Feb 3, 2015 3:13 PM
Best quarterback of all time: Brady or Montana?
It's a question that's been asked for years, and after Super Bowl XLIX, the answer may be a little bit less clear.
So let's take the newest four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback - Patriots hero Tom Brady - and put him up against his childhood idol, Joe Montana - widely considered one of the best quarterbacks to ever take the field.
Montana won four Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, including back-to-back wins in 1989 and 1990.
Brady has four now as well - winning his own back-to-back Super Bowl wins in 2003 and 2004.
So what about their individual passing stats.
Montana has a career completion percentage of 63.2%. Brady is just a hair above at 63.5%, but let's not forget Brady could have a few more years to raise or even lower that number.
In 15 seasons, Montana threw 273 touchdowns with 139 interceptions. Brady - who just completed his 15th season - has already surpassed Montana in that regard, throwing 392 career touchdowns with 143 interceptions.
However, it's widely known that this is a much more pass friendly and pass heavy league we live in now compared to back when Montana played.
Montana is a 2-time NFL MVP, 3-time Super Bowl MVP, and an 8-time Pro Bowl selection.
Brady is also a 2-time MVP and 3-time Super Bowl MVP to go along with 10 Pro Bowl selections.
While the two are very similar in stats and accolades, Brady has said he has no plans to retire or slow down. That leaves the door open for a few more Super Bowl runs, and potentially giving him a jump on Montana.
Where do their teammates and coaches stand on the discussion.
Pats Coach Bill Belichick spoke glowingly of Brady after his fourth Super Bowl win, leaving no question as to who he believes is the best.
"He's our leader, he competes as well as any player I've ever coached, he's well prepared, he's got great poise, great presence," said Belichick. "He may not always be perfect, but like it is for any of us, we all have our moments, but Tom, like many other players on our team, is the guy that fights to the end and competes to the end and. There's no player than I respect more for that than Tom."
So where do you stand on this debate? Is it Tom Terrific? Super Bowl Joe? Or maybe you think another guy deserves the spotlight. Whoever you think it is, join the conversation and let us know in the comments section of the story.