Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp mocked Steve Smith’s televised analysis of the Buccaneers on Saturday, unhappy that the former Panthers wide receiver chose to attack his longtime team on the NFL Network.
“I’m just going to make a statement: When the playoffs roll in, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to be chased,” Smith said of the Buccaneers, who won the Lions in their Week 16 game. “They are going to be routed. I know I shouldn’t be saying this, but it’s gonna be a good, old-fashioned way.
Sapp, who has never kept his emotions hidden, responded to Smith on social media by taking a look at Smith’s own post-season record. Unlike Smith, Sapp has a Super Bowl victory to his name.
“I don’t remember him winning s -” Sapp wrote on Twitter.
Can anyone tell me the Steve Smith Sr. Playoff record? I don’t remember winning him SHIT !! Truly NFL Network
– Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) December 26, 2020
Fans responded by pointing out that Smith had had some very good individual performances in the playoffs. He’s a Panthers legend for a reason: In 11 career playoff appearances, Smith has recorded 1,001 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches. He also ran for a score in 2005.
Sapp didn’t want to hear about those numbers, repeating to respondents that without a ring, Smith’s stats were empty.
Few would consider Smith a loser – he made the playoffs five times and gave Carolina an emotional edge she never had before he arrived – but if there was anyone with qualifying to talk to Smith, it would be Sapp.
Don’t expect Smith, also renowned for his trashy speech, to drop the topic to Sapp if the Buccaneers do indeed lose in their first playoff game this year.