If you thought the year 2020 could get any weirder, it just has: ESPN’s Max Kellerman, long-standing critic of the greatest quarterback of all time, has finally admitted defeat and that he was wrong about Tom Brady. On Monday, Kellerman praised Brady’s play with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and that he has defied the odds before saying a simple phrase to end a war that he had waged for over four years.
“I was wrong. Tom Brady never fell off a cliff.”
Kellerman’s stance about Brady was introduced to the world in July 2016, when he said that the future Hall of Famer was “just about done” coming off a loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game. What followed spoke for itself: Brady led the New England Patriots to three straight Super Bowls, winning a championship in both 2016 and 2018, while also being named the league’s most valuable player after the 2017 season.
Along the way, however, Kellerman continued to double down on his takes about the legendary quarterback. While last year’s up-and-down campaign could have been his “wrong clock being right twice a day” moment, the dam has now broken: Brady has shown Kellerman enough to finally give in and walk back his cliff-related talk.
It’s not hard to see why he now reversed course given that the 43-year-old has completed 65.7 percent of his passes this season for 1,910 yards as well as 18 touchdowns and only four interceptions. Despite the change of scenery, Brady continues to play at an MVP level while leading the Buccaneers to a 5-2 record.