Mon­tana not ready to put Brady at top

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE - Com­piled by Todd J. Pearce

Former San Fran­cisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs quar­ter­back Joe Mon­tana isn’t ready to say New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady is the great­est of all time.

Mon­tana, a four-time Su­per Bowl cham­pion with the 49ers, told James Miller of the New York Daily News that to­day’s play­ers have it eas­ier. He in­sisted great quar­ter­backs are gen­er­a­tional, and while he ac­knowl­edged Brady’s game, he was hes­i­tant to put Brady above quar­ter­backs of the past.

“Ob­vi­ously, he’s a great quar­ter­back. You can’t go into the Su­per Bowl and win like that and not be,” Mon­tana said. “I just say, ‘En­joy them as they come. And as the game changes, en­joy the changes along with it.’ Be­cause all the guys that played be­fore me were say­ing, ‘Wow, you guys got it easy,’ just like every­body when I played are say­ing, ‘Wow, you guys got it easy to­day.’ “

Mon­tana’s four ti­tles and three Su­per Bowl MVPs were the gold stan­dard for NFL quar­ter­backs un­til Brady earned his fifth ti­tle and fourth MVP after a 25-point come­back vic­tory over the At­lanta Falcons in Su­per Bowl LI, be­com­ing the win­ningest quar­ter­back in Su­per Bowl his­tory.

“Every­body talks about the great­est of all time, even be­fore he got five. It’s just re­ally dif­fi­cult,” Mon­tana said of pick­ing the best ever. “I al­ways tell peo­ple to go back and look at Sammy Baugh and Otto Gra­ham footage and you’ll see it’s re­ally how you com­pare those guys to to­day’s game and how you com­pare to­day’s game back to as far back as when we played.”

Step right up

SEC Com­mis­sioner Greg Sankey in­tro­duced each head coach at the podium in the print me­dia ball­room dur­ing SEC foot­ball me­dia days in Hoover, Ala.

After his in­tro­duc­tion, Mis­sis­sippi State Coach Dan Mullen re­marked about the silent walk to the dais.

“It’s quiet when you walk up,” Mullen said. “We need to come up with walk-up mu­sic. We can sit around at the spring meet­ings and come up with walk-up mu­sic.”

Jon Cooper and Satur­ took the idea Wed­nes­day and re­leased a list of walk-up songs for each SEC coach.

■ Alabama’s Nick Sa­ban: “The Im­pe­rial March” (Darth Vader’s theme)

■ Ar­kan­sas’ Bret Bielema: “I Would Do Any­thing For Love” by Meat Loaf

“Bielema first told his wife he was an MBA his­tory pro­fes­sor,” Cooper wrote.

■ Auburn’s Gus Malzahn: “Fuel” by Me­tal­lica

■ Florida’s Jim McEl­wain: Jaws theme song

■ Ge­or­gia’s Kirby Smart: “God, Your Mama and Me” by Flori­daGe­or­gia Line

■ Ken­tucky’s Mark Stoops: “Over­shad­owed” by Ash­lee Simp­son

“Stoops, like Ash­lee Simp­son, is over­shad­owed by an older si­b­ling,” Cooper ex­plained. “Un­like Stoops, Simp­son wrote a song about it.”

LSU’s Ed Org­eron: “Born on the Bayou” by Cree­dence Clear­wa­ter Re­vival

Mis­sis­sippi’s Hugh Freeze: “It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy

“Un­der the NCAA’s cloud, this song fits Freeze per­fectly,” Cooper ex­plained.

Mis­sis­sippi State’s Dan Mullen: “Where The Streets Have No Name” by U2

“It was Mullen’s idea, so we give him what he wants,” Cooper wrote.

Mis­souri’s Barry Odom: “Mr. Jones” by Mike Jones

“En­ter­ing his sec­ond sea­son, no­body still knows who Barry Odom is,” Cooper wrote.

South Carolina’s Will Muschamp: “Boom” by P.O.D.

“Coach Boom brings the Boom,” Cooper wrote.

Ten­nes­see’s Butch Jones: “We Are The Cham­pi­ons” by Queen

“We tried to find a kid’s ver­sion, be­cause Fred­die Mer­cury is prob­a­bly too cool for Butch Jones,” Cooper wrote.

Texas A&M’s Kevin Sum­lin: “It’s the End Of The World” by R.E.M.

Van­der­bilt’s Derek Ma­son: “Un­lock The Swag” by Rae Srem­murd


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