Noah Reeb, a 9-year-old from Utah, not only watched history on Sunday but received a memento and special moment from the history-maker that he'll never forget.
Tom Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 600 passing touchdowns in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 38-3 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday in Tampa. And toward the end, Brady came over to Noah in the stands to give him a "Crucial Catch" cap and shake the boy's hand.
Noah was immediately in tears.
Noah was at the game with a sign that read "Tom Brady helped me beat brain cancer." He was diagnosed in December 2020 after having severe headaches and underwent six months of radiation, via KSL TV in Salt Lake City. Scans done in July showed that the tumor was gone, though he'll be monitored until he's 18.
Brady was asked about it after the game.
“That was really sweet,” he said, via the Washington Post. “Obviously a tough kid, man. It puts a lot into perspective of what we’re doing on the field. In the end, it doesn’t mean much, compared to what people go through. We all try to make a difference in different ways.”
Noah's father, James, shared video on his Instagram stories of Noah using a large red marker to make the sign, writing "pre-game priorities," and showed him walking into the stadium. His mom, Jacque, appeared to be on FaceTime with them watching him watch the game.
James Reeb wrote in a post it was his son's first NFL game and the "dream come true" was "still hard to believe."
He included more on Instagram Stories sharing videos of the moment. In one Jacque wrote to Brady:
"This kid fought and fought with a dream that one day he could go watch you play in real life. You gave him strength and hope and a dream. You are not just the greatest athlete of all time. You are truly a good man. An exceptional father. A remarkable example. And you have just changed my boy's life. Thank you. From the bottom of my mama heart."
The family also shared a photo of Noah and his mom in Brady's Buccaneer's jerseys on the day of Super Bowl LV. They wrote it was eight days before Noah was diagnosed. Noah wore the jersey to his first MRI, before they found out about the cancer, and had "12" shaved into his hair. His "lucky Buccaneers jammies" joined him for the first night of the hospital before one of two brain surgeries.
They said they wanted to show why Brady had been such a huge part of the healing process and explain just how much Brady placing the hat on top of his head meant to them. The NFL's Crucial Catch campaign, launched in 2009, is for cancer awareness throughout October.