The Super hero

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First there was the TV goofball who showed up to Super Bowl media day wearing a mask, a cape and a change-in-a-phone-booth outfit.

"You a Super hero?" Tom Brady asked, choosing to engage him before the guy had a chance to make his scene.

Then there was the guy from a gay TV outfit who asked Brady about being so good-looking. He managed to have some fun with that without sounding the least bit homophobic.

Then there was another guy who interrupted questions to present the New England Patriots quarterback with a bogus award.

"Is this an inaugural award?" Brady asked, picking off the plot off before it was launched. Informed that it was, he put it in front of him, saying tongue-in-cheek that it was obviously an important inaugural award deserving of a place of prominence.

KINDA FUN

About 15 seconds later they were gone to the next guy and Brady took it away and placed it on the floor beside him.

Media day at the Super Bowl is the stupidest day in sport, but it can be kind of fun when you find a guy who has been there before and shows up to have fun with it.

That was Tom Brady yesterday as the young pro handled the surreal scene like an old pro - which in Super Bowl terms, having been here three of the last four years, he most certainly is.

Brady sat in his elevated seat at quote serving station No. 4, in front of a microphone, flanked by his own personal set of speakers and surrounded by a mob of media backed by a three-row set of temporary bleachers designated for the cameramen to stand on. Yet he somehow managed to make it feel like he was chatting to a few folks at a country picnic.

He's a Super study, the QB who was MVP of the last one after also winning his first.

When the loony tunes went away, Brady was being interviewed as if he were two different people.

Some were asking him about being the underrated quarterback who never gets mentioned in the same breath as Peyton Manning. Others were asking about the guy who is suddenly, after getting to this game again, being compared to Joe Montana and a host of hall of famers.

"I grew up with posters and football cards of Joe Montana," he said.

He laughed about the first time he saw him play. "My dad took me to Candlestick Park and I cried all of the first half because he wouldn't buy me one of those foam 'No. 1' fingers," said the Bay Area native.

To go almost overnight from being no Payton Manning to being Joe Montana is a jump he isn't ready to handle.

THE BEST OF ALL TIME

"I liked him because I thought he was not only a great quarterback but a very nice person. At the same time, I built him up in my mind. When I met him, he seemed like just a normal guy. That's why I liked him so much. But compare me to him? He was the best of all time."

Brady said people don't seem to understand that he has trouble with putting anything into perspective when it comes to the big picture.

"There are a lot of great quarterbacks in history. Maybe one day I'll be on that list. I'm not right now.

"I was a backup quarterback in high school with a 0-8 team. I couldn't crack it as starting quarterback of a team that couldn't win a game. I was drafted in the sixth round."

When you have that background, he said, it's hard to stand here saying, "Oh, I'm great now." Maybe someday. Some might say, if he wins his third Super Bowl in four years, maybe Sunday.

Then maybe he'll have to get his own mask, cape and change-in-a-phone-booth Super hero outfit.


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