Charles Woodson, the former award-winning defensive back for Michigan, has accomplished more on the football field that very few could possibly imagine.
For the Wolverines, he helped win the 1997 national championship, was named first-team All-America and won the coveted Heisman Trophy.
In the NFL, Woodson has participated in eight Pro Bowls and helped Green Bay win Super Bowl XLV.
Woodson hasn’t forgotten his years as a Wolverine. In 2009, he contributed $2,000,000 to the university’s C.S Mott Children’s Hospital.
Despite his many accomplishments, Woodson can’t seem to forget the game-changing play that helped launch the sparkling career of former Michigan teammate, quarterback Tom Brady.
While Brady was preparing Sunday’s AFC championship game (a 26-16 loss to Denver), Woodson reminded Brady in a tweet that Woodson’s Oakland Raiders were robbed in the playoff game which allowed Brady’s Patriots to eventually defeat St. Louis in Super Bowl XXXVI (Feb. 3, 2002).
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 was referring to the play which happened in the 2001 divisional championship game between Woodson’s Oakland Raiders and Brady’s New England Patriots.
Playing in a blinding New England snowstorm, Oakland surprisingly adopted to the conditions and led 13-10 in the final minutes.
As he’s done so often since, Brady was working one final drive. With the ball on Oakland’s 41 yard line and 1:50 remaining, Brady dropped back to pass. Unfortunately, he didn’t see his former college teammate coming on a corner blitz.
Woodson, Brady meet again
Woodson hit Brady from the blind side and caused what appeared to be a game clinching fumble. The Raiders recovered, and it was just a matter of running out the clock, or so they thought.
The replay officials, shockingly overturned the call, citing a seldom-used “Tuck Rule” which reads:
If the quarterback brings his arm forward in a passing motion, but then changes his mind and tries to keep hold of the football rather than making a pass. In this situation, if the quarterback loses the ball while stopping his passing motion or bringing the ball back to his body, it is still considered a forward pass.”
Brady, who split with Ohio State and won a pair of bowl games for Michigan, now has three Super Bowl rings, and according to the tweet, quite a wife.
And Woodson still remembers.
“I’ve had that flashback more times than I would like. I catch that game on the classic football channel sometimes,” Woodson told NESN a few years ago. “That’s a bad memory for me, but it is what it is.”
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Joel Greer