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TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said the fan who was kind enough to give back his 600th career touchdown ball that was thrown into the stands is going to “get something nice in return.”
Brady, wide receiver Mike Evans and the Bucs are all making good on that promise.
“I got the ball back,” Brady joked with Peyton and Eli Manning during his appearance on ESPN’s Monday Night Football simulcast.
Fan who got 600 ball
And I also like how Kennedy said on Monday that he’d really like to play a round of golf with Brady, too, which is something the QB should make happen.
It’s easy to look at this whole thing and rip a random fan for not making a ton of money from this situation. $500K would be a really good thing to have and I totally get those who think he should have held out for more.
But I dunno, I think he ended up with a nice little haul just for handing over a football.
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Fan who got 600 touchdown ball
At first you don’t know the significance of the ball – heck, even Evans didn’t know the significance of the ball! – and you’re just stunned that you got a ball. I’m sure the team probably made an announcement about it being the 600th TD pass of Brady’s career but when you’re there, inside the stadium, things are moving quickly for you and you might not understand what was really placed in your hands.
Moments after that some guy from the team is telling you the Tom Brady really wants that ball back and you’ve never been in this situation and don’t really know what to do so you, after saying no a few times (as Kennedy did), end up handing the ball over so the Tom Brady can have it. Your head has to be spinning at that point because stuff like this just doesn’t happen to random fans all the time.
I get it, I do.
Chicago Bears on Sunday when he became part of history. The 29-year-old Buccaneers fan was recording Tom Brady’shistoric 600th touchdown pass when Mike Evans — whose jersey was being worn by Kennedy — surprised Kennedy by giving him the ball.
According to CBS Sports lead field reporter Tracy Wolfson, Kennedy gave the ball back in exchange for at least another game ball as well as a signed jersey. On Monday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Kennedy will receive two signed jerseys and a helmet from Brady, a signed Evans jersey and his game cleats, a $1,000 credit at the Buccaneers’ team store, and two season passes for the remainder of this season as well as next season.
Postgame, Kennedy said that he was hesitant to give up the ball, which is estimated to be worth upwards of $500,000, according to Ken Goldin, the founder of Goldin Auctions.
Fan who got 600 ballack
There was a lot of negotiation in order to get the ball back.”
A team source told ESPN that Byron Kennedy, who was sitting in the end zone when Evans tossed the record-breaking ball into the stands, will receive two signed Brady jerseys, a helmet, another jersey autographed by Evans and Evans’ game-worn cleats.
Brady told the Mannings that he also promised Kennedy that he’d receive one Bitcoin, which had a value of more than $62,000 as of Tuesday morning.
The team is also providing a pair of season tickets to Kennedy for the remainder of 2021, all of 2022 and a $1,000 credit to the official team store.
Evans had not realized that it was Brady’s 600th career touchdown — making Brady the first quarterback in NFL history to reach that mark — until coach Bruce Arians told him.
Fan who got 600 ballad
Brady, who had the ball in his possession during his postgame press conference, said that Kennedy was “going to get something nice in return, so we’ll get him a helmet or a couple of jerseys or some other stuff. It was really cool of him to do that.” As stated above, that is indeed what happened.
Kennedy, despite relinquishing a half-million dollar football, is happy that the ball is back in the possession of its rightful owner.
He also was able to take several photos of himself with the record-setting ball before giving it back to the Buccaneers.
Fan who got 600 balls
How much could Kennedy have sold the ball for? He was almost certainly looking at something in the six figure range. One auction leader estimated the ball could have pulled in $600K on the open market.
Fan gets Tom Brady’s 600th TD ball after Mike Evans handed it to him not realizing what it was.
The Bucs staff came over to ask for it back and fan complied.
Just spoke with @KenGoldin of @GoldinAuctions. Said the ball is worth $500,000 at minimum.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 24, 2021
Brady was asked about getting the ball back in the post-game press conference after the Bucs went on to win a rout, 38-3, over the Bears.
Brady said he doesn’t keep too many things from games, but he wanted to keep this touchdown ball.
Byron Kennedy put on his Mike Evans jersey and headed to Raymond James Stadium to take his front row seat for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. At the time, the 29-year-old Bucs fan had no idea was going was going to be handed an incredibly valuable piece of sports memorabilia before willingly deciding to give it up.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady entered the game against the Bears with an NFL record 598 touchdowns. With two touchdown tosses, Brady would become the first player in NFL history to throw 600 TDs.
After throwing his first touchdown to Chris Godwin minutes earlier, Brady put himself in position to hit the round number as the Bucs capitalized on a Chicago fumble near the end of the first quarter.
On 3rd-and-7 from the 9-yard line, Brady dropped back to pass and hit Evans for the TD. Evans apparently didn’t realize this was touchdown No.
Mike Evans accidently gave Tom Brady’s 600 TD game ball to a fan and they worked the entire break to try to get it back from the fan.
Tony Romo suggested they’ll give the fan a date with Gisele 🤣🤣pic.twitter.com/oIYu1xmcdu
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 24, 2021
Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan Byron Kennedy was a popular man on Sunday. Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans accidentally gave Kennedy one of the balls he caught for a touchdown on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium against the Chicago Bears, but this one had extra value.
Kennedy received the ball from Brady’s 600th career passing touchdown and the team quickly worked to get it back.
During the broadcast, CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson said the team was going to give Kennedy a different ball and a signed jersey.
But according to Darren Rovell, Kennedy got a lot more including a signed helmet, cleats, season tickets, and signed jerseys from Brady and Evans.
There were reports that the ball could have fetched $500,000 at an open auction.
JUST IN: The deal has been made with the Bucs fan who gave up the Brady ball.
He will receive:
2 signed jerseys + a helmet from Tom.
A signed Mike Evans jersey + his game cleats.
A $1K credit at the Bucs team store.
2 season tickets for the remainder of this season + next
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 25, 2021
That is actually quite the haul, but would you have made the deal?
Sure, the $1,000 credit to the Buccaneers team store is a bit week, but at least he can get some new gear when he shows up next year to sit in his season ticket seats.