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Why Did Ray Lewis Just Disrespect Tom Brady & His Legacy?

Submitted by on January 15, 2015 – 10:09 am6 Comments

Former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis doesn’t play football anymore. Instead, he’s an NFL analyst and commentator for ESPN, which means that he gets paid to give his opinions on football-related matters. And with that in mind, it’s not exactly a surprise to hear that Lewis said something that’s making headlines yesterday. It is, after all, his job to make provocative statements now. But what Lewis said was ridiculous and stupid and, frankly, we can’t even believe he said it.

While speaking with Stephen A. Smith on Wednesday afternoon, Lewis was asked a question about Tom Brady. And rather than giving Brady love, Lewis went out of his way to disrespect both Brady and his legacy. He said that the infamous “tuck rule” is the only reason that anyone knows who Brady is today—the New England Patriots‘ “tuck rule” game against the Oakland Raiders took place back in 2001—and said that, without it, Brady wouldn’t be who he is.

“Think about this, Stephen A. Smith, honest to God,” Lewis said. “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 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 of 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!”

Lewis then went on to say that, without the “tuck rule” game,” Brady’s entire career would be different.

“They don’t go to that championship game—they don’t go to that championship game if that tuck rule, if that ball is not called a tuck!” Lewis said. “That’s a fumble! Charles Woodson made that man clearly fumble the ball and they named it the tuck rule, something that we’ve never heard in today’s game. So now you’ve got to ask yourself: When did the legacy really start?”

In a weird way, Lewis does have a point. Had the Patriots not beaten the Raiders in 2001, Brady’s legacy wouldn’t have started that year. But still, Brady has won three Super Bowls since then, been named to countless Pro Bowls, and cemented himself as one of the best NFL quarterbacks ever. So doesn’t it seem silly for Lewis to try and discredit everything he did because of one lucky break that he got? Yes. And while we’re not surprised that Lewis is trying to do it anyway since he is a part of the media now, it seems crazy to make an entire argument against Brady’s legacy because of the tuck rule.

Do you agree with us? Or do you think Lewis is making a good point?

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