'The Tuck Rule': 5 things about ESPN 30 for 30 docu ft Tom Brady and Charles Woodson

'The Tuck Rule': 5 things about ESPN 30 for 30 docu ft Tom Brady and Charles Woodson
Charles Woodson and Tom Brady in a still from 'The Tuck Rule' (ESPN)

Tom Brady's retirement has been of the weekend's widely discussed topics, and even as his third appearance for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is up in the air, here's a quick blast from the past for the QB's fans. A rule that changed his life forever takes centerstage as ESPN brings 'The Tuck Rule' in February starring Brady and his college mate, Charles Woodson. The events of January 19, 2002, have left a mark on both the NFL stars and that will be the focus in the latest '30 for 30' series.

Shedding light on the docu is director Ken Rodgers. "The Tuck Rule is certainly one of the most controversial calls in the history of sports, but it may also be one of its most consequential," he explained per an ESPN press release. "It proves that one moment, this moment, any moment, can change our lives – just as it did for Brady and Woodson twenty years ago today. It was awe-inspiring to hear these two friends talk with each other about that moment for the first time in their lives. Their emotions about that night are still fresh."


When does 'The Tuck Rule' release

The ESPN documentary releases premiere on February 6 at 8.30 pm. ET on ESPN. It will be made available on ESPN+ soon after airing on the sports network.

What is the 'The Tuck Rule' all about

Per ESPN, the official synopsis reads: "Without the Tuck Rule, Tom Brady wouldn’t have won his first playoff game – and who knows where his destiny might have gone from there. But whether what happened on January 19, 2002 was the right call or a terrible call, divine providence or deep conspiracy, one thing is certain: The life of Tom Brady, as well as the life of the Hall of Famer who hit him on the play, Brady’s college teammate Charles Woodson, was forever changed that night. In the documentary, Brady and Woodson sit down together and look back, for the first time ever, on their fateful collision that snowy night in Foxboro"


According to NFL Rule 3, Section 22, Article 2, Note 2, the tuck rule is when an offensive player is holding the ball to pass it forward. Any intentional forward movement of his arm starts a forward pass, even if the player loses possession of the ball as he is attempting to tuck it back toward his body. If the player has tucked the ball into his body and then loses possession, it is a fumble. It was one of the more significant topics in the sport.



Ken Rodgers ('The Two Bills,' and 'Al Davis vs. The NFL') and Nick Mascolo serve as the directors.




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