Joe Montana does not rate Tom Brady or himself as the greatest quarterback of all time because he believes "it's hard to put anyone in that bucket."
The New England Patriots' stunning rally to win Super Bowl 51 last Sunday led to plenty of headlines and tweets declaring Brady is undoubtedly the best quarterback there has ever been.
But Montana, who led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl victories in the 1980s and was widely hailed as the NFL's greatest in his position before Brady came along, begs to differ.
In an appearance on the Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" show on Friday, Montana said there have been too many great quarterbacks in NFL history, across different eras, to pick one out as the best of the bunch.
"He's [Brady] obviously having this great career, but I just think that it's hard to put anyone in that bucket," Montana said via TMZ.
"Even before he got five [Super Bowl rings], you look back at some of the guys that some people don't even know, Sammy Baugh or Otto Graham … (Graham) won like seven championships.
"They were so far ahead of their time. It's hard to compare guys from then to now, and how they would compare here and how we would compare back then."
When the show's hosts joked that some would call Montana the greatest quarterback of all time, he disagreed.
"Even though people say that — and I appreciate that — I still can't say that about myself," Montana said.
Montana's wife, Jennifer, with him on the show, said her husband has a different opinion behind closed doors.
"At home, you're saying that all the time," she quipped. "We are reminded constantly."