With Peyton Manning starting for the Broncos on Sunday and Joe Montana and Tom Brady taking part in a pregame ceremony for past Super Bowl MVPs, several of the candidates for the greatest quarterback of all time will be at Levi’s Stadium.
If you ask the people in attendance for the game about who they’d pick for that honor, you’d likely get a pretty fair split among those three and a few others from the history of football. During a Thursday appearance on PFT Live, Montana explained why he thinks it’s so difficult for people to agree on which signal caller was the best.
“It’s too hard to measure when the guy played, who they played with, how they play, the era they played in,” Montana said. “The game changes so much on that end of it. Before I played, what defensive backs did to receivers they’d throw them in jail for now. Now you can barely touch them, you can’t hit the quarterback like you used to be able to do it.”
Montana’s four Super Bowl titles and three Super Bowl MVPs certainly make a strong case on his behalf, but they won’t end a debate that’s likely to rage on well after Brady and Manning hang up their cleats. For more from Montana’s visit, including his pick for his favorite overlooked play from his career, check out the video below.