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Brady's unretirement makes football the most recently thrown, not the last one

GOAT's return announced less than 24 hours after bidder pays $518,000 for ball thrown for "last" touchdown.

  • By Louis Llovio
  • | 4:00 p.m. March 14, 2022
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Tom Brady’s decision to unretire was costly to memorabilia buyer. (File photo)
Tom Brady’s decision to unretire was costly to memorabilia buyer. (File photo)
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Not everybody is happy that Tom Brady decided to unretire.

Fans of future Tampa Bay Buccaneer opponents are among those who are not thrilled to see the GOAT back nor are the defensive coordinators tasked with stopping him. Then there are football fans in New England. How happy can they be about one more season of watching weekly reminders of what they lost?

But one of the most disappointed people of them all just may be the person who at 10 p.m. March 12 paid $518,628 for the pleasure of owning the last football Brady ever threw for a touchdown.

How thrilling it must have been for the likely moneyed fan to own a piece of history. Imagine owning the last home run ball Babe Ruth hit. Or owning the gloves Muhammad Ali wore Dec. 11, 1981. It must have been a great thrill. An honor.

While it lasted.

You see, less than 21 hours — 20 if you adjust for daylight saving time — after the sports memorabilia and auction company Lelands closed the online auction for the football, Brady told the world he was coming back to play his 23rd season.

At that moment, the cherished final ball that cost as much as a nice house went from being the last one Tom Brady ever threw for a touchdown to just one of 710.

Now, there is always the possibility that Brady won’t throw another touchdown pass, that his arm won’t be strong enough, that at nearly 50 time will finally catch up. Or, maybe, after a couple practices in the middle of August, he’ll decide life at home is easier and retire again.

Anything can happen, right? At least that’s what you’d have to hope for if you were the person who paid a half million dollars for the football that in less than full day turned out to be the one Tom Brady threw for his most recent touchdown.


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