West News Wire: According to the auction site Lelands, the ball from quarterback Tom Brady’s final career touchdown pass as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sold for $518,000.
Brady threw a 55-yard touchdown throw to wide receiver Mike Evans with 3:20 left in the fourth quarter of the NFC divisional playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams, trimming the Rams’ lead to 27-20.
Evans threw the ball into the seats since Brady had made no indication that he would retire, and there were only rumors that he was thinking about it at the time. The item was contributed by the fan who caught the ball.
Brady’s first career touchdown pass (to Terry Glenn) as a member of the New England Patriots was previously auctioned off on the site last year for $428,841.
A total of 23 people placed bids on Brady’s last touchdown ball, with the starting bid at $100,000. Some at the site predicted the ball could have fetched up to $1 million.
Brady is still under contract with the Buccaneers and has hinted at a possible return, although coach Bruce Arians said at the NFL combine last month that, based on his conversations with the seven-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, he believed Brady had closed the door on returning.