Joe Montana is one of only a handful of players who may be qualified to give Tom Brady advice. He was, after all, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and his San Francisco 49ers continue to be a well-regarded team. Montana’s career has a second chapter, though, and he wants to convince Brady to avoid it.
Joe Montana’s advice to Tom Brady
Montana’s career with the 49ers is one of the most legendary in NFL history. He threw for over 35,000 yards and 244 touchdowns in his 13 years with the team. His ending with San Francisco, however, did not lack controversy. Montana was knocked out of the 1991 season with an injury. With this, came the emergence of Steve Young as his heir.
After Montana missed the bulk of 1992, the 49ers were forced to make a choice, and they went with Young. Montana moved to the Kansas City Chiefs. While he had two good years there, it never seemed right; he retired after the second year. Montana doesn’t want Brady to have the same experience. The 49ers legend even asked the quarterback not to leave the Patriots.
“It’s not easy to go to another team and get accepted, no matter how much success you’ve had and how many years you’ve played,” Montana said on NFL Network. “They still want to see you come in and be the same player and be that loyal to them as you were to the other team you just left.”
Should Brady listen?
Brady is entering the 2020 offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Even though he is well into his forties, teams may be willing to overpay him to get a year or two of dominance before he finally calls it quits. As Montana points out, however, this could be bad for Brady’s legacy.
Few players get a chance to play their entire careers with the same team. Brady doing so while remaining relevant for over two decades would, perhaps, be the greatest example of this. He is synonymous not only with the New England Patriots, but Boston sports and the NFL.
To throw this away for a stint with the Los Angeles Chargers or soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders could very well continue his streak of greatness. But it could come at a cost, like being terribly miscast in a play.
Will the Patriots allow this to happen?
Many people assume Brady will end up back in New England, but he has made it known that he’s done playing for discounts. If the Patriots want to keep their QB, they’ll have to pay him what he wants. There could be a certain amount of smoke and mirrors going into Brady’s negotiations. But the Patriots don’t want to take a chance on losing the face of the franchise.
At the end of the day, as Montana points out, the bond between a player of Brady’s caliber and his team is special. Throwing it away for a little money could damage both parties. Still, if the Patriots refuse to play ball and give Brady what he wants, he may have to look elsewhere if he wants to play.
Brady could go to another team, but after two decades of donning the red, white, and blue for the Patriots, nothing he does elsewhere will ever hold a candle to what he’s done in New England.
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