New England Patriots have had to endure an offseason of criticism after arguably their greatest moment.
The Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl title in February when they defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 thanks to a dramatic late interception by Malcolm Butler.
The title became not only the Patriots' fourth Super Bowl success, but quarterback Tom Brady's as well. However, Brady has not been allowed to enjoy the triumph as much as he would have liked.
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This is because of the deflategate saga, which began two weeks prior during the Patriots' 45-7 defeat of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.
Brady was accused post-game of ordering New England staff to deflate balls during the game, and the quarterback was subsequently banned for four games by the NFL after an investigation was conducted into the matter.
In the last few months we have seen plenty of debate about how much of an impact deflating balls actually makes. Many experts and former players view Brady as a cheat, but legendary signal caller Joe Montana see things very differently.
“Everybody is trying to do something different,” the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback 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.”
These comments from Montana may surprise a few people but they shouldn't. Players have bended the rules for decades, and Brady's alleged tampering shouldn't taint his accomplishments.