2017-03-20 14:39:02
F.B.I. Says Tom Brady’s Missing Super Bowl Jerseys Have Been Found

14:39, March 20 292 0

Tom Brady’s missing jersey from Super Bowl LI has been found, but the mystery about how it disappeared is still unsolved.

The chief of the Houston Police Department, Art Acevedo, said the jersey, which was reported missing after the Super Bowl in Houston in February, had been recovered in Mexico with the help of the F.B.I. and Mexican authorities.

The N.F.L., the New England Patriots, the F.B.I. and other law enforcement agencies said they located not only the jersey Brady wore in Super Bowl LI, but also another one, missing for two years, that was worn by Brady at Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz.

“The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media,” Brian McCarthy, an N.F.L. spokesman, said in a statement.

About 5,700 members of the media received credentials for the event, including several hundred from Mexico, where the N.F.L. is making a push for new fans. The Oakland Raiders will play the Patriots in Mexico City next season, and the Raiders and the Houston Texans played there in November, at Estadio Azteca, in what was the second regular-season N.F.L. game there.

In a phone interview, McCarthy would not say where the jerseys were found. The F.B.I., he said, is continuing to investigate the matter.

Soon after the conclusion of the Patriots’ stunning, come-from-behind Super Bowl LI victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Brady was seen on camera complaining that his jersey, which he said he had placed in a bag, was gone.

The next day, the lieutenant governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, asked the state police to help their counterparts in Houston to find Brady’s jersey. At the time, it was unclear if it was misplaced or stolen.

Some auctioneers estimated the jersey could fetch tens of thousands of dollars at auction.

Brady sought to shrug off the loss of the jersey.

“Those are special ones to keep, you know, but what can you do,” he said after receiving a football-shaped trophy for being named the game’s most valuable player. “I’ll take the ring, and that’s good enough for me.”

Now, it appears, he will get back his jersey to go with the ring.