Say what you will about Tom Brady, but I’m still going with Joe Montana as the best quarterback to ever suit up in the NFL. Yeah, Brady has more appearances (9) in the Super Bowl, and more wins (6), but he also has 5 picks, 3 losses, and a couple real gift victories. Sure Tom’s numbers are solid. 235–for–357 with 2576 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. Joe? 83 of 122 passes for 1,142 yards and 11 touchdowns, and NO interceptions.
Tom Terrific could very well be 4-5, but for the Seattle Pete Carroll brain fart, and the Atlanta Kyle Shanahan/defensive fuck-a-row debacle. Throw in the tuck rule game that got the whole thing started, and he loses another one to be 3 and 5.
The other caveat of course is the fact that the NFL bent themselves backwards to change the rules for Brady (and Rodgers) as you now can’t hit a quarterback below the waist, above the shoulders, land on him, breathe on him, or brush the facemask without the unsportsmanlike call. Joe routinely took shots that cost him playing time that Brady never had to endure. The shots by Jim Burt and Leonard Marshall, among countless other shots Joe took, would be flagged today and neither were.
The other argument is that Joe had superior talent. He had Rice, Taylor, Roger Craig, Brent Jones, yadda yadda yadda. But Rice and Taylor weren’t on the team for the first two Super Bowls, but Mike Shuman was! And there was the fact Brady had Randy Moss for a few years. Strangely enough, Moss never won a Super Bowl with them (2 losses) or with us.
Anyhow, Happy 64th Birthday, Joe!