Joe Montana doesn’t imagine that Tom Brady is the very best quarterback in NFL historical past


“Folks do not speak sufficient about him or notice the numbers that he put up throughout the occasions that he put them up.”

Dan Marino, Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Roger Staubach, Brett Favre and John Elway of the NLF 100 All-Time Team are honored on the field prior to Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
Tom Brady is commonly thought of the best quarterback in NFL historical past alongside Joe Montana. (Photograph by Jamie Squire/Getty Photographs)

Given his intensive resume, Tom Brady is extensively thought of the best quarterback in NFL historical past.

It’s a validated standing that’s commonly accepted in most circles, be it former gamers, executives, followers, or the media.

Effectively, in most circles, at the very least.

Throughout a latest interview with Males’s Well being, Corridor of Fame quarterback Joe Montana — largely thought of the best QB in league historical past earlier than Brady’s ascension — tabbed one more sign caller as the very best that soccer has ever seen.

No, Montana didn’t nominate himself, or different legends of the sport like Peyton Manning or John Elway.

For Montana, his choose is Dan Marino.

“Put Marino into right now’s sport the place he will get free launch…and his receivers, holy cow, weren’t very massive,” Montana mentioned. “Now these guys are 6’4,” 6’5.” I feel [Marino] might be probably the most unsung heroes of the sport. Folks don’t speak sufficient about him or notice the numbers that he put up throughout the occasions that he put them up.”

It ought to be famous that Montana did draw a distinction between the “best” and “finest” quarterbacks in league historical past, with the previous title factoring in profession achievements, and the latter revolving round pure expertise and ability.

If that’s Montana’s line of considering, his take is a bit simpler to digest.

Though a participant like Brady maybe didn’t possess the strongest arm and positively not the very best wheels as a sign caller, his achievements on the gridiron (seven Tremendous Bowl titles, 5 Tremendous Bowl MVPs, 3 MVPs, and so on.) all converse for themselves. 

Regardless of Marino’s evident expertise (9 Professional Bowls, three All-Professional alternatives, one MVP), he solely performed in a single Tremendous Bowl — shedding to Montana and the 49ers in Tremendous Bowl XIX again in January 1985.

Nonetheless, Montana has commonly modified his tune relating to bestowing the “GOAT” title on one quarterback.

After Brady — who idolized Montana and the 49ers whereas rising up within the Bay Space — received his seventh Tremendous Bowl with the Buccaneers in 2021, Montana declared Brady as the very best to ever play at QB. 

However the next 12 months, Montana was hesitant to validate Brady as the best, noting that it’s robust to check totally different eras of soccer whereas referencing older legends like Otto Graham.