The guy who gave back Tom Brady’s 600th TD pass ball might have cost himself a small fortune … ’cause one memorabilia expert says the pigskin was worth at least $500K!!
Here’s the deal … after catching the record-setting touchdown pass from Brady in the 1st quarter of the Bucs’ win over the Bears, Mike Evans ran over to a Tampa Bay fan and gave away the ball.
Evans didn’t think much of it at the time — he does the nice gesture after most of his TDs — but when he got back to the sideline, he realized his blunder.
Cameras at Raymond James Stadium caught Mike full of regret over handing away the valuable item (no player in NFL history has ever thrown for 600 in their careers) … and eventually, Bucs staffers got to work on getting it back.
Somehow, during the middle of the game, the team convinced the guy to return the ball … a move auction expert Ken Goldin says could have cost him HALF A MILLION DOLLARS — and maybe even more than that.
“Given how historic this ball is as the first 600th TD in NFL history,” Goldin said, “I’d estimate this ball to be worth a minimum of $500,000 (and possibly much more).”
The fan said during an interview mid-game that he gave back the ball simply because he was told Brady really wanted it.
“The trainer came over and asked for it,” the fan said. “What am I going to do? Say no to Tom Brady?”
The fan added that he was promised some swag and maybe a handshake from Brady in return for it all.
As for Brady’s side of it all, he was pleased with the guy’s good gesture — telling reporters after the game, “He’s going to get something nice in return.”
“We’ll get him a helmet or a couple of jerseys or some other stuff … It was really cool of (the fan) to do that.”