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Ten years after the fact, the greatest wide receiver in Raiders history, Tim Brown, claimed his former coach sabotaged Oakland’s efforts to win Super Bowl XXXVII.
That coach was one Bill Callahan, who was a good friend of Jon Gruden, the Raiders’ Super Sunday adversary in 2003. Thus the conspiracy theory after Tampa Bay, Gruden’s team, stomped Callahan and Co. in the big game, 48-21.
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After the Super Bowl loss, Callahan led the Raiders to a 4-12 record the very next season, getting the axe from owner Al Davis. He was then almost immediately hired on at Nebraska, becoming the first coach in four decades to be hired without any direct ties to the program.
Maybe that’s why, following a five-game losing streak in just his third season (which included an embarrassing 76-39 loss to lowly Kansas) it was so easy for the school’s athletic department to fire him.
And maybe that’s why Nebraska was the only state to vote in favor of the belief that Callahan actually threw the Super Bowl.
You just can’t make this stuff up.