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Sapp backs off Strahan criticism after Hall vote

Former Bucs defensive tackle and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Warren Sapp seems to have backed down in a feud he started with new Hall of Famer Michael Strahan.

Sapp criticized Strahan last week, saying that the former Giants defensive end didn't deserve induction to Canton.

But according to reports, Sapp changed his tone on Saturday, when Strahan was elected to the Hall alongside Sapp's former Bucs teammate, linebacker Derrick Brooks.

"I saw Michael Strahan (Saturday) night on my way going to (see) Derrick Brooks," Sapp said Sunday on NFL Network. "I walked up to him, I grabbed him and hugged him and wouldn't let him go. I said please forgive me."

It was not clear what Strahan's reaction was, according to website reports.

Strahan is now a Fox NFL analyst and co-host of Fox's Live! With Kelly and Michael.

Sapp said last week before Strahan's election, "When you stack it up, he only has four straight Pro Bowls 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."

Strahan responded, in part: "I am, I'm all hype. I lasted 15 years, all hype. I had 141½ career sacks, all hype. I was always a starter. I played left end, and that made me get sacks. My coaches kept putting me in the game because they felt it gave us the best chance to win, and that was all hype."

Redskins: Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins has had discussions with the franchise's hierarchy and is open to being traded, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. But though he is open to it, reported that Cousins has not asked for a trade. The ESPN report said Cleveland could be a destination for Cousins. Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is expected to officially become the Browns' offensive coordinator in days, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

Sapp backs off Strahan criticism after Hall vote 02/02/14 [Last modified: Sunday, February 2, 2014 9:23pm]
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