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Tim Brown softens Super Bowl 'sabotage' remarks

  • By Kevin Patra NFL.com
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Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of Super Bowl XXXVII, but that isn't why anyone is discussing the game.

Tim Brown backpedaled Wednesday from his comments last weekend that former Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan threw the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I've never said (Callahan) sabotaged the game," Brown said on "The Dan Patrick Show." "That's something that can never be proven. We can never go into the mind of Bill Callahan. ... I should have said we could have called it sabotage. It was a question, not a statement. You cannot prove it."

So Brown and teammates, Jerry Rice for example, could have called the game plan sabotage, but never specifically said Callahan sabotaged the team, even though he is the one who put together the game plan.

Glad we cleared that up.

Meanwhile, some former Bucs who beat the brakes off the Raiders 10 years ago had a field day with the sabotage notion, (all courtesy of the Tampa Tribune):

Derrick Brooks: "Obviously, Tim and Jerry, they had problems with Bill. And our game kind of got tied in with that. I don't know what their problems were, but the tape of that game speaks for itself -- loudly."

"To think you would automatically beat us with a few more rushing attempts, that I'm not buying. A few more rushing attempts with Charlie (Garner) and Tyrone (Wheatley) -- really?"

Keyshawn Johnson (in a text to Brooks): "We killed them. We kicked their (butts). You did your job, I did my job, we all did, and we beat them all day and night and let's just leave it at that."

Tony Dungy: "I've never heard of anything like that ever happening. I guess, if I really felt that way, sabotage, could I really hold it in for 10 years?"

Warren Sapp: "Who was going to move me? Who in the hell was going to move me? It was the third horizontal West Coast offense we'd faced. I was faster than Tim Brown and damn near as fast as Jerry Rice."

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