Callahan denies Brown's Super Bowl sabotage story

Callahan denies Brown's Super Bowl sabotage story
January 23, 2013, 7:15 am
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Bill Callahan: "There are many people who are disappointed by the outcome of Super Bowl XXXVII, but none more than me." (AP)

MOBILE, Ala. -- Bill Callahan has spoken out, and fired back at Tim Brown.

Sorta.

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The former Raiders coach, who is now Dallas' offensive coordinator, issued a statement Tuesday night from the Senior Bowl, disputing Brown's claims that he "sabotaged" the Raiders' Super Bowl appearance 10 years earlier, a story backed by Jerry Rice. Both receivers claimed Callahan changed the Raiders' offensive gameplan two days earlier to undermine Oakland because of Callahan's relationship with Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden.

The Buccaneers blew out the Raiders, 48-21, in Super Bowl XXXVII.

"There are many people who are disappointed by the outcome of Super Bowl XXXVII, but none more than me," Callahan said in his statement. "While I fully understand a competitive professional football player’s disappointment when a game’s outcome doesn’t go his team’s way, I am shocked, saddened and outraged by Tim Brown’s allegations and Jerry Rice’s support of those allegations made through various media outlets over the last twenty four hours. To leave no doubt, I categorically and unequivocally deny the sum and substance of their allegations. To suggest otherwise, especially at this time when it involves the Super Bowl, is ludicrous and defamatory. Any suggestion that I would undermine the integrity of the sport that I love and dedicated my life to, or dishonor the commitment I made to our players, coaches and fans, is flat out wrong. I think it would be in the best interests of all, including the game America loves, that these allegations be retracted immediately.”

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Many of Brown's teammates, including quarterback Rich Gannon, who threw five interceptions that day, fullback Zack Crockett, linebacker Bill Romanowski and defensive back Rod Woodson defended Callahan