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Brown, Rice Suspect Callahan Of Sabotage In Super Bowl XXXVII

Jan 22, 2013 1:32 PM EST

Tim Brown suspects former Oakland Raiders head coach Bill Callahan of sabotaging Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003.

The Raiders lost the game 48-21 to Jon Gruden's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Callahan switched the Raiders' gameplan from a run attack to pass.

"We all called it sabotage ... because Callahan and Gruden were good friends," Brown said. "And Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, you know, hated the Raiders. You know, only came because Gruden made him come. Literally walked off the field on us a couple of times during the season when he first got there, the first couple years. So really he had become someone who was part of the staff but we just didn't pay him any attention. Gruden leaves, he becomes the head coach. ... It's hard to say that the guy sabotaged the Super Bowl. You know, can you really say that? That can be my opinion, but I can't say for a fact that that's what his plan was, to sabotage the Super Bowl. ... That's hard to say, because you can't prove it."

Brown said the late change by Callahan affect center Barret Robinson who ended up not playing in the game.

Jerry Rice has come forward in agreement with Brown.

“For some reason — and I don’t know why — Bill Callahan did not like me,” Rice said. “In a way, maybe because he didn’t like the Raiders, he decided, ‘Maybe we should sabotage this a little bit and let Jon Gruden go out and win this one.’”

Rice said he understands the magnitude of the accusation.

Via Larry Hartstein/CBS Sports