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Tom Brady Talks Joe Montana's Super Bowl Legacy


San Francisco has made six trips: in 1982 and '89 vs. Cincinnati, '85 vs. Miami, '90 vs. Denver, '95 vs. San Diego and 2013 vs. Baltimore.

Tuesday's Niners Daily looks at the recent comments from the New England Patriots quarterback on his chance to join an elite fraternity in the National Football League.*

Game recognize game.

Tom Brady idolized Joe Montana growing up in San Mateo, Calif. Now, Brady has a chance to join the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback as the third signal-caller with four Super Bowl titles in league history.

When the Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz., Brady will set a league record by making his sixth Super Bowl start. Brady is currently 3-2 in the biggest game in all of professional sports.

In his first of many media obligations this week, Brady was asked on Monday what it would mean to join Montana and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw in the esteemed group of starting quarterbacks with four Super Bowl wins.

"To have an opportunity to play in this game is really unbelievable," Brady said. "I never thought I'd have the experience to play in one of these. To think that it's my sixth time, I can't imagine that was ever …  I didn't think I'd ever play anything professionally. Certainly to make it to the Super Bowl is a pretty amazing experience. Six times is very, very special."

Brady continued to elaborate on the rare company he could join by Sunday night, specifically the thought on being on the same level of Montana, San Francisco's legendary figurehead for four Super Bowls in the 1980s.

"It's flattering anytime you're mentioned with great players and guys I idolized growing up," Brady said. "I don't ever see myself on that level. I can be a pretty tough critic on myself. I respect all the guys who played this game before me. I understand how challenging it is to play the position. There are a lot of guys who do it at a high level currently. There's a lot of guys that have done it at a really high level in the past. I have a lot of respect for those guys and what they were able to accomplish."

Fow now, it's safe to say that Brady's mindset is all about winning one more Super Bowl, not winning his fourth of a remarkable NFL career.

"Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana won four," Brady said. "A couple guys have won three. Troy Aikman won three. It's tough to do every year. Everyone starts at the bottom. Everyone is trying to claw their way to the top. There is a lot of attrition that sets in. It's a tough challenge. It's a tough journey. To be one of the last two teams standing is a great accomplishment. Only one of the two teams now is going to feel good at this time next week. I hope we're that team."

Joe Montana was a perfect 4-0 in the Super Bowl. His stats are something to marvel at, too.

He completed 83 of 122 passes for 1,142 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. Montana posted a 127.8 quarterback rating and also rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

For those who are more inclined to learn from visual cues, we've posted all four highlight packages of Montana's Super Bowl conquests.

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