Fan who gave up Tom Brady's 600th TD ball got an awesome package from Bucs, Brady

By , Audacy Sports

A little while ago, a Cleveland Indians fan refused to give back Royals catcher Salvador Perez's 40th home run ball unless the team answered offered him his asking price of $10,000. If that's how much the ball was worth, you can understand why the fan wouldn't want to just give it up for free, though the fan also had to know if would upset Perez and his Royals teammates. That's the sacrifice said fan had to make, and that's the path that was chosen.

When it comes to the NFL and arguably the league's greatest player of all time, though, it's probably pretty tough to resist the pressure of returning a significant game-used ball... especially when it's one that would likely fetch well over six figures.

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That was the case with Byron Kennedy, who was handed Brady's 600th touchdown pass by wide receiver Mike Evans, and later gave the ball back despite being "hesitant" to do so (via Bryan DeArdo of CBS Sports). At the time, Kennedy was just given another game ball along with a signed jersey in exchange for the historic TD ball, one that Goldin Auction's Ken Goldin estimated would be worth over a half-million dollars.

Fortunately, the Bucs sweetened the deal on Monday, with Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times revealing the haul in full:
— Two signed jerseys and a helmet from Tom Brady
— A signed Mike Evans jersey and his game cleats
— A $1,000 credit at the team store
— Two season passes for the remainder of the 2021 season and all of the 2022 season

During Manningcast on Monday night, Brady also shared that he was giving Kennedy a bitcoin as well, valued at $63,000 right now.

Worth more than $500,000? No. A generous gesture from the Bucs all the same, who technically didn't have to do anything so long as the ball was willingly given up? Absolutely.

And, no, Tony Romo's suggestion for an added reward for the fan unsurprisingly was not included.

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