In the wake of the New England Patriots’ historic Super Bowl LI comeback over the Atlanta Falcons, a weird story was the disappearing jersey of Tom Brady. Security members and equipment managers couldn’t locate it after Brady placed it somewhere and a full-fledged jersey hunt was on. The Texas Rangers (not the baseball team) even offered their services in trying to locate it. But for two months, there hadn’t been any news on Brady’s incredibly valuable jersey.
Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey, which some estimates put at worth half-a-million dollars, has been found. And it took an international effort spanning the globe to try to find it. This morning the NFL released a statement that Brady’s Super Bowl LI game jersey was in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media. The FBI was even involved! I’m sure Roger Goodell is wondering why he couldn’t have used them during the whole DeflateGate thing.
Moreover, Brady’s Super Bowl XLIX jersey was also found in the same search from when the Patriots beat the Seahawks two years ago.
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) March 20, 2017
Apparently the international investigation didn’t have to go very far as the jerseys were found in Mexico according to Houston police.
Proud @houstonpolice Major Offenders Divison traced Brady Jersey to Mexico & it has been recovered with help of FBI & Mexican authorities.
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) March 20, 2017
The odd development in all of this is two of Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys being found with the same person. I can’t recall Brady’s Super Bowl XLIX jersey being stolen and a couple quick Google and Twitter searches find no stories attached to the game jersey from that championship going missing. Somehow though, the Super Bowl 49 jersey ended up with the Super Bowl 51 jersey as some kind of package deal.
Now the questions begin as to who the international media member was that took the jerseys. If they presumably covered multiple games and had access to both jerseys, they have to be a legitimate member of the media and not one of those people that just forged a credential and somehow broke in to the game. Furthermore, they must be very fond of rare sports collectibles to not go ahead and sell the jerseys on the black market to take the money and get it out of their possession. Then again, maybe they didn’t think that THE FBI would be after them to try to do Tom Brady a favor by going into Mexico and retrieving his jerseys.
Yes, I know, there’s about a million Donald Trump jokes in here. But let’s take the high road for once.