Tom Brady recovers his 600th touchdown pass ball with bitcoin
The ball was originally given away to a fan by Brady’s unsuspecting teammate.
Tom Brady, quarterback for US National Football League (NFL) team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was given ownership of the football he threw for his 600th touchdown pass, in return for one bitcoin.
On 24 October the Buccaneers defeated the Chicago Bears 38-3. During the game, Brady threw his 600th touchdown pass to teammate, wide receiver Mike Evans.
Not realising the significance of the pass, Evans subsequently handed the ball to Buccaneers fan Byron Kennedy in the stadium, who was wearing a football shirt with Evans’ name on it.
Negotiations took place between the Buccaneers to get the ball back from Kennedy, in which Brady offered the fan one bitcoin in return for the ball.
The ball has now been returned to Brady. One bitcoin is currently worth $59,021, according to CoinMarketCap at time of writing.
The ball is worth $500,000 at a minimum
Ken Goldin, founder of sports memorabilia auction company Goldin Auction, has tweeted saying the ball is worth at least $500,000 (£364,593). Goldin added the ball could easily go for $900,000.
Goldin said in his tweet that the ball “is one of a kind” due to the fact Brady is the only player in NFL history to have achieved so many touchdown passes in his career.
Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud, who also runs a podcast on sports in the Tampa Bay area, revealed that Kennedy will be receiving more from the Buccaneers for returning the ball to Brady. The haul includes two signed football jerseys and a helmet from Brady, plus a signed jersey from Evans, $1,000 credit at the Buccaneers team store and two season passes.
Brady and Crypto
The fact the crypto enthusiast quarterback offered a bitcoin in return for the ball is not surprising. Brady became a brand ambassador for cryptocurrency derivatives exchange platform FTX in June.
In September, Brady stated he would “love” to be paid partly in cryptos like bitcoin, ethereum or solana.
The NFL quarterback made the remark during an interview with Jim Gray, an Emmy award winning US sportscaster, on the Let’s Go Sirius XM podcast.
He went on to reveal some of his fellow professionals have requested to be paid partly in crypto as well. The quarterback added that “it’s an amazing thing that is happening... with the way the world is becoming more digital”.
Brady went on to predict that he can “definitely see a world where players are going to be paid in cryptocurrencies in the future”, adding: “The digital age is upon us. I don’t think we’re ever going back.”