Tom Brady on Sunday became the first quarterback ever to have 600 touchdown passes in a career. But while it earned the Buccaneers six points, it cost one fan $749,000.
Byron Kennedy scored some great seats to watch the Bucs wallop the Bears Sunday. The 29-year-old and a friend were in the front row behind one of the end zones. A perfect spot, as the Bucs spent most of the day in one endzone or the other.
Kennedy wore his lucky Mike Evans jersey. After snagging the 9-yard touchdown that was Brady’s 600th, Evans spotted Kennedy in the stands a handed him the ball.
“I was taking a video, and I switched it to my face, and then I went to switch it back to facing (the field), and when I did that, Mike Evans was running at me,” Kennedy told the St. Petersburg Times. “Right when I looked down, he jumped up and gave me a hug and handed me the ball.”
Evans admitted on Twitter that he didn’t realize how important that football was in the moment. But Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians did.
“I said, ‘You’re going to have to go give that guy two jerseys to get that ball back,’” Arians said after the 38-3 win. “It was like, ‘Either give him two of Tom’s (jerseys), but you need to get that ball back for him.’”
The Athletic’s Greg Auman said the Bucs gave Kennedy a replacement football and a $1,000 gift card to the team store for the historic one. Not bad, right? Well, it’s a pretty lopsided trade. Sports memorabilia experts say that football could have sold at auction for as much as $750,000, Yahoo reported.
Though Kennedy wasn’t upset over his decision.
“I knew how much it meant to Tom,” he said, “and I was willing to trade.”
Tom Brady Makes Fan’s Dream Come True
Despite throwing a record-setting touchdown leading the Bucs to a 6-1 record, Tom Brady‘s best play Sunday happened away from the field.
Noah Reed, 9, turned up to the game with a homemade sign that read “Tom Brady helped me beat brain cancer.”
Brady saw the sign with less than a minute left in the game and went over to speak to Noah. Cameras didn’t pick up what they said, but Brady handed the 9-year-old his hat. The gesture made Noah burst into tears. Brady said after the game that the interaction meant a lot to him as well.
“Obviously, tough kid, man. Puts a lot in perspective with what we’re doing on the field; in the end it doesn’t mean much compared to what so many go through,” Tom Brady said. “We all try to make a difference in different ways, and I think so many guys commit times to their foundations and to doing good things for the world. And the NFL does a lot of great things, so it’s just nice to – I always think, you know, do the best that you can do, under any circumstance. It was nice to see.”