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Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan engaging in war of words during Super Bowl week

Anwar S. Richardson
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Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan need to contact UFC president Dana White and finally settle their disdain for each other.

Sapp has never liked Strahan nor been shy about expressing those sentiments. Earlier this week, Sapp, who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was asked about the possibility of Strahan joining him in the Hall of Fame. Strahan, a former standout defensive end with the New York Giants, is one of 15 modern-day finalists eligible for induction this year.

Of course, Sapp said Strahan’s résumé did not stack up and referred to the retired defensive end as “all hype.” Strahan fired back his own set of insults at Sapp and even said, “The tiger does not pay attention to the opinion of the sheep.”

The war of words between Sapp and Strahan, which resembles trash-talk between two old fighters, continued on Wednesday.

“I can't make a man respect me, but I will stop him from disrespecting me -- I tell you that,” Sapp told Newsday.

Apparently, Sapp did not like Strahan referring to him as a “coward” for expressing his views to Newsday and not speaking with him directly. Was that the classic “he’s talking about me” response from most children?

Sapp believes Walter Jones, Derrick Brooks, Charles Haley and Marvin Harrison deserve induction ahead of Strahan.

.@WarrenSapp handed this to @sportswatch and said to give it to Strahan. The HOF war continues. Full story later pic.twitter.com/cao9xkBzwd

— Newsday Sports (@NewsdaySports) January 29, 2014

“I'm just wondering if it wasn't somebody else saying it would it be taken on face value that those four dudes have a better resume?" Sapp told Newsday. “Like John Quincy Adams said in 1800, 'Facts are stubborn.' (Actually it was his father, John Adams, who said it.)

“It was about his resume; I wasn't talking about the man. But the sheep and the lion and all that? I don't understand. He still can't rush that right end. Three years, 12 sacks!"

Sapp was referring to Strahan's first three seasons at right end in the NFL. Strahan had 13 sacks in 39 games at right end from 1993-95 before he was switched to the left side in 1996. He finished with 141.5 sacks in 15 seasons with the Giants.

Strahan will find out if he is a Hall of Fame inductee on Saturday. If Strahan is voted in by the panel of football writers, this battle will resemble two neighbors arguing over property lines.

Paging Dana White.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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