The Miami real estate broker won the Tom Brady Ball auction

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, and quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa, Florida on February 7, 2021 .

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Tom Brady’s decision to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers less than two months after his retirement almost cost someone over $518,000.

It was the price of a winning bid at an auction for Brady’s final touchdown pass of the 2021 NFL season. The auction ended less than 24 hours before Brady changed his mind with retirement.

And after the sale was recently canceledthe anonymous buyer has revealed his identity.

Miami commercial real estate broker Ron Firman spoke to “Inside Edition” about the whirlwind process.

“At first I couldn’t believe it,” Firman told Inside Edition. “Is it possible? How could this happen?”

The outlet reported that Firman said he planned to work with the auction house to have the football placed in a museum for public viewing, despite the high price tag of $518,628.

What if Brady definitely retires at the end of this season?

“I’m going to bid on this ball again,” Firman told Inside Edition.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, and quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa, Florida on February 7 2021. Steve Luciano PA

Jason, a sports journalist, has covered high school, college and professional sports since joining the Bradenton Herald in 2010. He has won Florida Press Club awards for sports writing and reporting. He currently writes articles on college and professional sports for the McClatchy East Region Realtime Team.