Ray Lewis: Tom Brady only known because of Tuck Rule
Tom Brady has won three Super Bowls, been a two-time Super Bowl MVP and a league MVP twice. He’s also fifth all-time in passing yards and passing touchdowns. Lastly, he has thrown more touchdowns than any other quarterback in postseason history.
Despite that resume, former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis doesn’t think Brady being one of the all-time great quarterbacks in NFL history is significant. In fact, he thinks Tom Brady is only known for the Tuck Rule.
Here’s what Lewis said in a recent radio interview with SiriusXM’s Stephen A. Smith on Mad Dog Radio:
"Honest to God, the first time we created something called a tuck rule is the only reason we know — I’m just being honest — the only reason we know who Tom Brady is, because of a tuck rule. 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 freakin’ fumble. But guess what we created? We created a freakin’ tuck rule. … Man, there are certain rules that should not be allowed to be in this game of football."
"They don’t go to that championship game if that ball [isn’t] called a tuck. That’s a fumble. That man clearly fumbled the ball. And they named it a tuck rule — something we never heard in today’s game. So now you’ve got to ask yourself: When did the legacy really start?"
(Hat Tip: WEEI.com)