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Former Patriots left tackle Matt Light responded Thursday morning to Marshall Faulk, who said he felt “cheated” out of a victory in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 because of allegations that the Pats videotaped the Rams’ walk-through prior to the game.
"Listen, I've lost two championship games. Lost,” Light said on the "Mike & Mike" show on ESPN Radio. “The same as he has. You can go back and look at anything you want. It's like looking at a pie chart or a graph of any kind -- you can skew that to look any way you want. At the end of the day, I think a lot of people have said this -- they lost that game. They had ample opportunity to win it."
Light was on that Patriots team, which stunned the Rams 20-17 for New England's first Super Bowl victory.
"Look, can you say definitively that anything happened? Of course not,” Light said. "I was there in the organization and I can tell you, from my standpoint, we worked our tails off to put ourselves in that position, and we won that game hands down. You got to move on, baby."
Faulk told CSNNE.com on Wednesday that he was over the loss, but he still felt cheated. In particular, he said he thought the Patriots seemed to have some knowledge of what the Rams were going to do on offense.
"I understand Bill [Belichick] is a great coach," Faulk said. "But No. 13 [Kurt Warner] will tell you. [Then-Rams coach] Mike Martz will tell you. We had some plays in the red zone that we hadn't ran. I think we got to fourth down -- we ran three plays that we hadn't ran, that Mike drew up for that game -- Bill's a helluva coach ... we hadn't ran them the whole year [and the Patriots were ready for them]."
Warner, who quarterbacked that Rams team, said he has long since moved on from that loss even though questions still linger.
"It’s one of those things that, I think the question is always going to be there, just because you know something went on. So there’s always going to be a question when your name or your team, especially at the Super Bowl, is brought up, Warner said on "Mike & Mike." "But it’s so long ago. Bygones be bygones.
"I appreciate everything that happened in my career; I appreciated that game, it was a great football game for people to watch at the Super Bowl. I don’t know if we’ll ever know exactly what happened, whether it was of any kind of benefit to them or what exactly happened. I don’t even think about that anymore; I think about my career as a whole and the blessing of playing in that Super Bowl. It’s not that big a deal to me.”
Light touched on a few other topics during his interview from New Orleans, where he was promoting almonds as a healthy snack:
What it's like for players at this time of Super Bowl week from a media perspective. "On Thursday, they are tired of putting on those skinny jerseys that they make everybody wear [for media sessions]. That's horrible. They're tired of dealing with all the same questions. At the end of the day, it comes down to 'what can they do for themselves.' That's what I thought at this time of the week. I have to take time for myself, deal with the people I want to deal with, and then move on and focus on the game. It's brutal."
What it's like to lose a heartbreaking game in the Super Bowl. "In the moment, you're just fighting for that one opportunity. I can remember watching the ball hit Randy Moss' hands [in Super Bowl XLII] and that would have been a score. That would have been the most amazing win of all time. You fight to the very end. It's not until you get in that locker room and you're looking at the guys. ... Obviously, it's tough to bring up Junior Seau's name; he was an incredible teammate. When you look at a guy like that, or you look at all these other guys who have been in the league as long as he has, and they don't get a chance to win that, that's what is tough. Look, I had one. So you feel for those guys. The rest of it, you move on. You're a competitor."
Promoting almonds as a healthy snack. "We're nuts over almonds. No. 1, my father had a heart attack, and it brings to life for a guy who has been large his entire life and has to work out to stay healthy, you need to make sure that what you eat is as important as anything else. Snacking and all that kind of stuff, you have to do it the right way. Almonds for me, easy to fit in my pocket, I like them, I eat them, I make almond souffle every night."