Tom Brady preaches the importance of living in the moment. But he sure likes to look back.
The greatest of all-time is producing another documentary about himself, partnering with ESPN to create a “30 for 30” special about the Tuck Rule Game. It’s a script seemingly every Boston sports fan can recite.
On a snowy January night in Foxborough, the Patriots were trailing by three points late in the fourth quarter when Brady dropped back to pass. As Brady was throwing the ball, Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson came off a blitz and knocked the ball out of Brady’s hands. The play was originally ruled a fumble, and the Raiders fell on the loose ball.
If the call stood, the Raiders would’ve escaped with a win, and the Patriots dynasty may have never started. But as we know, referee Walt Coleman reversed the call, declaring the play a forward pass. The Patriots regained possession, and Adam Vinatieri hit a miraculous game-tying field goal in the snow.
Just like that, the tuck rule was introduced to millions of football fans. The Raiders, and other NFL fans, haven’t stopped complaining for 20 years.
The “30 for 30” documentary is being billed as the first time Brady and Woodson sit down to talk about the play. “Had the tuck rule never happened, a lot of people would look back and say, ‘what if?,” Brady remarks in the trailer.
It’s a question that’s never been asked before, unless you’re discounting the thousands of hours people spent relitigating the play on every forum imaginable, from talk radio to the neighborhood bar.
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