Joe Montana says he would have deflated footballs if he knew it would help
(Boston.com) BOSTON, Mass. – Apparently four Super Bowl titles aren’t the only thing Tom Brady and Joe Montana share.
Montana told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he would have considered deflating footballs himself if he knew it would have helped him grip the ball in wet conditions.
“I wish I’d known (it could make a difference) because I couldn’t throw a wet ball to save my life,” the Hall of Fame quarterback told the Tribune . “Heck, I would’ve thought about (deflating the ball), sure.”
The former San Francisco 49er (and Kansas City Chief, for what it’s worth) said he thought the Deflategate scandal was “funny.” From the Tribune:
“Everybody is trying to do something different,” Montana said. “Our offensive linemen used to spray silicone on their shirts until they got caught. Once you get caught, you get caught. Period. It doesn’t take anything away from Tom’s game. But how long has he been doing it? I don’t know.”
“It is one of those things that is a rule, right?” Montana said. “It might be a dumb rule, but it doesn’t matter. He didn’t deflate them himself, but you can pick up the ball and can tell if it is under inflated, over inflated or what you like. Everybody is afraid to say it, but if the guy did it, so what. Just pay up and move on. It’s no big deal.”
Montana added that he thought Brady was a great quarterback with a great career. For the Patriots’ quarterback, who grew up in Bay Area idolizing Montana, it must have been nice to hear the words of support.
In January, Montana was one of a few former and current high-profile quarterbacks that said he thought Brady asked for footballs to be deflated.
Brady is appealing his four-game suspension for his involvement in the Deflategate scandal, which will be heard June 23.