January 19th, 2002. It was a day that will live in infamy for fans of the Raiders. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady pulls his arm back to pass in a snowy Foxboro Stadium. Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson closes in on TB12 and as Tom’s arm goes forward, he forces the ball out of his hand. Fumble… or was it? Referees deliberate, the play was considered an incomplete pass and the “tuck rule” game ruined what could have been an incredible year for the Raiders. 21 years later, and Tom Brady wants to own the Raiders for the second time. This time quite literally.
Several sources are reporting that the now retired 45 year old Tom Brady wants to become a “limited partner” of the Las Vegas Raiders. In other words, he’d have a stake in the team, but would have no say in what the team does.
Tom Brady and Raiders owner Mark Davis… BFFs?
You may remember that Tom has been palling around with Raiders owner Mark Davis lately. Earlier this year, Tom bought a minority stake in the WNBA Champion Las Vegas Aces – also owned by Mark Davis.
Initially, photos of the two together at an Aces game had people wondering if Tom would indeed come to the Raiders. The ownership stake in the Aces came as a surprise to many – but not Tom. Brady has been a big supporter of women’s sports, having watched his sisters play for years.
Now the Raiders part of the equation is coming to fruition which is sure to raise some eyebrows. 24 of the league’s team owners would have to agree to the deal. Worth noting Tom is also expected to be at the Patriots’ home opener to be honored this season. He is also getting paid handsomely by Fox to be a part of their broadcast team. That 10-year, $375 million dollar deal would potentially be a conflict one would think, but ESPN is reporting they gave the all clear.
Brady to the Raiders. Who would have thought… also it was definitely a fumble.