Tom Brady won't say he's better player than 49ers legend Joe Montana

Tom Brady won't say he's better player than 49ers legend Joe Montana

As a kid from the Bay Area, Tom Brady grew up watching and idolizing 49ers legendary quarterback Joe Montana.

Montana was the unquestioned greatest quarterback of all time until Brady came on the scene as a sixth-round draft pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. Over the last 20 years, Brady has put together arguably the greatest career in history, winning six Super Bowls, nine AFC titles and 17 AFC East titles. So, is the 42-year-old quarterback ready to say he's taken the GOAT mantle from his childhood hero?

Not a chance.

“I can’t say that," Brady said Wednesday on the "Howard Stern Show." "I would never say that. That’s not how I think about myself. The only thing I care about is am I the best I can be? I’m the best I can be.”

Very predictable answer from the media-savvy Brady.

While Brady won't say if he's a better player than Montana, he certainly is charting a similar course to the one blazed by the 49ers star, choosing to finish his career on his terms.

After spending two decades with the New England Patriots, Brady opted for a new challenge this offseason when he signed a two-year contract to play with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the reported friction between himself and Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Brady opted to pen his final chapter away from the only NFL home he has ever known.

Following the 1992 season, with a quarterback controversy brewing between him and Steve Young, Montana demanded a trade and was dealt to the Kansas City Chiefs where he would end his career.

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Montana gave a similar answer when he was asked who was the best of all time, saying he didn't believe it was fair based on how the game was played in different eras.

Perhaps one day the two GOATs will sit down and discuss their historic legacies. But for now, Brady is laser-focused on bringing a Super Bowl title to Tampa Bay.

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49ers' Jerry Rice rookie card sells for over $31K, a record, at auction

49ers' Jerry Rice rookie card sells for over $31K, a record, at auction

They don't call him the GOAT for nothing.

A Jerry Rice rookie card from his first season with the 49ers in 1986 broke a record after selling for over $29,000 on Thursday. As the Action Network's Darren Rovell posted on Sunday, another Rice card quickly broke that record.

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Rice is universally considered one of, if not the greatest NFL player of all time. Over 16 seasons with San Francisco, Rice accumulated 19,247 receiving yards and 176 touchdowns.

It's only fitting that Rice's rookie card now is among the most valuable trading cards on the market.

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Russell Wilson's trolling of Tom Brady's 'The Match' outing backfires

Russell Wilson's trolling of Tom Brady's 'The Match' outing backfires

49ers fans love to hate Russell Wilson, and he gave them another reason to give him grief Sunday.

A few hours before Tiger Woods teamed up with Peyton Manning to take on Phil Mickelson and Bay Area native Tom Brady in "The Match: Champions for Charity," Wilson took a Twitter shot at Brady.

When Brady got off to an awful start to "The Match," Wilson went at Brady again.

There are a few problems with Wilson's jabs at Brady.

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First, Wilson lost to Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Instead, Seattle's quarterback should have been trolling Manning, whom the Seahawks beat in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Second, Brady redeemed himself and made Wilson look silly when he sank an incredible birdie on hole No. 7.

Yes, Brady is out of his element on the golf course, but Wilson should have known who he was messing with.

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49ers fans certainly won't miss the chance to let Wilson hear about this.