While most of America is focused on "Deflate Gate" with the Patriots possibly having 11 of the 12 football they used during Sunday's AFC Championship Game under-inflated, the Bucs have had their own dealings with altered balls in their past.
According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, former Super Bowl winning quarterback Brad Johnson admitted a few years ago to having the footballs altered for Super Bowl XXXVII against the Raiders to help his grip.
Johnson had an issue gripping footballs in cold weather or if they were new out-of-the-box.
After Johnson was forced to use a glove on his throwing hand when the Bucs beat the Eagles in chilly Philadelphia to make it to Super Bowl XXXVII, Johnson would be faced with having to throw brand new footballs throughout the entire Super Bowl.
"I paid some guys off to get the balls right," Johnson now admits. "I went and got all 100 footballs, and they took care of all of them."
Johnson admitted it cost him $7500 to "get the balls right."
The main difference with Johnson altering of footballs and the Patriots deflating of footballs was that the Bucs and Raiders played with the same footballs, while the Patriots had an advantage since they were the only ones using the deflated footballs.
It's unfortunate that with all of the negativity surrounding the Bucs in recent years that now, 12 years removed from their most glorious day, the Bucs will be criticized for something that happened then as well.
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