Dec 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) reacts during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Warren Sapp Shows Childish Arrogance When Compared to Sheldon Richardson


Warren Sapp was a terrific football player. We wanted him in New York the year he came out of college, and with good reason. He recorded 96.5 sacks during his 13 year career, and his status as a first ballot Hall of Famer cemented his place in NFL history.

But there is a progression that occurs for the players of our past, and that is the one that Warren is not handling so well. I’m talking about the comparisons to current players. Specifically, Warren being compared to our young lineman, Sheldon Richardson.

Similarities have been noted in the game of both of these players, so the comparisons have been made. Yes, Sheldon has one year under his belt, but the nature of the beast is to make the comparisons, right or wrong.

When told that Sheldon is a top-flight run stopper, he was asked if he would concede that Richarson was skilled, despite his low(3.5) sack totals. Here is what Warren had to say:

“You said that. I didn’t,” Sapp said. “So if you’re highly skilled, you should be able to rush the passer, right?… Was he defensive player of the year in college? Was he an All-American? You’re comparing him to a first-ballot of Hall of Famer?”

That was actually part of the follow-up answer, his initial response to Sheldon being stout against the run says all you need to know about Warren as a man:

“Yeah. A run stuffer in a pass-first league,” Sapp mocked.

That response tells you how arrogant Warren Sapp is. Did mocking Sheldon Richardson make Warren feel better? What exactly did he gain by responding that way? Nothing, that’s what.

Players like Sapp think that complimenting another, means that it takes away from what THEY have done. It doesn’t. It’s called “paying it forward”.

First of all, to insinuate that Sheldon is not a good pass rusher is kind of silly, considering he recorded more sacks that Warren Sapp did in his rookie year. Yes, Richardson recorded 3.5 and Sapp recorded three, but still. Sapp is making it sound like he came into the league at ten sacks per season. Stop.

Warren’s actual thought at the beginning of the interview was a good one. Sheldon has been very obsessed with where he was drafted, even saying he would be number one if the draft were to happen again. Whether that is true or not, Warren Sapp is right on that point. Still be concerned about that is silly. It’s time to forget about that and just play.

However, the distance that Warren took it was childish, and was arrogant. Mocking Richardson was not necessary. He didn’t make the comparisons of himself to Sapp, other reporters did. Instead of making fun of him, mocking him for not being an All-American…etc., he could have just accepted the comparison, and politely turned it away. Something to the effect of, “Sheldon had a nice rookie season, but let’s see if he sustains it before making lofty comparisons.”

But Warren couldn’t let his childish arrogance down for five seconds. Sad.

Tags: New York Jets Sheldon Richardson Warren Sapp

  • RONBO19

    Alan, I love your stuff bro but although this particular article is not about the super bowl or any of the nonsense surrounding it, I will be so damn happy when the game is over so we can talk about stuff that relates to the jets as a team.Look, no question Sapp is portraying himself as a knucklehead. But really, who cares? I’m looking forward as most jet fans are to one of the most exciting off-seasons since Leon Hess hired Bill Parcells. With as many as 12 possible draft picks, including 4 in the first 3 rounds, plus a good amount of cap money to spend this has the potential to be a franchise defining off-season. After the game Sunday the teams,writers and the fans will all be focused on the upcoming combine, the free agent period and finally the draft.So let Warren Sapp shoot off his mouth all he wants.Who cares? frankly, If I were Warren I’d be a little nicer to Sheldon because he might need a loan considering his financial situation.

    • Alan Schechter

      Thanks for the compliment! I agree, not really a big deal in the scheme of things, I just got really ticked off about it when I read it, and needed to vent. I agree with you about the upcoming off-season. It should be exciting. Don’t you worry we will have plenty of content coming.

      If there is anything you would like us to write about in particular let us know.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Warren is bankrupt in more ways than one! He is a complete buffoon who deserves everything that has happened to him. Hey Warren I wouldn’t loan a clown like you a nickel. Go to the nearest homeless shelter.