Tom Brady had one memento he wanted back from a fan in the stands and one he wanted to give his biggest little fan after his latest historic performance.
Both of the Brady admirers left Raymond James Stadium happy and sporting swag on the day Brady led Tampa Bay’s 38-3 thrashing of the Chicago Bears and became the first player in NFL history to throw for 600 touchdowns.
Mike Evans grabbed touchdown No. 600 with six seconds remaining in the first quarter and promptly dropped the ball to flex. He quickly chased down the ball, but not to hand it back to Brady. Instead, he gave it to a fan in the end zone seats, then briefly celebrated with his quarterback before both jogged back to the Bucs’ sideline.
Now, if Brady were the control freak Peyton Manning was, the football never would have left the field.
When Manning broke Brett Favre’s record with his 509th touchdown toss seven years ago, Demaryius Thomas tossed the historic football to Emmanuel Sanders, who threw it to Wes Welker, who chucked it to tight end Julius Thomas as Manning played “Monkey in the Middle” and “tried” to get his hands on the historic pigskin.