Opinions have been mixed regarding the NFL's decision to suspend New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, and future Hall of Fame signal-caller Brett Favre is among those who are siding with the four-time Super Bowl champion.
In an interview Tuesday with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News, the Green Bay Packers legend made it clear he didn't believe Brady's actions constituted cheating, according to Chris Chase of USA Today:
I don't think by any stretch, in my opinion, that Tom was cheating. It sounds crazy. Historically, there's been stealing of signs—and that goes to baseball and football. Just whatever advantage you could get. Lester Hayes putting Stickum on his arms for the (Oakland) Raiders. Pine tar. It's just endless, the advantages that players would try to get.
I don't know if Tom can honestly say he has completed more passes because of it. I think more than anything, it helped with the grip based on conditions. Not every game. And would other players do it? Sure, I have no reason to think otherwise.
People view Favre as one of the toughest and most competitive players of all time, so his comments on the topic of fair play certainly carry some weight.
The fact that what Brady allegedly had a hand in doing doesn't offend Favre at all suggests that he believes deflating a football will not yield a significant advantage.
Few players showed a greater will to win over the course of their careers than No. 4, and Favre seems to think Deflategate is more akin to that than cheating.
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