Tom Brady refuses to bite during reaction to ridiculous Ray Lewis comments
Tom Brady had every reason to fire back at Ray Lewis for the former NFL star’s completely ridiculous — and wholly inaccurate — assertion that the New England Patriots quarterback wouldn’t have such a remarkable legacy and Hall of Fame career if it were not his affiliation with the “Tuck Rule.”
He instead took the high road, complimenting his former adversary and bitter rival for his football-playing pedigree, but probably not his acumen for cogent and reasoned analysis.
“Everyone has an opinion. I think Ray is a great player. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” Brady said Thursday, via ESPN. “I was fortunate enough to play against him.”
Lewis made his comments on Sirius XM Mad Dog Radio on Wednesday.
“When we — the first time we created something called a tuck rule, it’s the only reason we know — I’m just being honest — the only reason we know who Tom Brady is, because of a tuck rule,” Lewis said. “There’s no such thing as a tuck rule! If the ball is in your hand, and I knock it out your hand, whether it’s going backwards, forwards, lateral, sideways, however it’s coming out, that’s a freaking fumble.”
“But guess what we created? We created a freaking tuck rule!”
Brady said he was informed by a team official of Lewis’ unfounded, inflammatory and borderline comical comments.
The Hall of Fame-caliber linebacker-turned-NFL analyst of course was referring to the controversial ruling made by officials during New England’s divisional playoff game against the Oakland Raiders in 2002 when it was determined that a potentially game-turning strip by Rod Woodson did not result in a Brady fumble. Instead, it was ruled an incomplete forward pass after a replay review.
The “Tuck Rule” was rescinded by NFL owners in 2013.