Tom Brady: Bucs fan ‘should’ve held’ 600th-TD ball; offers man bitcoin valued at nearly $63K

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Even Tom Brady thinks Byron Kennedy caved too soon. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan became an overnight sensation after he possessed and quickly relinquished Brady's 600th-touchdown ball on Sunday, costing himself a small fortune.

Brady joined ESPN2's "Manningcast" — an alternate "Monday Night Football" broadcast featuring Peyton and Eli Manning — during Monday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints. One of the first topics of discussion was that 600th-touchdown ball, which has dominated the sports news cycle since Sunday afternoon. 

Brady thinks Kennedy should have held on to it. For a little bit longer, at least. 

'Byron lost all of his leverage'

"Byron realized he lost all of his leverage once he gave the ball away," Brady said. "He should've held it to get as much leverage as possible."

Peyton concurred.

"Amateur move," Peyton said. "If he would've held it, he would've been sitting in the Tom Brady suite for the rest of the season. Amateur move on his part."

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks out over the field before the regular season game between the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 24, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Even Tom Brady thinks Sunday's lucky Bucs fan caved too soon. (Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Brady makes bitcoin pledge

Given a moment to collect his thoughts and possibly conclude that belittling the negotiating skills of a dude who just gave him a ball estimated to be worth at least $500,000, Brady changed his tune, touting how well it worked out for Kennedy. He also noted a previously unreported financial nugget that Kennedy got out of the transaction.

"I think it worked out pretty well," Brady continued. "Just showed what he kind of got right there from it. I'm also giving him a bitcoin. That's pretty cool too. At the end of the day, I think he's still making out pretty well."

At the time of Brady's admission, one bitcoin was valued just shy of $63,000. Which, yeah — that's a pretty nice haul for sitting in the right place at the right time. 

But again — the ball's value on the memorabilia circuit is estimated to be worth north of $500,000. Collectible CEO Ezra Levine predicted its value at "closer to $750,000" when speaking with Yahoo Sports' Jeff Eisenberg on Sunday. That's obviously a lot more than $63,000. 

What else did Kennedy get?

To be fair, Kennedy is walking way with more than just a bitcoin. He left Sunday's game with a different game ball that he seemed pretty stoked about.

The Athletic's Greg Auman reports that the Bucs also pledged to give Kennedy $1,000 in credit at the team store, two autographed Brady jerseys, a Brady helmet, an autographed Evans jersey, Evans' game-worn cleats and two season tickets for the rest of this season and next. 

Again — a very nice haul for showing up to a football game. Again — not a haul that can purchase a three-bedroom home in Tampa.

Kennedy wants one more thing from Brady. He told NFL Network on Monday that the doesn't regret giving the ball back — but that he'd like to play a round of golf with Brady for doing so. 

Brady made no mention of golfing with Kennedy during Monday's "Manningcast."

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