Tuck: Sapp's beef with Strahan 'childish'

January, 29, 2014
Jan 29
4:10
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NEW YORK -- New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck is surely biased, having played with and learned under defensive end Michael Strahan during Tuck's early years in the league. But the whole issue between Strahan and Warren Sapp, who demeaned Strahan's Hall of Fame candidacy at Super Bowl media day on Tuesday, mystifies Tuck as much as it does the rest of us.

"I think the dispute is childish," Tuck said in an appearance on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" on Wednesday. "And secondly I think Michael’s career speaks for itself. They’ll make the decision off of what Michael did in his career, and getting the opportunity to play with him, I can honestly say I got the opportunity to watch what I feel is one of the best defensive players to ever play the game, one of the best football players ever to play the game. Some of the things I saw him do in the latter stages of his career were truly remarkable. I can’t even fathom what he was doing in years five, six, seven, eight, nine. I got him at the end of his career, and he was still the best football player on the field at that point."

Strahan is one of 15 finalists in this year's election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which takes place Saturday. Strahan missed election last year on his first try while Sapp got in.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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