People Sound Off After Learning Brady’s 600th TD Ball Returned by Fan Could Be Worth $500K

After catching Tom Brady's 600th career touchdown pass, Mike Evans accidentally gave the ball to a fan, who was then asked by a Bucs staffer to give it back.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Tom Brady

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Tom Brady

Tom Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 600 career touchdown passes on Sunday, after the seven-time Super Bowl Champion threw a nine-yard strike to Mike Evans late in the first quarter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 38-3 win over the Chicago Bears.

During his celebration, Evans, who was seemingly unaware of the milestone TD, gave the ball to a fan who was sitting in the front row of the end zone. A short while later, a Bucs staffer approached the fan, 29-year-old Byron Kennedy, in an attempt to get the ball back. 

Kennedy relented, returning the ball to Brady in exchange for a replacement game ball and a $1,000 gift card to the Bucs’ team store, per CBS Sports.

Mike Evans giving away Tom Brady's 600th TD pass is really something else; of course, the Bucs staff got that ball back for him.

— Zak (@CaramelPhd) October 24, 2021

The Bucs had to negotiate to get Brady’s 600th TD ball back from a fan 😂

— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) October 24, 2021

Of course, the ball would’ve been worth far more on the open market. Ken Goldin, the founder of Goldin Auctions, tweeted that the ball could have fetched about $500,000 at minimum. 

After catching @TomBrady’s 600th career touchdown, @MikeEvans13_ accidentally gave the ball to a fan.

Given how historic this ball is as the first 600th TD in NFL history, I’d estimate this ball to be worth a minimum of $500,000 (and possibly much more).

— Ken Goldin (@KenGoldin) October 24, 2021

“Given how historic this ball is as the first 600th TD in NFL history, I’d estimate this ball to be worth a minimum of $500,000 (and possibly much more),” he wrote.

After the game, Brady called Kennedy’s gesture “pretty cool.”

“He’s going to get something nice in return, so we’ll get him a helmet or a couple of jerseys or some other stuff,” Brady told reporters. “It was really cool of (Kennedy) to do that.”

Meanwhile, Kennedy, while speaking with NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano on Monday, offered up a different request: “Renegotiate, no, but play a round of golf as repayment? That’d be pretty cool,” he said.

Byron Kennedy did NOT want money from the @Buccaneers for that football. BUT, he tells me he does have one request. Can we make this happen, @TomBrady ??@nflnetwork

— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) October 25, 2021

Check out some of the best Twitter reactions to the fan who gave back Brady’s milestone TD ball.

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

EASILY $500,000
People saying no have zero clue about the memorabilia and trading card market. And it could easily go for $900,000 as,likely as it goes for $500K
Compare that to 500 HR balls in baseball that can sell for $250k + and been done 28 times. This is one of a kind and

— Ken Goldin (@KenGoldin) October 24, 2021

Me if I was that fan who caught Tom Brady’s 600th TD ball that was thrown in the stands:

— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) October 25, 2021

Nantz and Romo roasting the deal made by the Bucs fan who secured Brady’s 600th TD ball 😂😂

— Dunn and Drew (@DunnandDrew) October 24, 2021

Buddy’s friends when he got Brady’s 600th TD ball vs when he gave it back for a signed jersey

— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) October 24, 2021

If I was the fan who got @TomBrady’s 600th touchdown ball, I would have relayed this message to him:

- Meet meet me on the 9th green at 9
- $500K cash in a briefcase
- Has to wear all his Super Bowl rings
- Dress Nice

— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) October 25, 2021

Brady woulda had to pull up in the hood HIMSELF to negotiate gettin that ball from me. FOH.

— Freeze (@OfficiallyIce) October 25, 2021

I would’ve had Tom Brady’s 600th touchdown ball on StockX as soon as Mike Evans handed it to me.

— Colb (@___Colb___) October 24, 2021

.@TomBrady throws his 600th career TD pass... and Mike Evans gives the ball to a #Bucs fan 😲😲😲

The breakfast table discuss whether or not the fan was compensated fairly
for the ball, and @KyleBrandt tells us what he would do if he were that fan 😂😂😂

— Good Morning Football (@gmfb) October 25, 2021

Am I the only one who is glad the fan who got Tom Brady's 600th touchdown ball gave it back? Seems like everyone is bashing him for not holding out for more money. If someone gave me something not realizing it had sentimental value to you, I'd give it to you. Even if you're rich.

— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) October 25, 2021

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