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.
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Goldin said the ball’s worth could “easily” go for $900,000 when comparing it to how much 500 home run baseballs fetch on the open market. Given Brady is the only person to throw 600 touchdowns, whereas there are 28 members of the 500 home run club in the universe, that puts Brady’s ball in a stratosphere all to itself.
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.
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Brady said the fan would “get something nice in return” for giving back the ball. According to the team, that haul includes two signed Brady jerseys, a helmet, a jersey autographed by Evans and Evans’ game-worn cleats. The team is also providing Kennedy with two season tickets for the remainder of the 2021 season and all of the 2022 season, plus a $1,000 credit to the team store.
Brady told Peyton and Eli Manning on ESPN’s Monday Night Football simulcast that he would give Kennedy a Bitcoin, which is currently valued at $60,922.
“I got the ball back,” Brady told the Mannings.
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I just got lucky and happened to be there at the right time.”
According to multiple reports, the ball is worth an estimated $500,000, which Kennedy definitely didn’t know at the time.
“I was just so happy to get a touchdown ball from Mike Evans,” Kennedy said. “I had no idea how significant it actually was.”
In exchange for the ball, the Buccaneers made a pretty generous offer that Kennedy accepted and that offer included the following:
- Two signed jerseys plus a helmet from Brady.
- A signed Mike Evans jersey plus the cleats Evans wore in the game.
- A $1,000 gift card to the Buccaneers team store.
- Buccaneers season-tickets for the rest of 2021 and all of 2022.
Brady also threw in one Bitcoin for Kennedy, which is currently worth roughly $62,000.
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After nearly 24 hours of haggling, it seems that Tom Brady and Buccaneers super fan Byron Kennedy have finally agreed to a deal for the football from Brady’s 600th career touchdown pass. However, it’s still not clear if Kennedy will get the one thing he wants most out of the deal: A round of golf with the seven-time Super Bowl champion.
Kennedy ended up with the milestone football because Mike Evans gave it to him after catching Brady’s 600th career touchdown pass during the first quarter of Tampa Bay’s 38-3 win over the Bears. The Buccaneers fan actually filmed Brady’s pass as it happened and it appears Evans decided to give him the ball because Kennedy was wearing an Evans jersey.
Since the game was a blowout, the only drama the Buccaneers had to deal with on Sunday was whether they would be able to get the ball back from Kennedy.
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Another week, another NFL milestone for Tom Brady. And, thanks to a generous fan, Brady and the Buccaneers have the record-setting ball in their possession. With six seconds left in the first quarter of Tampa Bay’s home game against the Bears, Brady threw his 600th career touchdown pass, a 9-yard strike to Mike Evans. Brady is the only quarterback in league history to reach the milestone.
Evans, perhaps unaware of the historical significance behind the touchdown pass, gave the ball to a fan who was sitting in the front row of the end zone.
The fan agreed to give the ball back to the Buccaneers in exchange for another game ball as well as a signed jersey, according to CBS Sports lead field reporter Tracy Wolfson.
Brady entered the game with 598 career touchdown passes.
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Brady puts the throw to his back shoulder for the touchdown, number 599 of his storied career.
Then, following a Justin Fields fumble, Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were gifted a short field situation. The living legend, likely sensing history, came through once more:
6️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ for @TomBrady. #GoBucs
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— NFL (@NFL) October 24, 2021
Brady drills in a throw to Mike Evans in traffic, and his big receiver hangs on after taking a shot for the throw, and the history.
The league marked Brady’s accomplishment on social media:
The first QB EVER with 600 career TD passes.
He’s accomplished so much he probably can’t remember all of his firsts and most-evers, but the first player in league history to throw 600 touchdowns is significant.
A team official hurried over to the fan and negotiated with him to have the ball returned.
“It was pretty funny,” Brady told CBS’ Tracy Wolfson after the game. “He was like, ‘Man I’m sorry, do you want it back?’ but I was like, ‘They’re probably going to get it anyway.’ Mike does so many great things in the community. I know we got that one back; that was one I wanted to have.”
Unsurprisingly, Brady deferred to his dozens of teammates when Wolfson asked about hitting No. 600.
“I believe i’m just very lucky to play with so many great players and teammates over the years; I just try to do my job as best I can,” he said. “I have amazing people on the receiving end of those over 22 seasons.
Veteran quarterback Tom Brady entered play on Sunday just two touchdown passes shy of an NFL first: 600 career touchdown passes.
He reached that mark with a pair of touchdown passes in the first quarter, becoming the first player in league history to reach that milestone.
Brady’s first came on a short connection with Chris Godwin, on a beautifully-designed play that isolated the receiver on a linebacker in coverage:
Touchdown pass No. 599 for @TomBrady! 🐐 @CGtwelve_#GoBucs
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— NFL (@NFL) October 24, 2021
Godwin starts inside on a slant route, before breaking vertically and away from the linebacker who is playing with inside leverage.
Although that’s a solid package, there is one more thing that Kennedy is hoping to get out of the deal.
“Maybe play a round of golf with Tom as a repayment,” Kennedy said. “That would be pretty cool.”
Even though the round of golf wasn’t mentioned as part of the package that Kennedy eventually got for the ball, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. It’s possible Brady could make some time to play a round with him at some point during the offseason. Of course, even if that doesn’t happen, Kennedy definitely scored a solid return in exchange for the football.
One other thing: Kennedy doesn’t regret giving the ball back even though it’s worth half a million dollars.
The 29-year-old said he wasn’t planning to sell it no matter how much it was worth.