One person unprepared to hand the "greatest quarterback of all time" mantel to Tom Brady after he won a fifth Super Bowl—the most ever for a QB and tied for the most ever as a player—with the New England Patriots: San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana.
Montana, who won four Super Bowls during his 15-year career, refused to concede when asked if Brady is the GOAT on, of all places, Hallmark Channel's Home & Family.
"He's obviously having a tremendous career. I think it's really hard to put anyone in that bucket. Even before he got five," Montana said. "You look back to some of the guys—some people don't even know—Sammy Baugh or Otto Graham, and I can't remember which one, but one of them won like seven or nine championships. So far ahead of their time. It's hard to compare guys from then to now, and how they would compare here and how we could compare back then."
Before the Super Bowl existed, Graham won four All-American Football Conference titles with the Cleveland Browns, then claimed two more big ones when it was just called the NFL championship. There was also never more than 12 teams when Graham played.
But Montana didn't say he was the greatest of all time, either.
"I still can't say that—even though people say it and I appreciate it—I still can't say that of myself because of, just what I said," Montana said.
Montana's wife Jennifer—who I'm being assured is not Christie Brinkley—disputed that part: "At home you're saying that all the time!"