One day after Ray Lewis said the 2002 "Tuck Rule Game" is the only reason people know Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback responded.
The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker made his comments on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio on Wednesday, saying, "The only reason we know who Tom Brady is because of a tuck rule! There's no such thing as a tuck rule!"
On Thursday, Brady had a brief response speaking to WEEI in Boston.
“Everyone has an opinion,” Brady said. “I think Ray is a great player. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. I was fortunate enough to play against him.”
The "Tuck Rule" helped Brady win his first career playoff game in 2002. Late in a 2001 AFC divisional playoff game against the Oakland Raiders, Brady was sacked by Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson and appeared to fumble the football. The Raiders recovered the ball, but after reviewing the play, officials ruled that Brady's arm was moving forward at the time the ball came loose, consequently ruling the play an incomplete pass instead of a fumble. The Patriots tied the game in regulation before defeating the Raiders in overtime.
Lewis elaborated on his comments on Thursday:
"To clarify my comments from this week:I was trying to express my frustration about the Tuck Rule itself....— Ray Lewis (@raylewis) January 15, 2015
Rules like that should not be part of the game.They lead to controversial plays that impact the outcome of the games and thats what everyone— Ray Lewis (@raylewis) January 15, 2015
Remembers,especially when you are talking about playoff games.— Ray Lewis (@raylewis) January 15, 2015
I have immense respect for Tom Brady and everything he has achieved in this league. He will go down as one of the all-time greats."— Ray Lewis (@raylewis) January 15, 2015
The Patriots will host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game.
- Mike Fiammetta