Tampa Bay Buccaneers superstar quarterback Tom Brady is a seven-time champion after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55. The greatest quarterback in NFL history captured his fifth Super Bowl MVP and officially closed ESPN’s Max Kellerman’s football intelligence casket.
For those who aren’t aware, Kellerman has been wrong about Brady since July of 2016. In typical GOAT fashion, Brady didn’t even have to acknowledge the ESPN pundit to silence him for good.
Max Kellerman said Tom Brady was “just about done” in 2016
Before the 2016 NFL season, Max Kellerman said Tom Brady was “just about done” on an episode of “First Take.” The veteran sports pundit confidently stated that the former MVP would fall off a cliff for the New England Patriots.
As expected, Stephen A. Smith ripped Kellerman for his bold take. Brady, who started only 12 games in 2016 after serving a four-game Deflategate suspension imposed by the NFL, threw for 3,554 yards and tossed 28 touchdowns.
Kellerman didn’t look smart at the time since Brady not only put up elite numbers but led the Patriots to a 28-3 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl.
The following season, Brady once again made Kellerman look foolish. He racked up 4,577 passing yards and threw 32 touchdowns. The Patriots went 13-3 in the regular season and won the AFC. However, Brady and Co. lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.
In the 2018 season, Brady threw for 4,355 yards and 29 touchdowns. He led the Patriots to the Super Bowl again, and New England defeated the LA Rams.
However, Kellerman still stood behind his Brady take since the former Michigan star struggled against the Rams in the Super Bowl. While Brady played well during the 2019 regular season, he was awful in the 2020 Wild Card Round versus the Tennessee Titans, a game the Patriots lost at home.
When Tom Brady left the Patriots to sign with the Buccaneers in free agency, Max Kellerman didn’t expect the California native to have much of an impact on Tampa Bay. Boy, was he wrong.
Tom Brady threw 40 touchdowns in 2020 and won his seventh Super Bowl
Tom Brady threw 40 touchdowns in his first season with the Buccaneers and defeated Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes in the playoffs to capture his seventh championship. The 43-year-old has won three Super Bowls since Max Kellerman said he was finished on “First Take.”
Kellerman is a smart guy. You don’t make it to ESPN without being astute. However, he needs to apologize for his Brady slander. Not only has the QB won three Super Bowls since Kellerman’s comments, but Brady has put up spectacular numbers and defeated father time.
Against the Washington Football Team, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, and Chiefs, Brady threw 10 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He passed for 1,061 yards while completing 58.7% of his passes.
Tom Brady and Max Kellerman will likely never cross paths. If they do, though, the ESPN personality will either put his head down or apologize for his comments.
Can TB12 win 10 Super Bowls?
Tom Brady needs to win three more Super Bowls to get to 10 rings. It seems impossible since the QB is 43.
However, if you would have told someone that Brady would get his seventh title at age 43, they would have probably laughed at you. One thing we know about Brady is that you can never doubt him. NFL fans will be tuned in to see if he can win 10 Super Bowls.
Stats courtesy of Football Reference.