Joe Montana understands the path Tom Brady just put himself on. Like Brady, Montana won multiple Super Bowl titles and became a legend with one NFL franchise. However, he finished his career in Kansas City rather than in San Francisco. With Brady leaving behind the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that has led some to doubt whether the six-time Super Bowl champion can still play at an elite level.
Naturally, Joe Montana delivered some critical career advice to the player who has since surpassed him as the greatest quarterback of all time. And if Brady heeds that advice, perhaps he can prove Bill Belichick wrong after all.
Joe Montana and Tom Brady joined new teams late in their careers
Like Tom Brady, Joe Montana spent the majority of his career with one NFL franchise. He became a legend in San Francisco thanks to his ability do deliver Super Bowl titles. Montana won four championships with the 49ers and took home Super Bowl MVP honors three times. Plus, he earned NFL MVP honors in both 1989 and 1990.
However, despite attaining legend status, Montana did not finish his career with the 49ers. With Steve Young ready to take over, they traded their iconic quarterback to the Chiefs. He signed a three-year contract but ultimately played just two years in Kansas City before retiring after the 1994 season.
Of course, Brady did not get traded from the Patriots, but like Montana, he will not finish his career where it started. After two decades of dominance, the three-time NFL MVP said goodbye to Patriot Nation. The aging quarterback signed a two-year, $50 million deal to become the new face of the Buccaneers.
At 43 years old, Brady does not have time on his side. He also did not play up to his usual standard in 2019. Naturally, that has led to doubts about whether he will live up to expectations in Tampa.
Montana delivers critical career advice to TB12
As Tom Brady turns the page to a new chapter of his career, he will have to silence critics who believe he has no shot of succeeding in a new environment at an age where most players should be well into retirement.
While Joe Montana changed his colors at age 36, Brady will break in a new uniform at age 43. Though the odds may be stacked against him, that should not dissuade TB12. At least, that’s the message Joe Montana sent when speaking on Good Morning Football about what advice he would tell the six-time Super Bowl winner.
“I think the biggest thing is, finding a way, no matter what, there will always be those guys that are even a little skeptical of, I don’t know how you are, Tom, but until you prove you can do it for them, they’re always skeptical about it,” Montana said.
“The same thing happened in Kansas City and once that happened, once you get totally accepted in there, which I don’t think it will take long — Tom’s not the kind of guy who will make anything difficult — so I think he’s going to be fun, fun to watch.”
Skepticism should be nothing new for Tom Brady. After all, nobody thought he would become a starting quarterback, let alone the greatest one of all time. This season represents another chance for him to prove doubters wrong.
Can TB12 turn Tampa into a title contender?
Quarterbacks ultimately get judged on what they do in the postseason. So for Tom Brady, putting up big numbers with his collection of talented targets will mean nothing if Tampa does not achieve playoff success.
On paper, the Buccaneers boast a terrifying offense. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin already looked like stars with Jameis Winston. Making the upgrade to Brady should allow both receivers to elevate their game.
Plus, Rob Gronkowski looks rejuvenated after spending a year away from football. Like Brady, he traded in his Patriots colors for a Buccaneers uniform after coming out of retirement. He will also have to answer questions about how much he has left in the tank.
As long as Brady gets sound protection, he should have no trouble reminding everyone why he earned MVP honors just three years ago. His supporting cast easily tops what he worked with during his final few years in New England. At the same time, he could suffer from not having Bill Belichick on his side.
At the end of the day, though, Joe Montana’s advice about dealing with skeptics shouldn’t be anything new to Tom Brady. He’s spent his entire life proving people wrong. Let’s see if he can do it again by bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Tampa.