On January 23, Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a remarkable comeback against the Los Angeles Rams in an NFL divisional playoff game. After facing a 27-3 deficit, Brady threw a heroic touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Evans that evened the score between the two teams. While the LA Rams ended up winning the game, Tom Brady’s touchdown pass became a significant moment.
A few weeks later on February 1, Tom Brady announced his official retirement from football in an Instagram post. This was followed by an explanation on Twitter, “These past two months I have realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now.”
This was a bittersweet finish to one of the most extraordinary careers in NFL history. Tom Brady was retiring as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and the ball from his last touchdown pass instantly became a collectible asset.
On March 13, that final touchdown ball was sold in an auction for $518,628. However, the next day on March 14 Tom Brady made a new announcement on Instagram saying that he would be returning to the Buccaneers next season. Brady again explained on Twitter, “These past two months I have realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now.”
This makes the story of Tom Brady even more intriguing - the hero who we thought was retiring is now coming back once again. Unfortunately, for the person who bought Tom Brady’s ball for $518,628, this was bad news. Experts now estimate that the ball would sell today at a price closer to $20,000 since it is no longer Tom Brady’s ‘last’ touchdown ball. Circumstances have changed, completely out of the buyer’s control.