Boomer Esiason once lost a Super Bowl to Joe Montana. He shares the CBS “NFL Today’’ studio set each fall Sunday with Dan Marino, arguably the greatest pure passer in league history. He was a contemporary of John Elway’s and Brett Favre’s, and his 14-year career ended the year before Peyton Manning’s began.
Esiason appreciates NFL history. He has been a part of a little and witnessed a lot. So there is genuine weight to his opinion when he reiterates who he believes is the greatest player ever at the position he once played.
“I said it last year on our broadcast when they were getting ready to play the Ravens in the AFC Championship game that I thought Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback who has ever played,’’ said Esiason. “Now, that’s lofty status and there have been a lot of great quarterbacks, but I do believe he probably has done more with less than a lot of other quarterbacks.
“You watch him this year. You watch him with the running backs they have and when they get [Rob] Gronkowski back, a good offensive line, he will make very, very good football players out of the young corps [of receivers].
“I still think he’s on par for a big season. I don’t know if they’re good enough to unseat Houston or Denver if everybody stays healthy, but I think we’re going to see his greatness come through again this year. He will make these young players much better.”
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