NEW ORLEANS — Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk admits it: He’s still not over the Rams “being cheated” in a bitter loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 36.
The game was played here, in Faulk’s hometown. And Sunday’s Super Bowl between San Francisco and Baltimore will be the first played at the Superdome since the Patriots upset the “Greatest Show” Rams 20-17.
“Am I over the loss? Yeah, I’m over the loss,” Faulk told Tom Curran of CSNNE.com. “But I’ll never be over being cheated out of the Super Bowl.”
In the interview with Curran, Faulk initially claimed that he had only pleasant memories of competing in the Super Bowl because he only dwells on the 1999 Rams’ victory over Tennessee in the 34th Super Bowl.
Curran, however, told Faulk that Patriots fans believe he’s still ticked off over losing to New England and as a result his disdain comes across in his Patriots-related commentary on the NFL Network.
“They misunderstand,” Faulk said. “Am I over the loss? Yeah, I’m over the loss. But I’ll never be over being cheated out of the Super Bowl. That’s a different story. I can understand losing a Super Bowl, that’s fine ... but how things happened and what took place.”
What took place: a former Patriots employee accused the Patriots of videotaping the Rams’ walkthrough at the Superdome on the day before Super Bowl 36. But after investigating, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ruled there was no evidence of the Patriots’ taping the Rams.
To this day, some Rams players and coaches from the 2001 team believe they were wronged and that the NFL covered up the Patriots’ tactics to avoid additional embarrassment for the league.
“If you lost a game and your brother cheated you,” Faulk told Curran, “you’ll remember that.”