Tom Brady is a seven-time Super Bowl champion, the all-time passing touchdowns leader and arguably the greatest quarterback ever. And now the historic football that Brady threw for his first career touchdown pass headlines the Lelands 2021 Mid-Spring Classic Auction, which runs through June 4.
On Oct, 14, 2001, in a comeback home win against San Diego, Brady threw his first-ever touchdown pass in the NFL, connecting on a 21-yard score to wide receiver Terry Glenn that launched Brady’s Hall of Fame career and paved the way for the Patriots’ dynasty. After celebrating his TD reception, Glenn tossed the football six rows up into the stands to the left of the goal post, where it was snagged by the consignor, who was sitting in his regular seat in Section 12.
The consignor is a 48-year-old Rhode Island man and longtime Patriots fan and season ticket holder. He had kept the football in a bank safe deposit box for most of the past 20 years, going to see it only before Patriots playoff games in a superstitious ritual.
The ball has been photomatched to the one Glenn held up that afternoon based on markings that were specific to the Patriots at the time. “It’s incredible that there was a photographer that close to him at that moment in time,” Lelands’ Jordan Gilroy told ESPN.com. “Everything in that scenario was perfect, and we definitely did our due diligence to make sure it is the one.”
The opening bid is $75,000.
“Tom Brady is the GOAT and continues to add to his unbelievable legacy with each passing season,” said Lelands President Mike Heffner. “His first touchdown pass football is simply the most historic one to hit hit the auction block, and we’re excited to bring it to the collecting public.”
“It’s been a great thrill to own Tom Brady’s first career touchdown pass because he’s the greatest quarterback in NFL history, and he’s also my favorite player ever,” said the consignor. “But now it’s time for someone else to enjoy it.”