The lucky Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan who turned over the ball from Tom Brady's 600th career touchdown pass to team officials during Sunday's game is getting a sizable reward for his efforts.
Byron Kennedy -- a 29-year-old internal medicine resident at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida -- will receive two signed jerseys and a helmet from Brady, along with a jersey and game-worn cleats from Mike Evans (who caught the milestone TD pass) and two season passes for Bucs home games through the end of the 2022 season.
Kennedy happened to be sitting in the first row of the end zone seats when Evans made the first-quarter touchdown reception and handed him the ball.
"I was just so happy to get a touchdown ball from Mike Evans," he told NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano on Monday. "I had no idea how significant it actually was."
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) October 25, 2021
Later the game, Kennedy said a team official came up and told him that Brady wanted the ball. After initially refusing to turn it over, he eventually relented after he was promised a game ball and a gift card.
He told Siciliano he would like to play a round of golf with Brady, but after the interview aired the two sides came to an agreement on the prize package, which also included a $1,000 credit at the team store.
"You can't say no to Tom Brady," Kennedy said. "He's the one who earned it. I just got lucky and happened to be there at the right time."
On the "Manningcast" on Monday night, Brady told Peyton and Eli Manning that he also gifted Kennedy a Bitcoin.
"Byron realized he lost all of his leverage once he the ball away," Brady told Peyton and Eli. "He should've held it.
"I'm also giving him a Bitcoin, which, that's pretty cool, too."
— NFL (@NFL) October 26, 2021
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