- Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN Staff Writer
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HUNTINGTON, N.Y. -- Tiki Barber thinks Warren Sapp is "an idiot" for saying Simeon Rice was twice as good as Michael Strahan.
"Warren’s an idiot," Barber said at the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic at Oheka Castle on Monday. "He just wants to say things to be idiotic. I played with Stray for my whole career. He is the greatest of the great. He is a great teammate, he kept things light, but on game day he was as serious as a heart attack and it showed in his play."
Sapp, who has been critical of Strahan in the past, said last week that Rice, his former Tampa Bay teammate, was definitely better than Strahan, whose 141.5 career sacks rank him fifth on the NFL's all-time list.
"Nobody ever talks about Simeon," Sapp told the Tampa Tribune. "Simeon was a better rusher than Michael Strahan any day of the week and twice on Sunday."
"[Rice] didn't rush the worst lineman," Sapp continued. "You know the right tackle is the worst of the five. Strahan played right end his first four years. When they were putting the label on him as a bust, they put 'B-U-S ... OK, let's transition him on the other side and see if he can play in his fourth year.'"
Sapp added: "They put him at right end and he couldn't do it, so they moved him to the weak guy. One-on-one with the Jon Runyans for eight quarters every year."
Barber, whose twin brother Ronde played with Sapp in Tampa Bay from 1997-2003, said Sapp's criticism is unfounded.
"Warren doesn’t know, never played with him," Barber said. "I don’t put any credence in his opinion."
"I hope Stray doesn’t let it bother him," Barber added. "I don’t think it does."