Ball that was Tom Brady’s first touchdown pass is up for auction

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Tom Brady‘s first career touchdown pass was thrown in 2001, in a home against the Chargers. Terry Glenn made the catch, he threw the ball into the stands, and the fan who has had the ball for nearly two decades is ready to sell it.

The ball will be auctions by Lelands.com from May 9 through June 4.

The owner of the ball, who has decided to remain anonymous, is a 48-year-old Patriots season-ticket holder. He has kept the ball in a safe-deposit box at a bank. He goes to see it before Patriots playoff games. (It’s unknown whether the ball makes passive-aggressive comments about his failure to visit more often.)

He’ll now be able to replace the spot in the box with cash. How much? That remains to be seen, especially if Brady himself makes a play for it.

As to Glenn, who died in 2017, the game was his only appearance before Week 13 of that season, and one of only four games he played in 2001, due to a combination of suspensions and deactivations. He caught seven passes for 110 yards and a touchdown in the 29-26 overtime win over the Chargers.

Brady and the Patriots erased a 10-point deficit with less than four minutes to play, forcing an extra period with a touchdown pass to tight end Jermaine Wiggins with only 36 seconds on the fourth-quarter clock.

26 responses to “Ball that was Tom Brady’s first touchdown pass is up for auction

  1. I was sitting next to the guy who caught the ball when Terry Glenn flipped it into the stands… Section 12, row 6 of Foxboro Stadium…

  2. That’ll probably end up being worth a few dollars…but nowhere near as much as Bradys spice milange.

  3. When I read this I wondered 2 things:

    1. If a Brady rookie card is worth over $2 million, what could this ball be worth? Should be worth much more.

    2. Is there any provenance to prove this is TD #1 like a film clip? Then I read larrywhighamwasunderrated comment above and thought witnesses could also provide proof.

    I hope Brady does end up getting it.

  4. If I’m the Patriots’ Owner, I buy the ball & donate it for a display in the Hall of Fame. That, and his final TD pass should go into the Hall.

  5. It will prove yet again that some people have way too much money.

  6. I’m sure the football was easy to catch since it was under inflated.

  7. I think Goodell needs to launch an investigation and spend millions to verify the PSI that ball is under. If it’s not regulation the TD should be vacated from the books immediately.

  8. “That’ll probably end up being worth a few dollars…but nowhere near as much as Bradys spice milange.”
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    Every time I’m on Arrakis I stop by Brady’s cottage. We have kale soup and a few laughs about the Bene Gesserit. He’s a good guy, good family man. And a pretty fair country ballplayer too.

  9. This guy is about to have the Pats/NFL/Brady himself bid on this. This should be worth more than any rookie card could.

  10. If this were Aaron Rodegrs’s first TD pass ball, there is no doubt that ball would be making passive-aggressive comments. Demanding to be traded because its owner had not given it a better safe deposit box, with the final straw being the acquisition of a new first TD pass ball from a younger, up and coming QB.

  11. likuidsmoke says:
    May 8, 2021 at 2:38 pm
    This guy is about to have the Pats/NFL/Brady himself bid on this. This should be worth more than any rookie card could.
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    What will this 48-year-old Patriots season-ticket holder get? Guaranteed early retirement.

  12. That should be a blast to watch where this thing is going. The number will be enormous. As long as it can be proven.

  13. For those asking about how he can prove it’s the real ball: before the game each of the 12 balls that the team picks are marked 1 through 12 and each of the 12 backup balls are marked B1 – B12. Each one is tested for PSI and then the ref records it and documents it. Then each ball is marked with the official insignia stamp and released to the team for play. This part does differ by team but most equipment managers and trainers put their own special mark on the ball as well. So it should be extremely easy to determine whether or not it’s real.

  14. It may be easy to verify that a ball was used in an NFL game, but that doesn’t explain to me how anyone can verify that it was used in that specific game or that it was the one involved in that touchdown.

  15. “It’s unknown whether the ball makes passive-aggressive comments about his failure to visit more often.”

    Content like this is why I come to this page.

  16. My bank says I can make the first bid of $746.19. If someone tops that I’ll have to bow out.

  17. If you read an article aside from this one, it has already been authenticated. There are pictures of him catching it after Glenn threw it in the stands, and there are various written markings on the ball and some identifier with the laces. This is an exact science in a big dollar industry, and applies to equipment, jerseys, balls, etc.

  18. eddie2020 says:
    May 8, 2021 at 4:12 pm
    how can they prove that this is that ball?
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    I’m sure the NFL can verify it if needed. It would be easy to verify as an actual NFL game ball, and from there they can probably check TV/stadium cameras to see it. And maybe check the ball for GOAT fingerprints.

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