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Giants’ Justin Tuck to Warren Sapp: “Michael Strahan is the Best Pass Rusher Who Ever Lived”

June 24th, 2013 at 1:30 PM
By Douglas Rush

'Super Bowl-2-2' photo (c) 2012, Stephen Luke - license: The feud between former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp is no secret to anyone. It's also no secret that it's grown worse in recent months.

Strahan was not part of the NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2013, but Sapp was; something Strahan has been very upset about and many felt Strahan was a more deserving candidate. Sapp decided to publicly go after Strahan last week in an interview and said his former Super Bowl teammate, Simeon Rice, was a better pass-rusher than Strahan in his career.

On Monday, at the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic, Strahan's former teammate and current Giants defensive captain, Justin Tuck, spoke in defense of him and had a pretty clear message for Sapp, as he told Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.

"Justin Tuck has a retort for Warren Sapp: Michael Strahan is the best pass-rusher who ever lived," he tweeted.

Back in 2007 when the Giants and Strahan were in a contract dispute, the team considered signing Rice to the team in case Strahan held out any further or decided to opt for retirement, but Strahan eventually ended his hold out and helped be a part of one of the best pass rushing unit that season with 53 sacks.

Strahan did have the better numbers in his career over Rice, finishing his NFL career with 141.5 sacks, seven Pro Bowl appearances, five first-team All-Pro nods and a Super Bowl ring. He was also a two-time NFC Defensive Player of the Year and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2001. Rice, meanwhile, finished his career with 122 sacks, three Pro Bowl appearances, four first-time All-Pro nods and a Super Bowl ring.

Sapp also said that Strahan wasn't Hall of Fame material and Rice deserved a nod before Strahan did. But then again, this is also the same guy who said former Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey was the "whistle-blower" in the New Orleans Saints bountygate scandal, when Shockey was clearly innocent of that charge.


Tags: Football, Jeremy Shockey, Justin Tuck, Michael Strahan, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Warren Sapp

10 Responses to “Giants’ Justin Tuck to Warren Sapp: “Michael Strahan is the Best Pass Rusher Who Ever Lived””

  1.  Krow says:

    Strahan is one of my all time favorites … but the ‘Best Pass Rusher Who Ever Lived’ is Lawrence Taylor.

  2.  GOAT56 says:


    fanfor55years says:
    June 24, 2013 at 12:20 PM
    GOAT, you’re not looking at this correctly. You want to think about the future (as all GMs do while knowing that they also have to try to win EVERY year that they have the luxury of a true franchise quarterback)? Fine. With what of the following do you disagree:

    1) A healthy Bishop is likely to be better than both Herzlich and Connor in 2013;

    2) Playing some snaps in games and a lot of practice snaps against the offense as the season progresses will make Herzlich a better player and readier to take over the on-field control of the defense in 2014;

    3) Limiting Herzlich’s production makes his value as a free agent less so he becomes far easier to sign as a long-term MIKE if the coaches have decided he’s their guy for the next 5-6 years (especially with another year of learning under his belt);

    4) Bishop is likely willing to play for the Giants for LESS than he was willing to play for the Packers because players tend to dislike management of their current team when asked to take big pay cuts (“they disrespected me”) and because he thinks he can win the hearts and minds of the Giants’ staff (because he’s better than their other options) and get a solid multi-year contract from them after this season going as their best option at MIKE for the next 3-4 years.

    Bishop’s interest in the Giants, and theirs in him, is not only understandable, but a reasonable risk for both sides. That deal could very well happen.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Like I said in my first post I am fine with the Bishop signing if we cut Conner. Having Herzlich, Conner and Bishop vying in a fair fight for a starting job doesn’t provide enough reps in my view. I’m not sold on Bishop but I’m not sold on Conner. If Bishop is going to be signed and possibly our starter he’s going to need at least 2nd team reps get familiar enough with the defense to call it. Would I rather have Bishop or Conner? I like Bishop better. But I rather not have Bishop than have both Bishop and Conner because I don’t believe in that case our starting MLB will have enough reps to be ready.

  3.  Dirt says:

    Dan Benton and team release four articles before the end of the workday, including one Victor Cruz article, and receive no unwarranted complaints on the free site.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    To me Tucks comments were just as off as Sapps comments were. I don’t blame either because they are talking up a former teammate. Both views are jaded and understandable so.

    •  JimStoll says:

      I would say Strahan was the best all-around DE of his era
      he was an excellent pass rusher, but an even better run stopper (in an era when teams still ran a ton), and he played all 3 downs all the time

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Tuck said best pass rusher of alltime though. He’s closer to being the best all around DE than best pass rusher IMO. And pass rushers also include 3-4 OLBs like LT and Thomas.

  5.  nygiantfanatic4life says:

    Warren Sapp needs to keep his BBQ eating fat mouth shut…as he is more knowledgeable about Pit Master BBQ competitions than Football lately. And Strahan’s snubbing for 1st ballot is a puzzle we may never find out why he didn’t get in…just like the Desean Jackson play being the most memorable in NFL history…SMH to the max on that one still.

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