Pro Football Hall of Fame wideout Jerry Rice called for an asterisk if the Patriots were to win the Super Bowl, but on the same day, admitted to using an illegal substance when he played called stickum.
"I know this might be a little illegal, guys, but you put a little spray, a little stickum on [gloves], to make sure that texture is a little sticky," Rice said in an ESPN feature on the evolution of gloves.
Stickum is an adhesive that is available in spray and paste, and when applied to gloves, could be a tremendous aid in gripping the football.
The substance was banned by the NFL in 1981, four years before Rice was drafted by the 49ers.
On the matter of the Patriots, who were accused of deflating footballs for the purpose of grip in the AFC Divisional Round and AFC Championship, Rice said, "I'm going to be point blank, I feel like it's cheating.
"I’ve played in cold weather, I know how hard the football is and you can grip the leather [if deflated] just a little bit better."
Rice is the holder of countless records, and is the NFL's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.