While Super Bowl storylines abound this week, comments by Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp have added another layer to the football discourse leading up to the big game.
On Tuesday, Sapp told the NFL Network he does not think Michael Strahan should be on the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 list when it is announced on Saturday. Strahan, a defensive end who played 15 seasons with the New York Giants, is one of 15 finalists for the class.
"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 said.
Terry Bradshaw was notified of the story by former NFL coach and fellow Fox analyst Jimmy Johnson. A Hall of Famer who also works with Strahan on Fox, Bradshaw tells ThePostGame he is appalled at Sapp.
"Why would a Hall of Famer say something like that? Doesn't he realize Mike's going to get in? Mike's going to know that one of the brothers didn't want him in. That is, being brothers of the fraternity of the Hall of Fame," Bradshaw says.
Strahan is a seven-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro, Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl Champion. He finished his career with 141.5 sacks, enough for fifth all-time. Strahan's 22.5 sacks in 2001 is the single-season record.
Sapp posted 96.5 career sacks from the interior part of the line in 13 seasons.
"I thought initially he's intoxicated," Bradshaw said of Sapp's comments. "To say something like that about a great player who's going into the Hall of Fame, that's pretty classless. It's unfortunate. He ought to be ashamed of himself."
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