“I Had No Idea It Was The 600th Ball”

October 25th, 2021

Do the right thing, Tommy.

Memo to Bucs fans, if Tom Brady wants your football, it’s probably worth a hell of a lot.

Joe’s heart aches today for the Bucs fan who unknowingly gave away what could be life-changing money yesterday at The Licht House.

Tom Brady threw his 600th career touchdown pass against the Bears. Mike Evans made the catch and handed the ball to a fan in the front row wearing a Bucs jersey. Soon after, a Bucs staff member came over to the dude and told him that Tom Brady would like the football.

Per the St. Petersburg fan’s interview with the Tampa Bay Times, the fan said “No” twice but a trainer eventully wore him down with the promise of maybe a signed jersey. The lucky/unlucky fan said he didn’t know it was Brady’s 600th TD pass, an instant collectible that could be worth many hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Joe just hopes the dude is wealthy and won’t spend the next decades kicking himself as he pays off credit card debt.

“I had no idea it was the 600th ball,” the fan said.

Joe thinks Brady and the Bucs should step up and pay the fan a fat sum of money. They have it, and it would be one hell of a gesture. At least give the guy 10 percent of the ball’s value, which is the Brady equivalent of buying a Subway sandwich or Team Glazer buying a Ring Pop. Even better, give the ball from Brady’s next touchdown throw autographed by The Goat himself; that’s got to be worth a lot.

After all, the fan was pressured by a Bucs representative after multiple rejections and claims he didn’t know the ball was special.

Somebody man up here.

65 Responses to ““I Had No Idea It Was The 600th Ball””

  1. SB~LV Says:

    How about one of the extra SB rings, guy is a lifelong Buc fan and Florida resident.

  2. Medicated Pete Says:

    Mike Evans has no clue either

  3. AMI_Chris Says:

    Much ado about nothing. The ball was a gift dropped from heaven for that fan — he wasn’t entitled to it nor had he earned it. He was a happy Bucs fan and told that the ball had meaning to the GOAT. You’d have to be the ultimate cynic to say, “No f—ing way! This thing’s worth a fortune…pay me!”

  4. HC Grover Says:

    I think they will do something for the fan. How much is the 500th ball worth? It would be good PR.

  5. jugheadfla Says:

    I kind of don’t buy that he didn’t know. They freaking announced it in the stadium after it happened.

  6. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Oh sure, the fan is wealthy as hell….. that’s why he was sitting in the end zone seats.

  7. SB~LV Says:

    Doosh … the EZ’s are the best place to watch a football games!

  8. D-Rome Says:

    I tend to agree with AMI_Chris on this one. I might have negotiated to meet with Tom Brady so I could congratulate him in person and take a picture. Anything more than that wouldn’t sit well with me. I don’t judge anyone who would do different.

  9. SB~LV Says:

    TB is a good guy…he’ll take care of the situation

  10. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Pete, Evan’s has no clue how to run a back shoulder route. He is a great receiver but that’s where he falls short to AB. Johnson, obviously studying from AB, he had a AB moment catch & run.

  11. Jmarkbuc Says:

    You would have to be a real a$$hole to hold that ball hostage for a ransom. I’m surprised at you Joe.
    Where did Joe say the guy should have held the ball for ransom? The guy said he wanted to keep it, presumably to enjoy it since he didn’t know it was extra special. He was wearing an Evans jersey so Evans gave him the ball. You got to be a real a$$hole to pressure a fan for a ball after he politely says he’d like to keep it. Right?–Joe

  12. Robert Says:

    My wife was like.. ah no big deal, TB has hundreds of those types of things. I’m like nah…..that’s a big deal and could not believe he gave it back for a jersey after the break. It was at least good for season tickets!!!

  13. Mike C Says:

    Yeah, I would have said “here is my number Brady can call me to discuss”

  14. Bird Says:

    Bucs averaging 40 at home

    7-0 at home going back to last year and including super bowl
    1st time ever starting 6-1?
    That home field advantage would be huge if bucs up for task
    Saints away and bills at home two huge games

    Hope they can pull it off but will be difficult with secondary beat up

  15. Nano107 Says:

    Bucs should do something for him
    Watch Brady do something

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Perhaps a date with Giselle would work….

  17. Listnfrmafar Says:

    A signed ball from Brady & Evan’s and email signed Brady jersey is plenty.

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    Maybe there’s another way to look at it. That 600th TD ball MIGHT end up in Tom Brady’s personal collection, or it MIGHT end up at Canton. In either event, as a collectible it’d be worth a LOT of money.

    Mike Evans didn’t know its worth when he gave it to the fan, and he obviously wouldn’t have given it away if he’d known it was Brady’s 600th career TD. Even the fan who received it from Mike didn’t recognize its value as a collectible.

    Regardless of where it ends up, the fan did the right thing in returning it. And I would hope that the Bucs & Brady (and maybe even ME13) will do more to compensate him for his generosity in returning it. That’s the right thing to do too.

  19. gotbbucs Says:

    He threw away a $500k lottery ticket. I was actually mad watching him give it away.

  20. geno711 Says:

    In hindsight, the fan should have kept it. Brady’s 600 TD pass is probably way down the list of things that important for him to have as a keepsake.

    Think about it, when Brady goes over stuff with friends, family, or media, is he ever going to talk about his 600 TD pass which was the 2nd of 4 on the day of a game that we won by over 30 points.

    Either way for the fan:
    As the 600th TD pass thrown and a story for that fan to his friends and family
    As a 1/2 million dollar sell to a much wealthier fan that he can possibly help himself and his family out of some debt or just a nicer living style to some small degree.

    I wish the fan had it.

  21. Leighroy Says:

    You guys crack me up! Since when isn’t someone entitled to a gift? Try that Indian-giver trick with your kid at Christmas ya hypocrite. And Evans can’t run a back shoulder route? His career highlight film, literally proves otherwise. Smh…

  22. Coburn Says:

    Might have to explain this to me like I’m an idiot, because I don’t know collectibles at all. Let’s say he did keep it and wanted to sell it off to change his life. How would I know, as a buyer he is selling me THE ball and not just one of many other game balls out there? Would there be a serial number on it? And how would one verify which serial # is #600 for Brady? When you have a jersey or ball signed by someone I think they just verify if the signature matches and take their word it’s not a good forgery? Just wondering how he would have profited off this

  23. John Sinclear Says:

    “Joe just hopes the dude is wealthy—” Hey, Joe: If the dude was wealthy he would not be sitting in the end zone !!

  24. Buczilla Says:

    I agree, hook the man up Glazers.

  25. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    I would have given it back for 100k and offered to teach TB12 how to not constantly weak slice his drives(that is worth the 100K in and of itself).

  26. PaulW. Says:

    I said it often on Twitter and I’m saying it here.

    The trade should have involved:
    1) autographed Brady and Evans jerseys
    2) an official SB LV ring from the Glazers
    3) luxury box tickets for any home playoff game for the Bucs this season (which is looking very likely right now)

  27. Armybucfan Says:

    That ball that that fan gave up for a jersey is presumed to be worth at a minimum between $500,000 and $700,000. If you ask me the fan got the short end of the stick.

  28. Armybucfan Says:

    That ball that that fan gave up for a jersey is presumed to be worth at a minimum between $500,000 and $700,000. If you ask me the fan got the short end of the stick. But I’m sure Brady needs the money more than that fan does.

  29. SufferingSince76 Says:

    What I’m seeing is there are a some greedy Bucs fans on this site. You guys go straight to the money aspect. Not everyone shares that greed.

  30. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    @”….He was wearing an Evans jersey so Evans gave him the ball. You got to be a real a$$hole to pressure a fan for a ball after he politely says he’d like to keep it. Right?…”
    no is not right; for that fan ANY ball should be the same value if ME gave it to him, for TB12 is only one 600th ball.
    ME should be involved to satisfy his fan too, he is the ONLY receiver that HARDLY looks for fans with his jersey to give balls, i haven’t seen other guys to be soooo determent.. well no surprise, is ME.
    TB12 is going to give the man his jersey, like he did with the kid cancer free after the game.
    ME should gibe him signed jersey as well…. and the man should be all good.

  31. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Yes, the Fan got the short end of the stick. That ball would have been worth a small fortune, but still the Fan did the right thing.
    Even more impressive was when Tom Brady made that little Boy who had Cancer cry. It made me cry too because I also have Cancer. And, thanks to JBF.COM I am being treated at Florida Cancer Specialists, because of seeing all the advertising here for Dr Wenk. I called Dr Wenk, and he informed me there is a Florida Cancer Specialists here in Brandon, so since I live in Brandon, I go there. Dr Wenk is way up in New Port Richey. If you have Cancer, I highly recommend Florida Cancer Specialists.

  32. mark2001 Says:

    The fan showed alot of class…something sadly missing in many places in todays world. I’m sure Tom and the Bucs organization will thank him in many tangible ways.

  33. mark2001 Says:

    Chris…sorry to hear about your cancer. Hope you go into remission soon. Best of luck to you.

  34. View from 132 Says:

    Dude should’ve taken the ball and got the hell out of there. You can attend a lot of other games for $100k.

  35. Chris Boyd Says:

    Where did Joe say the guy should have held the ball for ransom? The guy said he wanted to keep it, presumably to enjoy it since he didn’t know it was extra special. He was wearing an Evans jersey so Evans gave him the ball. You got to be a real a$$hole to pressure a fan for a ball after he politely says he’d like to keep it. Right?–Joe

    its tough, but that ball is special. i prolly would have gave it back, and kicked myself for doing it, but at the end of the day, theball is where it should be. i dont blame the bucs for getting it back. i would certainly hope that they do something for that man, and i am pretty sure you writing this article was a not too subtle nudge. so great job for that, but i in no way think it reflects brady’s character that he wanted THAT ball.

  36. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Gee Joe…

    Heavy editing on your original post..🤔
    None at all??–Joe

  37. Chris Boyd Says:

    and also, brady after the game said that he doesnt usually keep balls, but that one is special. with all that man has done for this team, i just think it ended up where it should. but i believe someone will take care of him

  38. PassingThru Says:

    For a frame of reference, the Tom Brady “first touchdown pass” ball fetched $430,000. I would have thought that ball was the more collectable.

  39. Robert Says:

    I get the whole do the right thing and all……and I would have felt like giving it back…….but if I knew it was worth that much I definitely would not have. I would have told them to talk to ME. At 1st I thought ME did it to piss off TB as ME missed several before that and he and TB were not gelling, but yeah TB was “off” last night too.

    no way I would have given that ball back though as they were announcing it was #600 long before it was thrown.

  40. BA4President Says:

    I really hope the fan gets hooked up

  41. Anonymous Says:

    I would have kept it and sold for the highest bid

  42. BillyBucOff Says:

    Not gonna be worth much at all after he throws 700.

    Who thinks I’m wrong?

  43. Brandon Says:

    Dude was sitting in the front row. Something tells me that he isn’t desperate for money.

  44. Ben green Says:

    Ben would like y’all to go back in time. Remember the things you said about Brady. I’d bet real money that the vast majority of you hated Brady, and called him a cheater. It’s unbelievable what a little laundry can do. What a difficult transition.

  45. SKBucsFan Says:

    You’re right Coburn. They guy will be better off with some signed swag. It’s easier to prove its real. This thing has value once it’s in Canton.

    Although, personally I would ask for season tickets…for life!

  46. Rod Munch Says:

    SB~LV Says:
    October 25th, 2021 at 8:49 am
    How about one of the extra SB rings, guy is a lifelong Buc fan and Florida resident.


    There’s a trade I’d take, that and club seats for life. If the Bucs say no, I sell the ball to Putin.

  47. D-Rome Says:

    Dude should’ve taken the ball and got the hell out of there. You can attend a lot of other games for $100k.

    This is an underrated comment. It would have been extremely difficult for him to get out of Ray Jay with that ball. You *know* there’d be one guy in that entire stadium looking to take it from him by force. If I wasn’t going to give the ball back I would have left the stadium right then and ran.

  48. DoooshLaRue Says:

    PassingThru Says:
    October 25th, 2021 at 11:45 am
    For a frame of reference, the Tom Brady “first touchdown pass” ball fetched $430,000. I would have thought that ball was the more collectable

    When was that sale?

  49. PassingThru Says:


    Just a few months ago. When you consider that rookie Brady cards can fetch $3 million or so, that ball seemed like a relative bargain.

  50. CaptBucsFan Says:

    Joe(s) I sincerely hope you follow up with this. I believe whether or not this fan was/is “entitled to” or “deserves” anything is irrelevant. What is, in my opinion, relevant is how the Buccaneer Organization handles this, as it will be telling of the organization’s mindset towards the fans.

  51. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    Watch Mike give this guy his SB ring and ask him not to tell anyone.

  52. PassingThru Says:

    The fan seems like a really good guy. All he’s demanding now is a round of golf with Brady. I’m pretty sure Brady will take him up after the season.

  53. DBS Says:

    @ John Sinclear. Not all wealthy people go out and spend top dollar for everything. That is how they keep their money not blow it. And they don’t always invest it in the stock market.

  54. adam from ny Says:

    they should take care of the guy…

    the last thing the guy should do is request golf or dinner with brady though…

    just think about it…

    when tom is driving to meet “some odd dude he doesn’t even know”, then he has to act like he likes the guy and is enjoying spending time with someone he really doesn’t want to spend time with…while he can be doing something more important, or practicing, or home with family, or masterbating for that matter…

    fans are insane jocking a celebrity and thinking to spend time with them…fugg i wouldn’t wanna play golf with tom…let the dude do his thing and you do yours…

    we are supposed to watch him play football, not lick his keesters on a golf course…

    he’s rather play golf with BA or trump…this is ridiculous…get real…

    because this is a national story, hopefully they take good care of the guy for being nice about the ball situation…

    but seriously what is wrong with people who want to spend quality time with a celeb or superstar athlete…

    think about them sitting across from you at a dinner table, thinking “when can i get out of here”, or “who the fugg is this ham and egger i’m breaking bread with”…

    wake the f up people!

  55. SomeGuy Says:

    Of course the guy should have gotten every penny he could. The stadium he watched the game in is basically a welfare scheme that made the Glazer’s wealthy. Tell you what “Mr. Brady would really like the ball”, the same guy should go to the next home game without a ticket and say “I would really like to come in and watch the game”.

    See how much generosity the team shows him.

  56. Costa Rica John Says:

    The fan should have autographed it himself and handed it back saying you guys owe me big. 😂

  57. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    Via NFL.com:

    “Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the team is giving Kennedy two signed jerseys and a helmet from Brady, a signed Evans jersey and his game cleats, $1,000 credit at the team store, and two season passes for the remainder of this season and 2022.

    “Brady added during the Monday Night Football “ManningCast” that he’s also giving Kennedy a Bitcoin.”

    Not too shabby. Especially if that bitcoin blows up! That’s at around $50,000 right now. And if he’s looking to sell, those game tickets are in high demand, also.

  58. adam from ny Says:

    tom giving him a bitcoin makes it salvageable…nice move by tom…

    62k currently for a bitcoin…

    the other stuff to the team is basically left over, game used, sweaty sh!t, that they will autograph and pass off…granted, for resale it goes for some dough…

    the 1k in team store credit is like giving him 100 bucks in reality, as that’s prolly what it costs at best for 1k in store goods…there is such a huge mark up from manufacturer to retail…an authentic jersey costs maybe 10 beans to make on a good day…could even be 5 bucks…

    remaining season tix is pretty chill too…he should have asked for all potential home playoff games and superbowl too, if we get there…

    i’m not knocking it, all in all the yubg doc

  59. adam from ny Says:

    i’m not knocking it…all in all the young doc got a pretty decent haul…

    although it’s a little tough to compare it to say…750,000 at auction…

    i guess he can chalk it up as quite an experience, and he will always be “that guy” attached to tom’s 600th td toss…

    with a little luck maybe he will become a bucs on staff doctor of sorts one day down the line…

    you never know

  60. adam from ny Says:

    basically tom gave the guy a decent new car if he needs one..

    walk into a dealership, toss that bitcoin onto the dealership’s saleman table…

    let it bounce around heads or tails style for a minute…

    then let the mofo know you’re walking out with a brand new suv…

    also pull out some “fluffy dice”, and tell the salesman to make sure when you

  61. adam from ny Says:

    pull up with the ride, dice are bobbling like low hanging fruit bouncing and behaving on your shiny new rear view mirror

  62. adam from ny Says:

    *the fluffy dice always gets ’em 🙂

    spend 50k or more and always hand the salesman the fluffy dice…


  63. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    No way I would have gave that ball up!! All these guys are millionaires and I don’t give a damn about how much talent they have!! The ONLY reason they are so rich is because of the fans that put up with their dumb jock antics and still pay for their games!! Without fans you don’t have any NFL!! That guy could have made some serious change from that ball and got pressured out of it!! They should pay him at least 100k for it because it’s worth a lot more than that!! Some people are estimating a million!!

  64. Rod Munch Says:

    What the Bucs should have done is staged a robbery, he loses the ball, but then the Bucs step in and apologize for the robbery, and they’re sorry that happened to him, here’s a $1000 gift card just because we’re great guy.

    See, now the Bucs are heros!

  65. Steve M. Says:

    Bush is right. The fan was pretty fairly compensated. If you were given a suitcase with $100k at the airport, that wasn’t yours, would you keep it ?
    No. You would return it and get a part of the value as a reward. The
    $60k + value Bitcoin, the 2 jerseys, helmet, balls, cleats and game tickets are fair.