On Monday, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that the FBI and NFL security believe they have traced the missing Super Bowl LI jersey on foreign soil. And the authorities believe it will be returned.
Glazer also added that the FBI is involved and joined the search efforts as soon as the uniform made its way abroad.
Houston police deemed the theft a felony taking into account the hefty value of Tom Brady’s jersey. It is said to be worth up to $500,000 at a memorabilia auction.
Brady is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots. He is one of only two football players to win five Super Bowls. Moreover, he is the only quarterback to win five and the only player to win them all playing for one team.
On Super Bowl day, the MVP can be seen on a video by Yahoo! Sports looking for his clothes. He was asking a teammate in the locker room, “Did someone take my jersey. I absolutely, 100 percent put it in my bag.”
And even with all his efforts, Brady could not locate his shirt. “If anyone sees on eBay, a jersey for sale…” he even kidded.
The following day, Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick put out an announcement asking whoever took the jersey to return it.
“In Texas we place a very high value on hospitality and football. Tom Brady’s jersey has great historical value and is already being called ‘the most valuable NFL collectible ever.’ It will likely go into the Hall of Fame one day. It is important that history does not record that it was stolen in Texas. I’ve called Colonel Steve McCraw to ask that the Texas Rangers work with the Houston Police Department on this case,” Patrick revealed.
He continued, “I’m a Texans and Cowboys fan first, but the unquestionable success of the Super Bowl in Houston last night was a big win for our entire state and I don’t want anything to mar that victory. Whoever took this jersey should turn it in. The Texas Rangers are on the trail.”
Finally in a statement released last week, an NFL spokesperson has confirmed a report. There’s not one, but two, of Brady’s stolen game-worn Super Bowl jerseys. The league said an international media-credentialed member had possession of both jerseys.
The spokesperson wrote, “Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered.”
The statement continued, “Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media. Due to the ongoing investigation, we would refer any additional questions to the FBI.”
Furthermore, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo revealed that the stolen merchandise was in Mexico.
Nevertheless, the Super Bowl MVP has always been optimistic that his jersey would find its way back.