With a win over the Seahawks on Sunday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would secure his fourth career Super Bowl victory, bringing him even with Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for the most Super Bowl wins for a starting quarterback in NFL history.
Still, Brady, a Bay Area native, is not ready to put himself on the same level as Montana -- widely considered the greatest quarterback of all time.
“It’s flattering any time you’re mentioned with great players and guys I idolized growing up,” Brady said at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday. “I don’t ever see myself on that level. I can be a pretty tough critic on myself. I respect all the guys who played this game before me. I understand how challenging it is to play the position. There are a lot of guys who do it at a high level currently. There’s a lot of guys that have done it at a really high level in the past. I have a lot of respect for those guys and what they were able to accomplish."
Brady, who grew up rooting for Montana and the 49ers, attended the 1981 NFC Championship when Montana and Dwight Clark connected on "The Catch." While acknowledging league history, Brady's focus is where it ought to be -- on the Seahawks and Super Bowl Super Bowl XLIX.
“Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana won four," Brady said. "A couple guys have won three. Troy Aikman won three. It’s tough to do every year. Everyone starts at the bottom. Everyone is trying to claw their way to the top. There is a lot of attrition that sets in. It’s a tough challenge. It’s a tough journey. To be one of the last two teams standing is a great accomplishment. Only one of the two teams now is going to feel good at this time next week. I hope we’re that team.”
Brady is vying for his fourth victory playing in his sixth Super bowl. Montana won all four Super Bowls he reached, posting gaudy numbers -- 83-for-122 for 1,142 yards, 11 touchdowns, no interceptions and a QB rating of 127.8.
Brady is 127-for-197 for 1,277 yards, nine touchdowns, two interceptions and a 93.8 quarterback rating in his five Super Bowl appearances.