Warren’s an idiot. He just wants to say things to be idiotic. I played with Stray for my whole career. He is the greatest of the great. He is a great teammate, he kept things light, but on game day he was as serious as a heart attack and it showed in his play.”