Anytime the New England Patriots are in the AFC Championship Game (and it has happened quite often over the past decade or so), we are reminded of the tuck rule. That infamous play against the Oakland Raiders in 2002 that was ruled an incomplete pass instead of a fumble helped fuel a dynasty. Charles Woodson is the one that forced the fumble that never was, and the seven-time All-Pro defensive back hasn’t forgotten about it.
During an appearance on the NFL Network on Sunday, Woodson said Tom Brady owes his glamourous life to that call.
Charles Woodson on @nflnetwork: “Tom Brady owes me his house. I’m the reason he’s married to who he’s married to. They overturned that call”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 19, 2014
Woodson may be flattering himself a little, but we get the point. If that play was ruled a fumble, who knows if the Patriots would have gone on to win three of the next four Super Bowls. I’m not going to assume Gisele Bundchen is shallow enough to only marry Brady for his fame and success, but we also can’t assume they would have met if he never gained celebrity status.
Then again, you could say the same about a lot of plays in sports history. That’s the way it goes, and Woodson has nothing to do with Brady being in the 2014 AFC Championship Game. He’ll just have to get over it.