Joe was on ESPN's "First Take" to promote the new Madden 13 game when the round table discussion inevitably came around to co-host Skip Bayless asking the four-time Super Bowl winner which rookie he would pick to have more long-term success as an NFL quarterback — Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III.
Montana tried to dodge the question before a nagging Bayless said, "Close your eyes and pick."
The former San Francisco 49ers great shook his head and finally answered, "Luck. Because he's more of a pro-style guy."
Joe Cool also said RG3 has a lot of upside, but warned him that a quarterback "learns how to slide."
"Guys like RG3 start running and get hit," said Montana. "He's a big guy, dang, [but] you can't take a hit like a fullback."
The Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins met over the weekend, in what was called just another preseason game, but was really a showcase for the top two quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft. Both signal-callers lived up to the hype and played to a virtual tie — even though the Redskins won the game 30-17.
Griffin III finished going 11-for-17 for 74 yards and a TD while Luck — the man he will be compared to for the next decade or so — completed 14 of 23 throws for 151 yards and a TD.
It's easy to see why Montana hemmed-and-hawed when he was put on the spot. It looks like both players could be headed for long and successful NFL careers.