Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady nearly lost possession after his 600th pass, but now he’s paying the price with… bitcoin (BTC).
In the Sunday game between the Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears, Brady gave his 600th touchdown pass to teammate Mike Evans, the only player in NFL history to have made multiple touchdown passes in his career. The wide receiver, apparently not understanding the meaning of the ball, gave it to Byron Kennedy, a fan wearing Evans’ namesake shirt.
A ball can cost anywhere from $500,000 to $900,000, according to Ken Golden, founder of sports memorabilia at Goldin Auctions. Kennedy initially seemed to give up the ball in exchange for an unspecified promise of a meeting and greeted the quarterback. However, Brady later revealed on Monday Night Football that he had given fans 1 bitcoin (BTC) — about $62,081 at press time — thank you for swiping it so quickly.
“There was a lot of negotiation to get the ball back,” Brady said. “Byron realized he lost all his power when he gave the ball […] I also gave him bitcoin. He’s great there too. At the end of the day, I think he’s still fine.”
According to Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud, the Buccaneers also agreed to give Kennedy two autographed team jerseys, a signed Brady helmet, Mike Evans’ playing shoes, a signed wide receiver jersey, and season tickets for the rest of the year. . And through 2022, plus a $1,000 credit for purchases in the team store. While some experts are predicting that the price of BTC is likely to rise, many on the internet have pointed out that Kennedy’s compensation is nowhere near in the historical football.
“I will buy season tickets for life,” said investigative journalist David Amelotti.
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Brady is one of the many friendly professional athletes of cryptocurrency. He launched his own non-exchangeable token platform called Autograph, where he plans to sell the 600th landing ball as an NFT, receiving the tokens as part of an approval agreement with crypto exchange FTX.