Morning sports update: Joe Montana explained why he’s hesitant to label Tom Brady the ‘GOAT’

"You know, everybody tried to compare us and there’s just no comparison."

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A Patriots fan holds up a sign indicating that Tom Brady had broken the record of his boyhood idol Joe Montana with his 17th postseason victory in Jan. 2013. –Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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Joe Montana thinks it’s difficult to compare quarterbacks from different eras: San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana was Tom Brady’s idol. The California native dressed up as Montana for Halloween, and was at the NFC Championship Game when Montana passed to Dwight Clark for “The Catch.”

Yet in a recent podcast appearance on Bleacher Report’s “Stick to Football,” Montana was skeptical of the idea that Brady is definitively the “GOAT” (greatest of all time). Here’s his explanation:

Eh, everybody wants that title I think. I think it’s really hard to give anyone that title. Tom obviously has had a tremendous career and I have a lot of respect for what he’s done and all he’s accomplished. You know, everybody tried to compare us and there’s just no comparison. The way I look at it, I mean if you go back and try to compare when I played to guys who played long before me if you look at Otto Graham and Sammy Baugh, those guys were way ahead of their time in what they were able to accomplish. You can hardly find film on them, but you know, the game is forever changing and I just say enjoy everyone for what it’s worth. Yeah, I’m just happy to be in the conversation, but obviously, Tom is just putting up stupid numbers so it’s going to be hard for anybody to catch him I think.

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