Tom Brady threw his 600th touchdown pass Sunday. Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan Byron Kennedy could have thrown $ 500,000 in the same game.
Kennedy was sitting in the front row behind the end zone at Raymond James Stadium when catcher Mike Evans caught the pass that made Brady the only NFL quarterback to reach that milestone.
Evans saw Kennedy wearing his number 13 jersey and gifted him the ball. Neither of them realized the meaning of the ovoid at that moment.
However, the Buccaneers knew about it and sent a team official to try and get the ball back for Brady.
It has been estimated that Kennedy could have been auctioned for at least $ 500,000.
Instead, the internal medicine resident returned it out of the goodness of his heart.
“What am I going to do, say no to Tom Brady?” Kennedy told the Tampa Bay Times.
What a nice gesture. Surely, Brady, whose estimated value is $ 250 million and is married to someone with an estimated value much higher than that, would not make fun of Kennedy on national television, would he?
“Byron realized he lost all his influence once he delivered the ball,” Brady joked on Peyton and Eli Manning’s “Monday Night Football” simulcast the following night. “I should have sustained it to get as much influence as possible.”
Brady mentioned that he is giving Kennedy a bitcoin (which is currently worth more than $ 62,000) through FTX, a cryptocurrency firm in which he and his wife, Gisele Bündchen, have an equity stake.
In addition, Kennedy will also receive two autographed jerseys and a Brady helmet, an autographed jersey and cleats used in Evans’ game and season tickets through the end of the 2022 season and a $ 1,000 store credit for the Buccaneers team.
All the great things Kennedy couldn’t have dreamed he would get when he showed up to watch the Bucs play the Chicago Bears that day.
However, it is still not close to being worth half a million dollars.
Offered a hypothetical opportunity by the NFL Network to renegotiate the deal, the seemingly super cool and laid-back Kennedy declined.
“Renegotiate, no,” he said. But maybe play a round of golf with Tom as payment? I think it would be great. “
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