Ray Lewis doesn't seem to have much ground to stand on in questioning Tom Brady's legacy.
Ray Lewis doesn't seem to have much ground to stand on in questioning Tom Brady's legacy. (Wesley Hitt, Getty Images)

After a quiet lead-up to Saturday's Ravens-Patriots playoff game, former Ravens star Ray Lewis threw the kind of shot the rivalry needed — even if it's a little off-base.

Lewis spoke with Stephen A. Smith on Sirius Radio on Tuesday and said "the only reason we know who Tom Brady is because of 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," Lewis continued, per SB Nation.

"But guess what we created? We created a freaking tuck rule. 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! That's a fumble! [Oakland Raiders cornerback] 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?"

Where to begin with this one? Just like Sunday's wailing about the Dez Bryant catch in the Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game, the tuck rule was a silly rule correctly judged in the 2001 AFC divisional round game between the Patriots and Oakland Raiders. It was also an actual rule before that, and while it did take on a life of its own afterward, it wasn't created just to glorify the Patriots.

Brady, it should be noted, won two more Super Bowls after 2001, then went to two more and won a pair of MVP awards in 2007 and 2010. So we might know his name for football reasons, either way.

But then he dated an actress and broke up with her to go on to date the most famous supermodel in the world. Plenty of non-fans know who Washington Wizards forward Kris Humphries because of his brief marriage to Kim Kardashian. More recently, a middling NBA player who calls himself Swaggy P (Los Angeles Lakers swingman Nick Young) has made himself relevant by dating Iggy Azalea.

So I think Ray's point might be a little lacking here.

(H/T SB Nation via CBSBoston.com)

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