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Max Kellerman joked about his infamous 2016 prediction that Tom Brady would ‘fall off a cliff’

Kellerman admitted that Brady has had a "Hall of Fame career" since 2016 alone.

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Tom Brady after the Buccaneers win over the Bears. AP Photo/Jason Behnken

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Max Kellerman and the Brady “cliff” theory, revisited: In 2016, ESPN commentator Max Kellerman made a bold prediction.

“Tom Brady’s just about done,” Kellerman said a “First Take” segment. “It could be his next game, it could be a year from now, but he is going to fall off a cliff. Tom Brady is going to be a bum in short order.”

Of course, Brady and the Patriots went on to not only win the Super Bowl that season, but would play in two more after that. And following his departure from the Patriots in 2020, Brady led the Buccaneers to the seventh Super Bowl win of his career.

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Needless to say, Kellerman’s take has not been forgotten.

On Monday, he was asked about his infamous prediction.

“That was in 2016 I gave him 18 more months before he fell ‘off the cliff,'” Kellerman recalled.

“Since I made that prediction, [Brady’s had] a full Hall of Fame career,” Kellerman joked.

While acknowledging that he was wildly wrong about Brady, Kellerman explained his methodology. Prior to Brady’s recent success, Kellerman pointed out that quarterbacks declined rapidly once they turned 41.

“I said the same thing about Peyton [Manning]. I said the same thing about [Brett] Favre at the time,” Kellerman noted.

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