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Brett Favre: Tom Brady isn’t ‘most talented’ QB, but has ‘that it factor’

Tom Brady just led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a championship in his first season with the team courtesy of a dominant win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

Among those offering their reactions to Sunday’s game was Brett Favre. The Hall of Famer believes Brady deserves a lot of credit for getting the Bucs over the hump, saying the seven-time Super Bowl champ still has “that it factor” at 43 years old.

However, the Hall of Fame gunslinger, who has a penchant for coming off half-cocked while shooting from the hip during interviews, offered up a provocative take on Brady in the wake of the Bucs’ triumph. Some might even call it a backhanded compliment. What else could one say about Favre opining that Brady is not one of the most talented quarterbacks of all time?

“I’m speechless,” Favre said in SiriusXM NFL Radio this week, via WEEI.com. “It’s never happened, obviously, in our game. And there’s no question that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a very, very good team and you know, no disrespect to any of the other players, but the missing piece to that puzzle was Tom Brady. Now, if you’d have plugged in a different quarterback of his stature, you know, (Drew) Brees, you know, (Aaron) Rodgers, would that magical season still have happened? I don’t know.”

“… You know, is he the most talented quarterback? I don’t think anyone would say that, but he’s got that it factor that you hear people talk about. He just, he makes everyone around him so much better. His competitive nature is as good now as it’s ever been. I’ve said that all season long, that’s one of the things that sets him apart.”

Favre is not the first person to suggest that Brady lacks the true quarterbacking skills of say, a Patrick Mahomes or Aaron Rodgers.

That said, even Favre cannot deny that Brady, now a five-time Super Bowl MVP, possesses unquestioned intangibles, knowledge and savvy — not to mention experience, winning mentality and unparalleled competitiveness — and those traits have obviously served him well over his two-decade-plus career. What’s more, the case can be made those qualities more than compensate for any shortcomings Brady may have when it comes to athleticism, big-arm strength and the like.

Still, for Favre to choose to point out how Brady is not the most talented quarterback ever to play the game? Well, that’s just Favre being Favre.

The Buccaneers, on the other hand, clearly have a much more flattering opinion of a quarterback who has been long hailed as the GOAT by a wide swath of analysts, insiders and fans.