Byron Kennedy was in a seat in the end zone section at Raymond James Stadium where wide receiver Mike Evans caught Brady’s record-breaking pass. Evans then tossed the football into the stands where Kennedy grabbed it. Kennedy then gave it to a Bucs official.
Brady said the fan would “get something nice in return” for giving back the ball. According to the team, that haul includes two signed Brady jerseys, a helmet, a jersey autographed by Evans and Evans’ game-worn cleats. The team is also providing Kennedy with two season tickets for the remainder of the 2021 season and all of the 2022 season, plus a $1,000 credit to the team store. Brady told Peyton and Eli Manning on ESPN’s Monday Night Football simulcast that he would give Kennedy a Bitcoin, which is currently valued at $60,922.
“I got the ball back,” Brady told the Mannings. “There was a lot of negotiation in order to get the ball back.”
On Friday, Kennedy showed off part of the gift package.
Reporting from ESPN’s Jenna Laine was used in this story.