Byron Kennedy gets a Bitcoin from Tom Brady, too

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On Sunday, Byron Kennedy willingly surrendered a football that he could have sold for an amount in the range of $500,000. He didn’t get fair return for giving the ball back.

His return has been made a little less unfair.

Bucs quarterback Tom Brady declared both on Twitter and during the Monday night Manningcast that Kennedy also will be getting a Bitcoin from Brady. Peyton Manning quickly changed the topic, possibly because he wasn’t interested in giving the cryptocurrency any free advertising.

Speaking of free, it’s likely that Brady isn’t paying for the Bitcoin, which currently has a value of more than $62,000. Between the mention of Brady’s crypto sponsor on Twitter and the live reference during the Manningcast, Brady’s use of a couple of key platforms more than paid for the Bitcoin.

Even if Brady is giving Kennedy a Bitcoin from his own personal stash, it’s a great deal for Brady to get a ball that receiver Mike Evans had given to Kennedy — and that the Bucs by all appearances couldn’t have forced Kennedy to give back. Interviewed at the game by the Tampa Bay Times, Kennedy said that he initially declined, twice, to surrender the ball that had become the 600th touchdown pass of Brady’s career.

If Kennedy had held firm (or if he would have just gotten up and left the game with his half-million-dollar souvenir), he would have gotten a lot more. And no amount of pressure he may have faced in the moment will match the grief that Kennedy will take for years to come for throwing back for a handful of birdseed the Moby Dick that jumped into his boat.

17 responses to “Byron Kennedy gets a Bitcoin from Tom Brady, too

  1. The $500K value estimates still make no sense. Brady’s first touchdown ball sold a few months ago, at the peak of sports card/memorabilia pricing, for just under $430K. Who would rather have the 600th TD ball (A completely arbitrary number, by the way; it’s not his last TD, nor the number that set the record) than the first one he threw?

    The fan still could’ve gotten more, but the estimates are laughable.

  2. I don’t know any reasonable adult that would have kept the ball. He didn’t earn it, it wasn’t owed to him. He did the right thing and was more than generously compensated. To suggest he should have held out for fair value, or just left the arena, is silly. Just because something falls in your lap, doesn’t mean you should take advantage of every opportunity.

  3. I really feel that too much focus is being put into the monetary value of the 600 ball and that the fan lost out on a kings ransom. The significance of that ball for the NFL & for Brady far outweighs its material worth. I would have given it up willfully, respecting its significance without demanding something in return. Actions speak for themselves.

  4. stiffmcgriff says:
    I really feel that too much focus is being put into the monetary value of the 600 ball and that the fan lost out on a kings ransom. The significance of that ball for the NFL & for Brady far outweighs its material worth. I would have given it up willfully, respecting its significance without demanding something in return. Actions speak for themselves.
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    That Football would be worth at least a home in Tampa Bay($330K). Do you think that Football is worth more to Tom Brady, than a house is worth to you?

    Tom Brady has a bunch of trophies, how many homes do you own?

  5. Considering the fan’s seat location, there’s a chance he doesn’t necessarily need the cash and would rather have something more valuable in his eyes like a round of golf with the GOAT.

    Money is a lot of things to a lot people but not everything to every person. Just a thought.

  6. I’d have asked Brady for a signed helmet, a signed football, the opportunity to appear on their web show “Tommy & Gronky” and for Brady and Gronk to pose for a photo with me.

    No money would need to change hands. There’s too much greed in the world, $600k for a football? Give me a break.

  7. Bitcoin is looking at a million dollar price target by the end of this decade so I’d say he got good return on that football

  8. This guy is a bad businessman. I would have put the football under my shirt/jacket and left the stadium and got a lawyer. Its a business for the players it can be for the fans who go to the games and are able to legally get there hands on a ball like that. This ” Haul” he was given is window dressing that isnt a fraction of the value of the ball. He possibly could get over 500k at some point from a Collector if not more. His season tickets are probably in the nose bleeds. The guy needs a class in business.

  9. I told my wife I would have done the honorable thing and gave it back knowing the importance of this ball historically and that it was given to me by mistake. I read others have said hey leave the stadium with it and start serious negotiations, they will get the ball back but make them pay up for it. Legally its yours.

    Ya I would have held out for a Covette Convertable, the signed Jersey Brady wore when he threw the touch down -that would be also worth some big money, and season tickets to next years games. Not a bad trade off and everyone wins

  10. I mean the guy is getting about 100k worth of goods and some priceless memories for becoming a part of history just by virtue of having some good seats, wearing a Mike Evans jersey and a lack of awareness by Evans on the significance of the TD he just caught. If he’s truly a Bucs fan and not just someone looking to make a buck like a lot of people in this country, he’ll be much happier doing what he did than extracting maximum value from a lucky situation. His perspective is refreshing in a country defined by greed. As he said, he didn’t earn it, Brady did. The fact that he is getting some stuff of both monetary and non-monetary value is icing on the cake.

  11. kenmasters34 says:
    October 26, 2021 at 10:44 am
    That Football would be worth at least a home in Tampa Bay($330K). Do you think that Football is worth more to Tom Brady, than a house is worth to you?

    Tom Brady has a bunch of trophies, how many homes do you own?
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    That truly does put some good perspective on it. While sure, its not my accomplishment, but when a damn house literally falls into your lap like that… Plus this ball would just gather dust on Toms shelf in comparison to all his other, larger, accomplishments.

  12. Dr. Kennedy does not seem to regret the choice he made to return the ball. Why is everyone else so obsessed with a choice that was his to make?

  13. florioisntverysmart says:
    I don’t know any reasonable adult that would have kept the ball.
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    Capitalism has never been for reasonable adults. It’s about exploiting leverage when you have it.

  14. As a human being he did the right thing. I know most people don’t live their life trying to do the right thing, it is good to see that some people do.

  15. I’ve been a fan of Brady’s since he played in Ann Arbor, and he is paying fair market value for the ball. The only concession he gets is the ability to match any offer. I mean, he and his wife are worth like $500 million.

  16. So basically this ball is worth more money because nobody knew it was worth anything. Evan’s gave the ball away to a fan. Who then gave it back to a Tampa official. So in reality the only reason everyone is talking about this ball is because two people didn’t know it’s supposed value. I think the $500,000 price is some joker sports memorabilia guy trying to boost prices of stuff said joker wants to sell. So scam all around.

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