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Ray Lewis thinks ‘the only reason we know who Tom Brady is [is] because of a tuck rule’

Ray Lewis is not impressed with Tom Brady. (Jim Rogash / Getty Images)

Ray Lewis used to be paid to deliver big hits for the Baltimore Ravens and now cashes a paycheck for offering up hot takes.

He came up with a sizzler on Wednesday as he discussed controversial rules that have hijacked the conversation about NFL games over the years on Stephen A. Smith’s Mad Dog Radio show on Sirius XM Radio. There’s no love lost between the Ravens and the New England Patriots, so maybe it was only natural that he turned to the tuck rule, the granddaddy of modern rules debates and the one that happens to star Tom Brady.

“Listen, not to go all totally out of conscious [sic],” he told Smith, “but just think about this, Stephen A., honest to God. When we — the first time we created something called a tuck rule, it’s the only reason we know — I’m just being honest! — the only reason we know who Tom Brady is [is] because of a tuck rule! There’s no such thing as 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!

“But guess what we created? We created a freaking tuck rule!”

Brady has won three Super Bowls, has twice been NFL MVP and has the best winning percentage of all time, but Lewis was rolling.

“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!” Lewis went on in, becoming increasingly animated. “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?”

Lewis may not be right, but an awful lot of people agree with him (especially those who wear Ravens uniforms). At least he didn’t get around to SpyGate.