Defensive back Charles Woodson echoed the sentiments of Oakland Raiders players and fans Wednesday when he cheered the demise of the infamous Tuck Rule.
However, it was Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, a former Oakland general manager, who made a symbolic gesture during the voting in Phoenix that represented the late Al Davis, the longtime renegade owner of the Raiders who died in 2011.
When the vote was taken, Allen abstained. He admitted it was not coincidence that he used the same voting ploy so often utilized by Davis on issues that displeased him.
"Respect," Allen told The Sports Xchange.
Despite that gesture, and another abstention by New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who was trying to preserve the integrity of one of his team's historic moments, the flawed rule was rescinded by a 29-1 vote.
"Hallelujah," Woodson said Wednesday in an interview on NFL Network. "It shouldn't have taken this long. It's been 11 years I guess now. It's about time that they turned it over. It was really just a badly explained rule from the jump, and it didn't make a whole lot of sense the way the rule was interpreted.
"So I think the best thing was for them to just throw it out."
And that is exactly what the NFL did Wednesday when league executives agreed with a proposal by the competition committee to rescind the infamous rule.
The Tuck Rule burned its presence into the NFL Hall of Infamy on Jan. 9, 2002, in the closing moments of the fourth quarter during a playoff game at snowy Foxboro Stadium. The Patriots were trailing the Raiders by three points when quarterback Tom Brady dropped back to pass. After he began a passing motion, Brady pulled the ball back into his body, where it appeared to touch his left hand.
Woodson rushed off the defensive left side and knocked the ball out of Brady's hand. Raiders middle linebacker Greg Biekert fell on the loose ball, and the officials initially called the play a fumble and a recovery by Oakland.