Last week, Warren Sapp became the latest Miami Hurricane to enter the Hall of Fame. He is the second defensive player in as many years from Miami to get into Canton, joining 2012 inductee Cortez Kennedy. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are sure to follow.
So I asked for some of your input -- who is the best defensive player out of those four guys? My vote went to Sapp. Now here is what you guys had to say:
Miami-wt12 in Buffalo, N.Y., writes: There is no doubt that Warren Sapp was a beast and that Ray Lewis may be the best defensive captain of all time, but I have to give the nod to Ed Reed for both his special teams and defensive play. Sacks will be able to stop a drive, but turnovers can change the game. Turnovers with over 1500 yards attached to them DO change games. The only player in the NFL to run touchdowns off of an Interception, a fumble, a punt block and a punt. The man has been a turnover machine; regular season and in the playoffs.
Rusty Payne in Coconut Creek, Fla., writes: Miami Hall of Famers: Sean Taylor. What could have been.
Robert Jason in Brentwood, Tenn., writes: Andrea, this UM grad appreciates your kind words for our Cane greats. Personally, I believe Ed Reed did more with less hype. By today's measure, having an all-word DB with his long time productivity is rare. Just my .02.
IknowdaU in Miami writes: I'm a Raiders fan, and normally I'd be biased because Sapp was one of my favorites, but there is just no question that Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are better. Lewis may be the best MLB in history, a position that is much more important then DL.
Canes_Fan86 writes: Such an amazing career all of this players have had. I honestly think the most dynamic player though was/is Ed Reed. He makes even the best quarterbacks question themselves. I don't know how many times I've seen him start out on one side of the field and break up a pass on the complete opposite side in a matter of seconds.
This is a small sample size, but Reed appears to be your hands-down choice. I completely understand why, seeing as how I have him right behind Sapp. I covered Reed at Miami, and never had any doubt at all that he would be an incredible player on the next level.
Not only does the man know exactly where he has to be on the field at all times, he is extremely underrated as a leader. People want to talk about what Lewis brings to the table in that area, but Miami fans surely remember Reed's "I'm hurt, dawg!" speech at halftime against Florida State his senior year. Bottom line -- he now becomes the unquestioned leader of that team with Lewis' departure. Now we'll see how much longer Reed decides to play.
Thanks to all who submitted comments!