FOXBORO -- Von Miller doesn't believe Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time. That title should be reserved for Peyton Manning. Yet, for some reason, Miller can't stop calling Brady "the GOAT."
Confused? So was he, I think, on Wednesday's conference call.
Asked what makes Tom Brady -- who Miller has played eight times in his career -- so good, Miller couldn't have been more complimentary before realizing he was committing a crime against his former teammate.
"Tom Brady? Everything. He's the GOAT," Miller said. "He's the GOAT, but I feel like Peyton Manning is the real GOAT. But Tom Brady is the GOAT."
Got it. Wait...wha? So who's better?
"I mean I'm going to go with my guy," Miller said. "I'm going to go with Peyton, but I mean Tom Brady is the GOAT."
Nope. Nope, nope, nope. Still just not getting it. One more time, please?
"I mean whenever you're talking about 'TB12,' " Miller said. "It's just like [GOAT is] his name, too. It's not correct. It's not correct but that is his name. But it's not correct because in my opinion Peyton Manning is the GOAT. But that is his name. You know what I'm saying?"
Not at all.
"It's kind of weird," Miller added. "Tom Brady, that's his real name. It's kind of like Bill and William. That's his name. He is the GOAT, but in all reality it's Peyton. That's my guy."
That guy retired at 39 years old and was a shell of his former self by the end of his career. Brady, meanwhile, is in the conversation for NFL MVP halfway through his 40-year-old season.
Given how things went for Manning, is what Brady doing now any more impressive, Miller was asked? Or might it sway his opinion of the quarterback he's about to face?
"It's just how life is sometimes," Miller said. "Sometimes guys [are] just different. It's just different for each individual. Brady is playing until 40. It looks like he can play until 45. Some other guys they can't make it that many years. It's all different. That all falls into the equation of Tom Brady being the GOAT."
Sounds like he's coming around.