Troy Aikman believes Tom Brady has passed Joe Montana as ‘the greatest’

"What is it, 11 championship games? Six Super Bowl appearances? And now his seventh?"

Tom Brady at Opening Night.
Tom Brady at Opening Night. –Getty Images

For years, Troy Aikman had a locked answer when it came to discussing who he saw as the greatest quarterback ever. But thanks to football’s dynasty of the 21st century, he’s shifted his answer.

Aikman, a three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback himself, will be part of FOX’s Super Bowl LI coverage. And during a pregame interview on Tuesday, he identified Joe Montana as the man he formerly identified as the best quarterback in NFL history.

“I’ve always said Joe Montana,” Aikman said. His logic has been simple: resume.

“Four Super Bowls and they were good every year. So I just always felt that, in my opinion, Joe was the best.”

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But given recent developments, Aikman has been forced to reconsider. Tom Brady’s own resume has grown into a league of its own, as Aikman noted:

What is it, 11 championship games? Six Super Bowl appearances? And now his seventh? An incredible number of playoff wins? I think you’d be hard-pressed not to name him as the greatest now regardless of what happens on Sunday.