Former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, now a Fox television analyst, says he'll have no problems criticizing his friends and former teammates.
"I criticize them to their face in the locker room: 'You sucked today,'" Strahan tells Frank Deford in a profile on tonight's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel.
And then, as if to prove he won't hesitate to criticize former teammates, Strahan says the reason he's amazed by the famous Manning to Tyree play in the Super Bowl is that his old teammates Eli Manning and David Tyree seemingly lack the athletic talent necessary to pull the play off.
"The first thing that came to my mind was, 'Oh, Eli, you cannot get sacked," Strahan said about his reaction to watching the play live. "Eli, you have to understand, trips over his own feet just walking all by himself with nobody in the vicinity of him."
Strahan adds that Tyree was horrible in practice, and that he couldn't catch a pass that was right in his hands, let alone on top of his helmet. If he'll be that candid all season in the pregame studio, Fox made a good hire.
Real Sports first airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and re-airs throughout the month.