Tom Brady said Monday night he doesn’t consider himself with some of the all-time great quarterbacks. (Elsa/Getty Images)
PHOENIX — The comparison has been made — Joe Montana and Tom Brady.
Brady will be playing in his sixth Super Bowl on Sunday, which is two more than Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Jim Kelly and Roger Staubach, and one more than John Elway. Brady’s 127 completions for 1,277 yards are both Super Bowl all-time highs, and his 20 postseason wins are also the most all-time, four ahead of Montana.
Even with those records, Brady doesn’t consider himself in that class of all-time great quarterbacks.
“It’s very flattering any time you’re mentioned with great players and guys that I idolized growing up,” Brady said Monday night. “I don’t ever see myself on that level. I can be a pretty tough critic on myself.”
“I respect all the guys that have played this game before. I understand how challenging it is to play the position,” he added. “There’s a lot of guys that do it at a high level currently. There’s a lot of guys who have played it at a really high level in the past. I have a lot of respect for those guys and what they’ve been able to accomplish.
“Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana won four. A couple guys have won three, Troy Aikman’s won three, so it’s tough to do it every year. Everyone starts at the bottom and everyone’s trying to claw their way to the top, and there’s a lot of attrition that sets in. It’s a tough challenge, it’s a tough journey and to be one of the last two teams is a great accomplishment. Only one of the two teams is going to feel good this time next week, so I hope we’re that team.”
Even with playing in as many Super Bowl games as he has, Brady is talking like it is his first — very humble and very excited. The Patriots quarterback needs two touchdown passes to tie Montana for most in Super Bowl history.
“To have an opportunity to play in this game is really unbelievable,’ Brady said. “I never thought I’d have the experience to play in one of these. To think that it’s my sixth time, is, I can’t imagine that that was ever – I didn’t think I’d ever play anything professionally. Certainly to make it to the Super Bowl is a pretty amazing experience to do once, and six times, it’s very, very special.”