I’m sure many of us will be aware of the story by now, amid all the drama of Super Bowl LI in Texas, Tom Brady’s game jersey went missing. Even more interesting is that it was also revealed recently that his Super Bowl XLIX jersey was also missing.
Well both jerseys have been located by the FBI and NFL security as announced by the NFL yesterday morning.
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) March 20, 2017
The FBI and NFL security are now in the process of returning the jersey to the Patriots and no doubt it will be on display in The Hall before long which is the museum in Foxboro for memorabilia of this nature before returning to Brady himself. The NFL believed that the jersey was stolen by someone posing as an international media member and that is how the FBI ended up becoming involved in the case.
Ian Rapoport reported that the person is Mauricio Ortega and his newspaper is due to release a statement on the incident. During a broadcast of FS1, a portion of footage used to track down the jersey thief was shown.
EXCLUSIVE: Video of suspect in theft of Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 20, 2017
Brady has released his own statement on the matter:
“I am happy my jerseys from SB 49 and SB 51 have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved. I know they worked hard on this case – and it is very much appreciated. Hopefully when I get the jerseys back I can make something very positive come from this experience.”
The story gets even more interesting as there are reports that the reported may also have been found in possession of Von Miller’s cleats and jersey from Super Bowl 50. The jersey from Super Bowl LI became a hot topic which sparked the search as the NFL showed video of Brady in the locker room after the Super Bowl unable to locate his jersey.
— NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2017
When he was asked about it in the postgame press conference he said, “I put it in my bag and then came out and it wasn’t there anymore, so it’s unfortunate because that’s a nice piece of memorabilia. So if it shows up on eBay somewhere, someone let me know, try to track that down.”
Several investigators were assigned to try locate the jersey which is estimated to be worth $500,000. The good news is that the jersey is now on the way back to where it belongs.