Joe Montana is one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, but he's taking a very lenient stance regarding Tom Brady's involvement in "Deflate-gate."
Montana recently spoke with Trib Total Media, revealing his acceptance and a culture of cutting corners in the NFL:
I wish I'd known (it could make a difference) because I couldn't throw a wet ball to save my life. Heck, I would've thought about (deflating the ball), sure.
Everybody is trying to do something different. Our offensive linemen used to spray silicone on their shirts until they got caught. Once you get caught, you get caught. Period. It doesn't take anything away from Tom's game. But how long has he been doing it? I don't know.
It is one of those things that is a rule, right? It might be a dumb rule, but it doesn't matter. He didn't deflate them himself, but you can pick up the ball and can tell if it is underinflated, overinflated or what you like. Everybody is afraid to say it, but if the guy did it, so what. Just pay up and move on. It's no big deal.
Montana's teammate and fellow Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice took a much harder stance against the Patriots following 'Deflate-gate.'
"I'm going to be point blank, I feel like it's cheating," he said.
Another interesting note from the Trib Total Media article was that of Montana's rooting interest, which lies neither with the 49ers nor the Chiefs. The Pennsylvania native is a Steelers fan.
“Everybody asks me if I am a 49ers fan or a Chiefs fan,” Montana said. “I watch both of them and like both of them, but I grew up a Steelers fan. Once you are a Steelers fan, it is hard to get that out of your blood. I am also a big (Ben) Roethlisberger fan. I really like Ben. He will be in that Hall of Fame someday."