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#pounditMonday, December 6, 2021

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Video: Tom Brady shared incredible moment with young fan who beat brain cancer

Tom Brady makes a young fan cry

Tom Brady had a big day Sunday, but it may end up being even more memorable for one young Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan.

The Buccaneers scored an easy 38-3 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, with Brady throwing four touchdown passes in the win. After the game, he spotted a young fan in the front row and let the fan keep his game-used hat.

That fan wasn’t chosen at random. During the game, he had been holding up a sign indicating that Brady helped him beat brain cancer. The interaction was enough to drive the young fan to tears.

Brady was asked about the moment after the game, praising the “tough kid” and adding that seeing it puts his football career in perspective.

It’s an awesome gesture from Brady and a moment that kid will never forget. It’s possible the quarterback might have given him more, but some of Brady’s equipment may be spoken for already thanks to another fan interaction.

Buccaneers hooking up fan who gave Tom Brady milestone ball back

Tom Brady 600 ball

A Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan briefly found himself in possession of an incredibly valuable piece of memorabilia on Sunday, and the team has promised to reward him for giving it back.

Mike Evans caught a touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the first half of Tampa Bay’s game against the Chicago Bears. The star receiver obviously did not realize that the touchdown was the 600th of Brady’s career. Evans celebrated the score by jumping into the stands and handing the ball to a lucky fan in the front row.

The fan, 29-year-old doctor Byron Kennedy, gave the ball back. A Bucs team staffer came over to Kennedy and had a brief conversation with him, and Kennedy handed the ball over. CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson said Kennedy was promised an autographed jersey. According to Greg Auman of The Athletic, he’ll get even more than that for his cooperation.

Whatever the Bucs give Kennedy likely won’t be enough. It is estimated that the ball would fetch upwards of $500,000 at an auction.

If you can believe it, the exact same thing happened with Brady’s 400th career touchdown pass. The 44-year-old has thrown so many that even his teammates can’t keep track.

Mike Evans makes hilarious mistake with milestone Tom Brady touchdown

Mike Evans Tom Brady reaction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans made a pretty hilarious mistake with a milestone Tom Brady touchdown.

Evans was the recipient of Brady’s 600th career touchdown pass during Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. Brady became the first quarterback to reach that milestone in NFL history. It was pretty logical, then, to believe that Brady would probably want the football for his collection.

There was just one problem: Evans was clearly unaware of the milestone. He jumped into the stands and handed the football to a fan as part of his celebration.

Evans definitely wasn’t trolling Brady by doing it. He had a pretty priceless reaction on the sideline when he realized what he’d done.

Evans’ mistake meant a Buccaneers staff member had to go and negotiate with the fan who had the ball. After what appeared to be some extensive bartering, the fan did give up the ball. CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson reported the fan was promised a signed jersey in return.

Believe it or not, the exact same thing happened with Brady’s 400th career touchdown pass. Brady’s receivers really need to familiarize themselves with his milestone chases.

We’re guessing Brady will be pretty relaxed about this, especially since he’s getting the ball back. He’s made mental mistakes before too, after all.

Jack Coan goes viral for amazing impressions of NFL QBs

Jack Coan does an impression

Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan went viral this week for a great video where he does impressions of famous NFL quarterbacks.

Coan posted the video on social media and it received attention online. NBC even aired it during Saturday night’s Fighting Irish game against USC.

The video shows Coan in Notre Dame’s locker room. He does impressions of Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.

Those were pretty great. The Manning impression might have been the funniest and most accurate. The Brady had the best detail with the follow through.

Coan is a senior transfer from Wisconsin. He entered Saturday’s win over USC with 1,208 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.

How did you like his impressions and which was the best?

Tom Brady has hilarious take on Aaron Rodgers taunting Bears fans

Tom Brady

Aaron Rodgers brought us one of the best moments of Week 6 when he ruthlessly taunted Chicago Bears fans, and Tom Brady seemed to enjoy it as much as anyone.

During the latest episode of his “Let’s Go!” podcast on SiriusXM Radio, Brady sarcastically congratulated Rodgers on becoming a “shareholder of the Bears.”

“I saw a clip of him really enthusiastically telling the crowd how happy he is to own Soldier Field. That’s really great stuff,” Brady joked. “He owns the (Milwaukee) Bucks now and part of Solider Field. He’s got a great career beyond football.”

Rodgers gave the Packers a two-score lead in their win over the Bears on Sunday with a rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter. After the play, microphones caught the reigning MVP clearly yelling “I still own you!” at the fans. You can see the video here.

While he may not have expected the trash talk to be picked up and go viral, Rodgers said he had a good reason for going at Bears fans so hard.

Brady and Rodgers have been trading funny barbs since before they played against one another in “The Match” over the summer. We’ll anxiously await Rodgers’ latest response.

Story behind Tom Brady, wife Gisele Twitter ‘trade’ exchange revealed

Gisele and Tom Brady cheek to cheek

The story behind a Twitter exchange between Tom Brady and Gisele that went viral on Saturday was finally revealed a day later. It turns out their tweets were inauthentic and instead the setup for an advertising campaign.

On Saturday, Brady tweeted that he was missing the fall.

When Brady became a free agent in 2019, he famously wanted to only play in a warm-weather city.

In response, Gisele asked if it was time for a trade.

Well, now we know the reason for their tweets. It was all part of a marketing campaign.

Brady and Gisele were just teasing a commercial for a cryptocurrency trading company that they appeared in.

Brady’s Twitter profile has indicated in the past that he is a Bitcoin fan, so the endorsement deal makes sense. Kudos to the company for landing both Tom and Gisele for the ad.

Look: See the bandage Tom Brady has on his thumb against Eagles

Tom Brady in practice gear

Tom Brady’s status entering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night was a topic of interest throughout the week.

Brady suffered a thumb injury on his throwing hand in the Bucs’ Week 5 win gainst the Miami Dolphins, though he played through the injury. He showed up to a press conference on Tuesday with his thumb heavily wrapped.

There was never a question about whether Brady would play against Philly in Week 6. There were just questions about whether his thumb injury would impact his effectiveness.

The 44-year-old had a special bandage on his thumb against Philly to help keep everything bound together.

The wrap was so small that it was barely visible even when the FOX telecast zoomed in on it.

The bandage didn’t seem to be an issue for Brady, who went 5/6 with a touchdown pass on Tampa Bay’s opening drive against the Eagles.

Tom Brady makes shocking comment about how long he could play in NFL

Tom Brady in a Bucs jersey

Tom Brady has already defied the aging process and still looks at the top of his game even at age 44. He won a Super Bowl at age 43. He’s having an MVP-caliber season so far for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Many people thought Brady was crazy when he started talking several years ago about playing into his 40s. It was pretty shocking to hear him say he would play until he was 45. But Brady doesn’t even think that’s a challenge. He thinks he could play well past that age!

Brady spoke with Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer and shared some information about how long he thinks he could play. Brady says he could play until he’s 55 without an issue.

“I could literally play until I’m 50 or 55 if I wanted to,” Brady told Storm and Kremer. “I don’t think I will obviously, but my physical body won’t be the problem. I think it’ll be I’m just missing too much of life with my family.”

Now that is nutty. Brady playing until he is 55? He thinks he could do it physically without an issue? All it takes is one injury for his body to start breaking down, and it could all come to an end quickly. But don’t tell Tom that.

Maybe he could keep it going and make it to 50. Then we could call him Satchell Brady. And maybe his family would let him do it too.

What’s interesting is how much more confident Brady sounds about it now compared to during the summer.

Tom Brady downplays thumb injury despite wrap

Tom Brady

Tom Brady will once again test his pain tolerance this week as he works through a thumb injury he suffered Sunday.

Brady hurt his thumb in the blowout win over the Miami Dolphins, though he never left the game. The quarterback appeared at his Tuesday news conference with his thumb heavily wrapped, but said he would be fine for Thursday’s game against Philadelphia.

Brady admitted on Monday that the thumb was “a little bit sore” but said it was nothing he couldn’t deal with.

“This is something hopefully I can work through pretty quickly,” Brady said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s a little bit sore but nothing I’m not used to. I’ve certainly had worse.”

The complication for Brady is that he has a short week to recover with the Buccaneers playing Thursday night. That said, he’s proven his toughness repeatedly, and he played through much worse as recently as last year. It’s not clear how effective he’ll be, but there’s no way he won’t suit up Thursday.

Video reveals Tom Brady’s postgame message to Mac Jones

Tom Brady Mac Jones

Tom Brady had no interest in talking about Mac Jones leading up to last Sunday’s big showdown between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots. However, he did have some encouraging words for the rookie after the game.

Brady and Jones met briefly at midfield following Tampa Bay’s 19-17 win. You can see their interaction in the video below:

“Good game, big guy. Way to play. Great job, great job. Keep it up,” Brady told Jones.

Compare that with what Brady said about Jones days before the game:

Jones, who was likely disappointed after a tough loss, didn’t have much of a response. He also may have just preferred to listen to what the greatest quarterback of all time had to say to him.

You could make the argument that Jones outplayed Brady, not that it mattered. The former Alabama star went 31/40 with 275 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Brady went 22/43 for 269 yards, no touchdowns and no picks.

Brady and Jones set a unique record by facing one another. Perhaps Brady will take some time to work with Jones when Brady retires, though at this point we wouldn’t be shocked if he plays just as long as the rookie.