Joe Burrow on Tom Brady: “Don’t compare me to the best player of all time”

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Joe Burrow knows he has a long, long way to go before he’ll have earned comparisons to Tom Brady.

Burrow was asked on NFL Network about whether he’s similar to Brady, the Patriots’ six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback. Burrow said he doesn’t want that kind of a burden on his shoulders.

“Please don’t compare me to the best player of all time. Let me do my own thing. Don’t do that to me, please,” Burrow said.

Told that it’s a great compliment to be compared to Brady, Burrow said, “It is. But it’s Tom Brady.”

Draft prospects are frequently compared to current NFL players, and that makes sense when it’s an attempt to explain how a certain player might be used when he gets to the league. But comparing anyone to Brady doesn’t make a lot of sense because it’s just not realistic to think anyone is going to have a career like Brady’s. Some players are simply unique in NFL history, and those players defy comparison.

52 responses to “Joe Burrow on Tom Brady: “Don’t compare me to the best player of all time”

  1. Brady was drafted on to a playoff contender with a coach who would go on to be the GOAT. They had a starting quarterback already so there were no expectations. He got to learn the system.
    Burrows is going to team that is terrible. It’s the Bungles. He is getting thrown to the wolves. Nothing good will happen for him as a rookie.

  2. Best player ever? Questionable.
    Best quarterback ever, there’s speculation.
    But best Patriot ever to be sure.

  3. Ridiculous to compare him to anyone, much less Brady. How about playing a few snaps first?

  4. Comparison to Brady (or Belichick) is dumb, so inevitably some media dope will do it daily.

  5. Burrow said: please don’t compare me to Tom Brady. Wouldn’t 10 out out of 10 rookie QBs say the the exact same thing, if they were asked the same question?

  6. Brady was drafted on to a playoff contender with a coach who would go on to be the GOAT. They had a starting quarterback already so there were no expectations. He got to learn the system.

    What?!?!

    The Patriots were 5-11 Brady’s 1st year
    Then started 0-2 the next season.
    So that 5-13 before he took over not exacta “playoff contender”

  7. Indybear says: “Ridiculous to compare him to anyone, much less Brady. How about playing a few snaps first?”
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    What are you talking about??? The point of these comparisons in the media is for the fans that don’t watch college football to know the STYLE of play expected from the draft prospects.

    It ISN’T to say the kid will have a career like Brady, Montana, Mahomes or whoever the comparison is to. He HAS played enough snaps in college for draft analysts to categorize his football traits – ie multiple reads, quick release, footwork, etc.

  8. I’m pretty sure rookie Johnny Manziel and rookie Baker Mayfield would have said something like “don’t compare Tom Brady to ME!!”

    haha

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    raidwin says:
    March 4, 2020 at 6:42 am
    Burrow said: please don’t compare me to Tom Brady. Wouldn’t 10 out out of 10 rookie QBs say the the exact same thing, if they were asked the same question?

  9. I guarantee you, Joe Burrow never heard of Sammy Baugh or Otto Graham, or Johnny Unitas. He is just repeating what the millennials say about Brady — that he is the greatest of all time.
    Brady is the greatest QB of his era, but no one can say he is the greatest of all time because the eras were totally different for the guys I mentioned above. But all three of them dominated their eras as much as Brady. The only difference is the number of championships Brady has, but the last time I looked, it takes more than one player to win championships.
    Millennials will understand where I am coming from in about 30 or 40 years when some guy then will be called the “greatest of all time”.

  10. What is there to compare?

    Brady was an unheralded prospect with the body of a 40 year old accountant that occasionally biked to work when he was drafted. The rest is history.

    Burrow is completely different, physically, will be drafted top 5. He’s unlikely to even scratch the surface of Brady’s career, but will hope to get close.

    Apples and oranges, even if they play the same position.

  11. Imagine if Joe Montana ALSO had Dan Marinos numbers in the 80s. Thats what Brady has achieved.

  12. Brady isn’t even the best player playing right now. He’s a system guy who has enjoyed plenty of protection up front and (for the most part) reliable receivers. Even Matt Cassel looked like a future hall of famer in that system. Brady’s the most successful QB of all time and that’s tough to argue.

  13. No comparison. Marino threw 48 TDs when the next closest was 35. Brady’s always been one of the top performers but never the clear cut best.

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    sityourselfdown says:

    Imagine if Joe Montana ALSO had Dan Marinos numbers in the 80s. Thats what Brady has achieved.

  14. teamrituals says:
    March 4, 2020 at 5:22 am
    Best player ever? Questionable.
    Best quarterback ever, there’s speculation.
    But best Patriot ever to be sure.

    56 160 Rate This

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    Umm, no, #2 is not “speculation”, it’s a proven fact based on the resume compared to everyone else’s.

    Ridiculous to claim otherwise. The greatest NBA players are either Bill Russell or Michael Jordan based on how many championships the led their teams to. That is the ultimate difference in these kinds of considerations.

    Best player? That’s certainly subjective, yes.

  15. Brady was drafted on to a playoff contender with a coach who would go on to be the GOAT. They had a starting quarterback already so there were no expectations. He got to learn the system.
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    The Patriots changed their system to more of a spread system to fit Tom Brady’s strength of identify/isolate/accuracy.

  16. No comparison. Marino threw 48 TDs when the next closest was 35. Brady’s always been one of the top performers but never the clear cut best.

    I’m pretty sure Tom Brady being the ONLY UNANIMOUS MVP
    ever qualifies as being the “clear cut best”

  17. And people wonder why there is so much unnecessary pressure on these players as rookies, particularly the QBs.

    As to the Bengals, Burrow should simply make it clear, that if they draft him, that if they don’t commit to winning their chances of a second contract are nil.

  18. Can you also imagine the laughter and ridicule had Brady been asked this question at this stage of his career if he had responded, I’d like to have a better career than Joe Montana.

  19. If you going to anoint someone the best based on accomplishments (ignoring the fact these are team sports throughout different eras) than you have to include Kareem in the discussion for GOAT.

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    tylawspick6 says:

    Umm, no, #2 is not “speculation”, it’s a proven fact based on the resume compared to everyone else’s.

    Ridiculous to claim otherwise. The greatest NBA players are either Bill Russell or Michael Jordan based on how many championships the led their teams to. That is the ultimate difference in these kinds of considerations.

    Best player? That’s certainly subjective, yes.

  20. spacedive1 says:
    March 4, 2020 at 9:40 am
    Brady isn’t even the best player playing right now…Even Matt Cassel looked like a future hall of famer [with the Pats]..
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    LOL. I like Matt Cassel. If Cassel ever looked like a future HOFer, it was one of his seasons with the Chiefs, never with the Pats.

    Michael Jordan was not the best player playing in the NBA when he was with the Washington Wizards, does that exclude Jordan from consideration as the Greatest NBA Player of All-Time?

    Reliable receivers for Brady? Okay, Brady has had some “reliable receivers.” Joe Montana and Peyton Manning had HOF wide receivers, does that mean they should be excluded from consideration as among the five best QBs of All-Time after the greatest, Tom Brady?

  21. One of 2 Unanimous MVPs. And every MVP winner is the best that year (see Cam Newton and Matt Ryan) but statistically Brady has never been the clear front runner like Dan Marino was. It’s always been Brady, Peyton, Brees, and Favre. Marino retired with not just with the most yards and TDs but almost twice as much as whoever was second.

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    Flash1211 says:

    I’m pretty sure Tom Brady being the ONLY UNANIMOUS MVP
    ever qualifies as being the “clear cut best”

  22. Brady is the GOAT because he win all 6 Super Bowls in the Free Agent era. The poster above who mentioned Unitas, Graham, and Baugh forgets they had roster continuity and knew every player’s strengths and weaknesses. Brady has/had to deal with different rosters for every playoff run he had. Some had good receivers, others didn’t. Some were better at run blocking, others were better at pass protecting.

    (FYI: I’m a Broncos fan with no love for Brady; Facts matter.)

  23. I didn’t hear anyone compare Burrow to Joe Montana. He’s heads and shoulders above Brady.

  24. Peyton Manning is the best QB I’ve ever watched.
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    Go back and watch his SB play then we can talk

  25. I didn’t hear anyone compare Burrow to Joe Montana. He’s heads and shoulders above Brady.
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    At what? Certainly not football. Stats, rings, wins, accolades, and everything else support that

  26. That’s a credit to Belichick, not Brady. He’s the one that always kept a talented roster. And lack of roster continuity works both ways. Unitas, Graham etc had to play teams that maintained the same roster and were familiar with everyone’s strengths. Brady gets to play teams that have to keep dealing with different rosters.

    You B. Crazy says:
    March 4, 2020 at 11:55 am
    Brady is the GOAT because he win all 6 Super Bowls in the Free Agent era. The poster above who mentioned Unitas, Graham, and Baugh forgets they had roster continuity and knew every player’s strengths and weaknesses. Brady has/had to deal with different rosters for every playoff run he had. Some had good receivers, others didn’t. Some were better at run blocking, others were better at pass protecting.

  27. No comparison. Marino threw 48 TDs when the next closest was 35. Brady’s always been one of the top performers but never the clear cut best.
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    Cool stat. In 2007, Brady threw 50 TDs and the next closest was Romo with 36. Sounds pretty clear cut to me based on that formula

  28. Rings, stats, accomplishments have to be measured by their eras and how long they played for a great franchise. No one denies Brady has more accomplishments but he also played twice as long for New England as Montana did for SF and was able to finish his career with rule changes that allowed him to still play at a high level into his 40s. No Salary Cap is a mute point. While the 49ers were able to maintain a great team so were the Giants, Redskins, Cowboys, Bears, etc… And Montana only played with Rice for 5 years…

    blessedunliketherest says:
    March 4, 2020 at 12:24 pm
    I didn’t hear anyone compare Burrow to Joe Montana. He’s heads and shoulders above Brady.
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    At what? Certainly not football. Stats, rings, wins, accolades, and everything else support that

  29. whywerule says:
    March 4, 2020 at 11:46 am

    LOL. I like Matt Cassel. If Cassel ever looked like a future HOFer, it was one of his seasons with the Chiefs, never with the Pats.
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    Matt Cassel was 10-5 his first starting season Pats. He was 4-11 when he went to the Chiefs. Patriots had a plug and play system in place. My point is, the system helps a QB look better than they actually are. Had Cassel replaced Brady, permanently, we’re probably following Cassel’s off-season closely to see where he ends up, instead of Brady.

  30. Bart Starr — six championship games in 7 years and won 5 of them. Brady never did that.
    Otto Graham — took the Browns to league championship games every year from 1949 to 1955 (in the old AAFC from 1946 to 1949 and then the NFL from 1950 to 1955) and won 7 of them. Tom Brady didn’t do that, either.
    The point is, winning championships is great but it is not the deciding factor in how great a QB is. The deciding factor in how great a QB is is how well he dominated his era.
    Dan Marino never won a championship and neither did Dan Fouts. But they were way better than many QB’s who did.
    Tom Brady is the best QB of his era, no question about it. But greatest of all time? There is no such animal.

  31. Yes, for that year. Marino did that over his entire career.

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    blessedunliketherest says:

    Cool stat. In 2007, Brady threw 50 TDs and the next closest was Romo with 36. Sounds pretty clear cut to me based on that formula

  32. Matt Cassel was 10-5 his first starting season Pats.
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    He did and that was taking over for a team that was 18-1 the year before. The team did not make the playoffs either. I did not know HOF stats were 21 TDs, 11 INTS, 3600 yards. If that is the Case why isn’t Danny White in the HOF? Just stop with your nonsense.

  33. Joe, marry a supermodel that earns more than you and the comparison can begin.

  34. How the hell does Mahommes get thrown into any convo about all times greats when he’s basically won as many super bowls as the likes of Hostetler, Flacco, Theisman, Dilfer….you get my point. He won beating the 4th and 6th seed in the AFC to get there….Stop it, Mahommes has a LONG ways to go before being considered better then say Roethlisberger. Nobody should ever mention ANY OTHER QB in the same breath as Brady.

  35. If Burrows can take the Bengals to the playoffs, that alone would put him into consideration for GOAT.

  36. Jake1057 says:
    March 4, 2020 at 1:48 pm
    How the hell does Mahommes get thrown into any convo about all times greats.. Nobody should ever mention ANY OTHER QB in the same breath as Brady.
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    Mahomes is leaps and bounds more physically gifted than TB. He gets compared to the greatest based on eye test and the fact that he’s on pace to shatter all the records.

  37. So wait, didn’t we hear the same thing about Aaron Rodgers, Watson, Wentz…”insert all the others”….Talk to me when Mahommes reaches 9 Super Bowl appearances with 6 of them wins….yuh.

  38. Clitoral Hood says:
    March 4, 2020 at 3:28 pm
    If Burrows can take the Bengals to the playoffs, that alone would put him into consideration for GOAT.
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    So you’re saying Dalton is the GOAT? (5) consecutive playoff appearances with Cincinnati, including his rookie year. Now I see why BB is interested in him.

  39. Jake1057 says:
    March 4, 2020 at 4:22 pm
    So wait, didn’t we hear the same thing about Aaron Rodgers, Watson, Wentz…”insert all the others”….Talk to me when Mahommes reaches 9 Super Bowl appearances with 6 of them wins….yuh.
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    Last I checked, a quarterback doesn’t stand out there by himself and win a Superbowl. I’m sure BB and the other Patriots deserve some of the credit. If number of Superbowls is the end-all metric for evaluating a QB, then yes, Brady is superior to all other QBs. SMH..

  40. Hate the GOAT talk, but look up Otto Graham and what he did.

    Same when people say Jerry Rice is the GOAT at WR….just look up Don Hutson and see what he did.

    GOAT talk is ridiculous because of recency bias.

  41. Burrow is a better QB than Tom Brady. Burrow might be the best QB since Joe Montana. And Trevor Lawrence is coming out next year, and he could be the best ever. Fun times.

  42. steele6969 says:
    March 4, 2020 at 5:05 am
    Brady was drafted on to a playoff contender with a coach who would go on to be the GOAT. They had a starting quarterback already so there were no expectations. He got to learn the system.
    Burrows is going to team that is terrible. It’s the Bungles. He is getting thrown to the wolves. Nothing good will happen for him as a rookie.

    Bro he was drafted onto a team that Belicheck had just arrived at and that would go 5-11 that season and start 0-2 the following season before he became a starter. Not really a playoff contender

  43. Between Gronk and Welker they had 10 Pro Bowls covering 2007-2017. Plus Edelman, and contributions from Hernandez, Branch, Cooks and Moss. Enough of the narrative of how Brady never had great receivers. Montana had Rice for 6 years and contributions from Dwight Clark, John Taylor & Freddie Solomon. Hardly any better than what Brady had.

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    whywerule says:

    Reliable receivers for Brady? Okay, Brady has had some “reliable receivers.” Joe Montana and Peyton Manning had HOF wide receivers, does that mean they should be excluded from consideration as among the five best QBs of All-Time after the greatest, Tom Brady?

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