A future Hall of Fame quarterback and a current one addressed on Wednesday the NFL’s strict punishment of New England Patriots signal-caller Tom Brady.
“I think the integrity of the game is No. 1,” John Elway told the Associated Press. “So, I support the commissioner 100 percent.”
The NFL suspended Tom Brady for four games, and took a $1 million from the New England Patriots and two draft picks, as a result of the “more probable than not” verdict of guilt by Ted Wells, a lawyer the NFL hires to investigate controversial matters, in the Deflategate scandal.
“I knew that Tom Brady was going to be playing in Week 12,” the Broncos GM said. “So, other than that, I wasn’t too concerned about it.”
Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre took the side of the quarterback over the league in a phoned-in On the Record with Greta Van Sustern appearance.
Favre characterized the allegations as “laughable” but noted that they strangely attained gravitas despite a pending Super Bowl. The NFL’s all-time leading passer said that he “absolutely” can feel differences in air pressure in footballs. He singled out the part of the NFL’s punishment that takes draft picks, including a first-round selection. He held, “That will really hurt.”
Favre, whose jersey gets retired by the Packers this summer, maintained: “I don’t think by any stretch Tom was cheating.”