Steelers Ryan Clark shows respect to Patriots Tom Brady

Andy Lyons

After his insightful analysis of the Patriots weakness on offense, the veteran Steelers safety continues his media tour with more Brady talk.

Evidently, Ryan Clark decided it was time to begin some damage control over his brilliant analysis of Tom Brady, Danny Amendola and the New England Patriots; although he may be over-doing it just a bit.

Clark once again joined ESPN, and this time he was asked who the toughest quarterback in the league was to defend. Clark showed little hesitation, and possibly even a bit of premeditation.

"I have to go with the greatest living American, and that’s Tom Brady."

While some would wonder why Clark neglected to name his teammate Ben Roethlisberger, much like he did in a similar situation by naming Troy Polamalu as the third-best safety in the league; but more intriguing is Clark's sudden surge of respect for Mr. Brady.

Maybe calling him the Greatest American Hero is one thing, but greatest living American?

Perhaps Clark was sarcastically responding to the minute backlash which resulted from his comments about Amendola's fragility and Brady's supernatural problems, or maybe his team disagreed with talking about opponents prior to the season. Either way, Clark's voice is picking up a particularly circular tone; although the rest of his new commentary is just as accurate as his previous declarations.

"I have to go with the greatest living American, and that’s Tom Brady." -Ryan Clark

"You know, I said what I said, and I do believe it, and it’s true. But when this guy has the opportunity to set up and throw the ball to his receivers, there’s nobody better at pinpointing guys out and making plays for his team."

While statistics prove the accuracy of Clark's analysis on all counts, the fact he felt he needed to go out of his way to pay homage to Brady shows even Clark recognized the error in his efforts.

I mean seriously? Greatest living American?

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