A collective gasp could be heard throughout New England on Sunday when Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola gave the ball that Tom Brady threw for his 400th career touchdown pass to a fan.
Luckily, David Bowen was the man who received it. The 30-year season-ticket holder almost immediately gave the ball back to the Patriots when a ball boy asked him for it and gave him a new one.
The ball now is on display at The Hall at Patriot Place, and Bowen got to meet Brady on Wednesday after the team’s practice at Gillette Stadium.
“He was very generous, he was very nice to us, it was overwhelming, it’s something I’ll remember forever,” Bowen told the Boston Herald’s Owen Boss.
“He signed some stuff for me and thanked me for returning the ball,” Bowen added. “I got to congratulate an icon on this amazing accomplishment and what he’s done. It was great.”
Bowen had a photo op with Brady, too.
It appears Bowen’s decision to return the ball worked out well for everyone.