Tom Brady led the Patriots on a late game-winning drive against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday.
It's not altogether surprising to hear Patriots owner Robert Kraft extol Tom Brady's awesomeness -- the quarterback is responsible for three Super Bowl championships, after all -- but his recent comments are sure to get some people fired up, most notably 49ers fans and Joe Montana supporters. Let us explain.
In an interview with NFL.com's Albert Breer, here's what Kraft had to say about Brady's place in the game:
"I think that Tommy, with all due respect, is better than Joe Montana. I know that's a leap, but I really think he might already be the best of all time. I watch how involved he is, how driven he is. He's like (Bill) Belichick, he's into the details. And he's got a skill that makes him so special, he can process all of it so quickly. ... And then, he's just got that quality. Certain people have that sincerity. He's a very genuine guy. People can relate to him. People can trust him."
Kraft's comments are certain to go over differently with different people. Montana was 4-0 in the Super Bowl, Brady was 3-2. And Montana was arguably the most clutch player ever. Still, we understand Kraft's bias; before Bill Belichick and Brady arrived in Foxboro, the team languished for much of its history.
But while Brady is as humble as he is handsome (hey, we can admit it), he also grew up in Northern California idolizing Montana. Which is just one more reason he'd love to have another Super Bowl -- just like Joe.
“Well, I’d love to win four, just because I’ve already won three,” Brady said. “You love to win them, that’s why we’re playing. And we’ve had some opportunities and we haven’t really taken advantage of them. There’s disappointing parts of that.”
And in typical Brady fashion, he seems uninterested in reveling in Kraft's remarks.
“Well, that’s my boss. And I love Mr. Kraft for a lot of reasons, and we have a great relationship, and a great friendship,” Brady said. “He’s been through a lot the last few years. There’d be nothing more exciting for all us players than to win for him, because it means a lot to him, and it means a lot to Coach Belichick. I think the great part about being around here is that the expectation is only to win, and there’s nothing else. It’s not about selling tickets or t-shirts. It’s to win football games.”
And winning is something Brady is clearly comfortable with. And this year will be no different (some folks even think the Pats could again go 16-0).