The Tampa Bay Bucs fan who gave back Tom Brady’s 600th career touchdown pass game ball handed over the equivalent of a new house.
The ball could fetch “minimum $500,000” at auction, Ken Goldin, founder and executive chairman of Goldin Auctions, told Yahoo Sports.
Brady became the first player in NFL history to throw 600 touchdown passes on Sunday in the first half of Tampa Bay’s home game against the Chicago Bears. Mike Evans caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Brady to increase the Bucs’ lead to 21-0.
Either Evans was unaware of the significance of the touchdown, or he experienced a temporary brain cramp. Evans gave a fan wearing his No. 13 jersey the game ball and the team had to negotiate to get it back.
Mike Evans accidently gave Tom Brady’s 600 TD game ball to a fan and they worked the entire break to try to get it back from the fan.
Tony Romo suggested they’ll give the fan a date with Gisele 🤣🤣pic.twitter.com/oIYu1xmcdu
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 24, 2021
On the CBS broadcast, Tony Romo and Jim Nantz speculated that the Bucs must have offered “a million” or “a date with Gisele” Bundchen in exchange for the ball. Minutes later, CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson reported the asking price wasn’t nearly that steep.
“[The Tampa Bay official] gave him another game ball and promised him some sort of signed jersey.” @tracywolfson discusses what it took to get Brady’s 600th TD pass ball back from a fan 😂 pic.twitter.com/TsWnPJ8WAe
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) October 24, 2021
If a game ball and a signed jersey is all the fan received, then Goldin says he gave away a fortune.
“Unused signed jersey and autographed photo would be lacking by $497,500,” Goldin said.