"When you stack it up," Sapp said, "and he only has four straight Pro Bowls (actually three straight on two different occasions) 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. And when you really measure him up, he comes up short."

Sapp went on: "When you talk about stacking it up it, just don't stack that high, except y'all are giving to him. Y'all don't take that same critical eye as when you're looking at somebody else. Oh, it's Michael, aww, 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 (is good), but it ain't great, and we're talking about the Hall, right?"

Sapp, who shed tears when the announcement was made in 2013 in New Orleans, said he is passionate about the process after meeting with living Hall of Famers last year.

"When you hear the history and the love and the reverence that they have for it, you don't want it cheated," Sapp said.

Strahan responded Tuesday, "I'm all hype. I lasted 15 years on all hype. had 141 1/2 career sacks. All hype. I was always a starter. The coaches put me out there because that was hype. I played left end, that made me get sacks. Reggie White, he was hyped too. Didn't he play left end? Yeah, I was all hype."

--The Last Word: From headline writers at the New York Daily News


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