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Tom Brady’s last touchdown ball sells out for six hours before he reverses his retirement

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Tom Brady reversed his decision to retire from the game, but not before the ball he threw for his final touchdown pass sold for six figures.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback announced Sunday that he will return for the 2022 NFL season, just 40 days after announcing his retirement from playing.

However, just hours before he announced his return, the ball he threw for his now-called “final” touchdown sold for $518,268.

The ball had been up for auction at the Lelands Sports Memorabilia Auction House and was titled “Tom Brady’s Last Football Touchdown Pass.”

Lelands wrote, “If there’s any item in the field of sports collectibles that needs no frills, it’s this piece of history: the last touchdown ball of Tom Brady’s career.”

He added: “The historic event most recently took place in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers home playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on January 23, 2022. The 55-yard touchdown pass de Brady was caught by a wide. receiver Mike Evans, who cut the Rams’ lead to 27-20 with 3:20 left in the fourth quarter.

And just hours after the Lelands auction closed, Brady announced his return to the NFL for his 23rd season. He wrote: “These last two months I have come to realize that my place is still on the field and not in the steps. That time will come. But it is not now. I love my teammates and I love my family who supports me. They make it all possible. I will be back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG.”

Lelands also noted that “less than a year ago we offered Tom Brady’s first career touchdown ball (Lot 5; 2021 Mid-Spring Classic; netted $428,841).”

“Ironically, Brady’s first touchdown ball, like his last, was also thrown into the stands by the receiver who caught it (Terry Glenn), depriving the NFL Hall of Famer of what would be two of his most important artifacts.

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