Byron Kennedy is now receiving even more than he thought he would be getting for giving away Tom Brady’s 600th ball.
Tom Brady threw his 600th career touchdown pass while leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 38-3 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, but Mike Evans did not realize the significance of the ball and gave it to a fan. Kennedy was that fan, and the Buccaneers had to do some negotiating to get it back:
Kennedy revealed he received a $1,000 gift card to the Buccaneers team store and is “hoping” to play golf with Brady at some point. It was actually so much more as we learned on Monday evening, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times:
Since Sunday’s game, Kennedy been talked about on national media and his phone has been blowing up. Sports radio announcers are talking about his decision and sports memorabilia experts are debating over how much he truly gave away.
One auction leader estimated the ball could have pulled in $600K on the open market.
Brady said he doesn’t keep too many things from games, but he wanted to keep this touchdown ball. He said he’d give Kennedy “something nice in return.”
“I knew how much it meant to Tom,” said Kennedy, who was given a different ball after handing over the historic one, “and I was willing to trade.”
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