Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady practically misplaced possession of the ball behind his 600th landing cross, however now he’s paying for it… in Bitcoin.
In an Oct. 24 sport between the Buccaneers and Chicago Bears, Brady threw his 600th profession landing cross to fellow teammate Mike Evans — he’s the one participant in NFL historical past to have ever achieved so many landing passes in his profession. The large receiver, apparently not realizing the importance of the ball, handed it off to Byron Kennedy, a fan sporting a jersey with Evans’ namesake.
In line with Ken Goldin, the founding father of sports activities memorabilia public sale firm Goldin Auctions, the ball might be worth wherever from $500,000 to $900,000. Kennedy at first appeared to surrender the ball in trade on a obscure promise of a meet and greet with the quarterback. Nonetheless, Brady later revealed on Monday Evening Soccer that he had provided the fan 1 Bitcoin (BTC) — roughly $62,081 on the time of publication — as thanks for shortly handing it over.
“There have been numerous negotiations as a way to get the ball again,” stated Brady. “Byron realized he misplaced all of his leverage as soon as he gave the ball away […] I’m additionally giving him a Bitcoin. That’s fairly cool, too. On the finish of the day, I feel he’s nonetheless making out fairly.”
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) October 25, 2021
In line with Tampa Bay Occasions reporter Rick Stroud, the Buccaneers have additionally agreed to offer Kennedy 2 signed crew jerseys, a helmet with Brady’s autograph, Mike Evans sport cleats, a jersey signed by the large receiver, season tickets for the remainder of the yr and thru 2022, in addition to a $1,000 credit score in the direction of purchases on the crew’s retailer. Even with some consultants predicting the BTC price is likely to rise, many on-line identified the worth of Kennedy’s compensation didn’t come near that of the historic soccer.
“I’d have gone for season tickets for all times,” said investigative reporter David Amelotti.
Brady is one in all many crypto-friendly skilled athletes. He launched his own nonfungible token platform known as Autograph — the place he plans to public sale the 600th landing ball as an NFT — and received tokens as part of an endorsement deal with crypto trade FTX.