San Francisco 49ers great Charles Haley was elected into the Hall-of-Fame this year. With an NFL-record five Super Bowl rings, he recently shared an interesting perspective on Tom Brady, who evened Joe Montana with his fourth Super Bowl victory on Sunday.
The "Brady vs. Montana" debate is an easy one for the 13-year NFL veteran -- it's Montana.
“Joe didn’t have to cheat,” Haley said in an interview with the Talk of Fame Network. “I've lost respect. I’ve lost all respect (for Brady). When your integrity is challenged in the game of football, to me, all his Super Bowls are tainted. All his Super Bowls are tainted. You have to say this just didn’t happen overnight. Who wants that shadow over them? I could be wrong. ...
"Then you’ve got (Patriots coach Bill) Belichick coming on three different times trying to explain it… You know something is wrong.”
"Deflate-gate" marred the Patriots' playoff run after it was discovered that 11 of the 12 balls used by New England in the first half of the AFC Championship between the Patriots and Colts were significantly underinflated. New England defeated Indianapolis 45-7.
“This is what I believe, this is what Charles Haley believes," Haley said. "It’s going to come back to haunt him one day. If the league don't come down on this guy, then...
"Everybody is talking about it. Nobody believes it was by accident. It is what it is.
“I’m not going to take one of his Super Bowl rings away from him. But it’s sad that it has to be tainted like it is right now. Hopefully they’ll come out and let us know what really happened. Then all the mystery is gone.”