Obviously I may be a little biased, but I have never understood why Warren Sapp gets pumped up as a great player and Hall of Famer while B.Y. doesn't receive near the attention he deserves as a dominate player in his own right. This isn't meant to be a knock on Sapp he is a great player. However, their stats are so similar; I just don't understand the reason for the disparity. B.Y. played 14 years and made 276 tackles, 89.5 sacks, and 6 forced fumbles. Sapp on the other hand played 13 years for the Bucs and Raiders and made 297 tackles, 96.5 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, and 4 interceptions. That is a difference of 21 tackles, 7 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 4 interceptions. They both played through out the same stretch of time, and always seemed to display about the same level of dominance. Do you guys notice something I don't? Because the numbers for me just don't seem to add up.
Sapp had superstars around him, Simeon Rice, Brooks, Lynch, Barber. I never liked the guy to begin with but after he brought Jerry down by the face mask and caused the knee injury that cost JR the season he became despised by 49er fans.
He is a HOF player imo. What a brilliant move by the Niners to move up to get him at #7. I really thought his addition that year was just as big as the FA's (Norton, Sanders, Plummer, etc) in helping transform that defense back into dominant, championship material.
Originally posted by Young2Rice:
Warren Sapp is a fat loud mouth piece of s**t.
BY is class.
Exactly right on both those guys. And Sapp has a problem paying his bills...man I hope that once he's inducted and the hoopla over him dies down that NFLN does what they've probably wanted to do the past 6 months or so, and that's kick his a** to the curb.
Warren Sapp was known as a more dominate force in the NFL because of his early sack success at the defensive tackle position, which at that point was not seen as a spot to get sacks. So because of that people look at him as someone who revolutionized the position. He was also someone the media loved because he was always good for a quote so his celebrity ended up clouding people to his actual skill on the field. Not saying he was a bad player but most of his career was reputation then actual skill. Then he became part of the media so that always helps your hall chances (see Howie Long). He has had a overrated career in my opinion.
Bryant Young just doesn't quiet have the numbers or reputation to get into the HOF. At the very lest he should be getting enough votes to stay in contention. Do not understand why no one is voting for him. He was on the 90s all decade team so its not like he wasn't seen as a great player.
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