Byron Kennedy did not expect to be going viral for simply giving a touchdown ball back this week, but that’s exactly what happened when the nice guy was given the 600th TD pass in Tom Brady’s by Mike Evans, who had no clue about the significance of the touchdown.
A Bucs staffer quickly went over to get that ball after working out a deal. We now know what he got. According to Greg Auman of the The Athletic, Kennedy received another game ball and a $1,000 gift card to the Buccaneers’ team shop.
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.
The sports memorabilia market is hot right now, so he gave back a very expensive ball. One auction leader estimated the ball could have pulled in $600K on the open market.
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.
He said he’d give Kennedy “something nice in return.”
Kennedy is a better man than a lot of people who likely would’ve ran out of the stadium, got into their car, and did not make contact with any humans other than somebody from an auction.