Turns out that Bill Callahan did not throw the Super Bowl 10 years ago.

Former Raiders receiver Tim Brown, who made numerous radio appearances this week saying just that, backtracked quickly after Callahan, the former Raiders head coach, called Brown's comments "defamatory" on Tuesday night.

"I never called it sabotage," Brown told "The Dan Patrick Show" on Wednesday morning. "I think in my statement last Saturday night I said that's something that we can't prove. But it's something that was brought up."

Jerry Rice backed up Brown's claims that Callahan wanted good friend and Bucs head coach Jon Gruden to win the Super Bowl. Other teammates called the theory "crazy" and "impossible."

"I didn't say Bill sabotaged the game. I wouldn't say that because that's not something I would ever have knowledge about," Brown said Wednesday. "But I have to say the word was thrown around, not just by myself, not just by myself, right after the game."

Callahan changed the game plan at the last minute, and Brown finally acknowledged that late owner Al Davis may have had a hand in that.

"Maybe (Callahan) wouldn't have said, 'Al wanted me to change the game plan.' That's something we'll never know obviously," Brown said of Davis changing the game plan. "It's not out of the realm of possibility that Mr. Davis could've said, 'Scratch this and we're going to do what we did to get here.' I think that's something that's not only plausible but likely because I know in my 16 years there, that's something that happened once or twice."

Rich Gannon, the Raiders' quarterback that season, said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he believed that Callahan wanted to win. And Gannon said the ease of Tampa Bay's win stemmed from the Raiders having not changed much of the offensive play-calling after Gruden left.

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