Let the “Tuck Rule” go?
Not Charles Woodson.
In a segment with Deion Sanders and Jamie Dukes on the NFL Network, the Raiders safety took a moment to get something off his chest regarding the historical event of Jan. 19, 2002.
“Lets get this out of the way. If they make the correct call, which they did at first, and then they overturned it, this 18 (playoff wins) that Tom Brady has, it never happened,” Woodson said. “Tom Brady owes me his house. I'm the reason why he's married to who he's married to. Everything. Because they overturned that call. Tom, come on now, fess up, it was a fumble. It's still a fumble.”
Woodson's rant was good-natured and done in part for comedic effect. He and Brady were teammates at Michigan.
On the play, Woodson came on a corner blitz and forced an apparent fumble by Brady which was recovered by Greg Biekert, appeared to secure a 13-10 win for the Raiders at Foxboro Stadium.
Instead, referee Walt Coleman overturned the play, ruling it an incomplete pass. He cited the “Tuck Rule,” making it an incomplete pass. The Patriots went on to tie the game 13-13 on a 45-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri and won the game in overtime.
The “Tuck Rule” has since been stricken from the record book.
It was Brady's first playoff win — he now has 18, the most in NFL history — and jump-started a Hall of Fame career and a life that includes a marriage to super model Giselle Bundschen.
Woodson, 37, is scheduled for unrestricted free agency and said he wants to come back and play for the Raiders.
“I thought he was very solid and could contribute and I told him so,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said this week. “I told him I would like to talk about getting him back here.”