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Joe Montana finds Deflategate ‘funny’

06.06.15 at 12:57 pm ET
Joe Montana weighed in on Deflategate. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Joe Montana weighed in on Deflategate. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana doesn’t think Deflategate is that big a deal.

Asked about the allegations that Tom Brady and the Patriots deliberately under inflated footballs prior to their AFC title win over the Colts, Montana said the whole thing strikes him as “funny.”

He said: “I wish I’d known (it could make a difference) because I couldn’t throw a wet ball to save my life. Heck, I would’ve thought about (deflating the ball), sure.”

Montana, who called Brady a great quarterback who has had a great career, said this “doesn’t take anything away from Tom’s game,” and added that everybody is trying to gain a competitive edge.

“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 underinflated, overinflated 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.”

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