|Carson Palmer (left, as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals) and Ben Roethlisberger (right). AP Photo|
Tom Brady has been the subject of praise and vitriol many times throughout his career. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is the latest in a really long list of NFL players, fans and media members to criticize Brady.
Palmer, in a conference call with the New England media earlier this week, basically said he feels no sympathy for Brady or the Patriots in the aftermath of Deflategate.
"I tried not to follow it just because it was everywhere for so long, Palmer said, via CSNNE.com. "But I go back and ... you follow what the rule book says and go about your business and your work and if they tell you not to do it and you get busted and what happens happens then you suffer the consequences."
"Whatever the league comes down upon and whatever ruling they make is what they make," Palmer said. "You don't have much of a decision after that and you can fight it for a little bit but after a while, you just gotta abide by what they say."
If the Patriots were looking for any sort of bulletin board material to get them fired up for Sunday night, they may have just gotten it. What sounds really off here is that Palmer said he didn't pay much attention to the scandal, yet he has an opinion on it. In any case, it seems Palmer won't be missing Brady when the Pats and Cardinals take the field in a couple days.
On the flip side, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had high praise for Brady. Roethlisberger, who will likely be in the Hall of Fame with Brady someday, called the Patriots quarterback the best ever, and dammit he meant it!
"Tom's the greatest in the world, and I mean that," Roethlisberger said.
Roethlisberger's remarks regarding Brady came after former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw boisterously proclaimed that Big Ben is the best quarterback in the NFL right now.
Of course, it's cool if Roethlisberger thinks he is, but his humbleness is refreshing. Big Ben is an excellent quarterback in his own right and should be considered one of the 10, if not five best quarterbacks in the NFL. Roethlisberger and Brady have gone head to head many times and will do so again this season in Pittsburgh.
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