Tom Brady’s missing jerseys from Super Bowl LI and XLIX have been found, the NFL said Monday.
“The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media,” an NFL statement said.
In the locker room following the New England Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, Brady noticed his No. 12 jersey was missing after he said he had put it in his bag. The estimated value of the jersey is $500,000, according to a police report released in February by the Houston Police Department.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a tweet that the jersey was traced to Mexico and that it was recovered with the “help of FBI and Mexican authorities.”
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
No other details were released about the recovery, which also netted the jersey Brady wore in 2015 to defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. The NFL referred additional questions to the FBI, citing the ongoing investigation.
The FBI is not commenting, citing the ongoing investigation.
The Patriots were down 28-9 heading into the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 before scoring 19 points and winning the game with a touchdown in overtime. It was the first overtime game in Super Bowl history.
Brady is the first quarterback to win five Super Bowl titles. He was named Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time, the most all time.
The NFL’s entire statement on the recovery reads:
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. 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 possession of a credentialed member of the international media. Due to the ongoing investigation, we would refer any additional questions to the FBI.
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) March 20, 2017