Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady made a long assumed admission on Thursday.
Brady, responding to a Tik Tok challenge started by singer Justin Bieber, admitted that the “tuck rule” play in the 2001 AFC divisional playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders might have been a fumble.
Everyone keep this on the down low please. pic.twitter.com/xPtrg1kXjr— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) May 5, 2022
A couple of years ago, Brady was asked about the controversial play, which sent the Patriots to the AFC Championship game, by former Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson — the player who delivered the hit on Brady that jarred the ball loose.
Brady refused to answer whether or not the play was a fumble.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter, right? Brady went to win his first Super Bowl with the Patriots, setting in a motion a legendary career that over 20 years later is still going.
The tuck rule play, however, may have had an impact on the Bucs. If the Raiders win that game, they get a shot against the Pittsburgh Steelers the next week to go to the Super Bowl. And if Oakland ends up winning the Super Bowl, or even reaching the Super Bowl, maybe Al Davis doesn’t trade head coach Jon Gruden to the Buccaneers.
Who knows what happens in Tampa after that, but there’s no doubt it would’ve sent Tampa Bay down a different path.
Maybe Brady’s career plays out differently, too.
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