Tom Brady is NOT the best regular season or Super Bowl quarterback ever, says Mike Francesa after the 45-year-old’s retirement from football – but the legendary radio host doesn’t think anyone will catch his seven Super Bowls
Tom Brady has retired with the most Super Bowl rings of any NFL player ever, but that doesn’t mean he’s the best quarterback Mike Francesa has ever watched.
The legendary New York radio host reunited with his former co-host Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo on ESPN’s ‘First Take’ Wednesday – along with Stephen A. Smith – and offered some strong opinions on the quarterback after he announced for a second time he was hanging up his cleats.
While Francesa acknowledged that the former Patriots and Bucs star was ‘great’, he bristled at the notion he was the most talented to ever play the quarterback position.
‘He’s not the best regular season quarterback I’ve sever seen, Peyton Manning is. He’s not the best Super Bowl quarterback who ever lived, Joe Montana is,’ he said.
‘What he is though, is the guy who played the longest, and he won the most games. He won the most Super Bowls so he will be remembered because nobody’s gonna play 23 years and nobody’s probably ever gonna have a chance to win that many Super Bowls.’
Mike Francesa praised Tom Brady but said he wasn’t the greatest quarterback he’d ever seen
The quarterback posted an emotional 52 second video on social media to confirm the news
‘Tom Brady made himself great. He wasn’t great,’ he continued.
‘He wasn’t great in college. He lost his job, which is what fueled him his whole life. He was the most competitive person anybody ever met and he worked harder than anybody ever to be this good.’
Drafted out of Michigan as a sixth-round pick, Brady began his career as a backup and only got his chance when starter Drew Bledsoe got hurt.
From there, Brady carved out a legendary career, winning six rings with the Patriots and another with the Bucs in 2021.
He also won three MVP trophies.
That impressive MVP haul, however pales in comparison to Manning, who won five, though the former Colts and Broncos quarterback won ‘only’ two Super Bowls in five trips.
Montana, as Francesa mentioned, was stellar in championship games, going 4-0 in Super Bowls and posting an outrageous 127.8 passer rating – including zero interceptions.
Brady posted a 97.7 rating and threw six interceptions in 10 Super Bowl appearances.
Brady retires with seven Super Bowl rings and three MVP awards across a storied career
The quarterback announced his decision in a concise 52-second video on Wednesday.
‘Good morning guys. I’ll get to the point right away. I’m retiring, for good,’ he said in the video, filmed while sitting on the beach.
‘I know the process was a pretty big deal last time so when I woke up this morning I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first.
‘It won’t be long-winded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year, so… really, thank you guys so much to every single one of you for supporting me.
‘My family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors. I could go over forever, there’s too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all.’