The story of Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey – the one that he wore in this year’s miraculous comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in ludicrously dramatic and record-breaking fashion – had become almost as much of a story as the game itself.
Now, though, it appears that the narrative has reached a close, after it was reported by ESPN that Brady’s jersey from Super Bowl LI, along with another one of his missing jerseys – this time from Super Bowl XLIX had been recovered following an investigation led by the FBI.
Bizarrely, they were found in the possession of a member of the international media, in Mexico City, the home of Mauricio Ortega, who was a director of Diario La Prensa before he resigned last Tuesday, citing family health issues.
A helmet, believed to belong to legendary former Denver Broncos pass-rusher Von Miller was also recovered at the scene and officials are currently attempting to ascertain the helmet’s authenticity. It is thought that the helmet may have been worn by Miller at Super Bowl 50.
In a statement, Tom Brady thanked law enforcement officials for their work.
“I am happy that 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 make something very positive come from this experience.”
For its part, the NFL released a statement to announce the finding of the jersey, which the Guardian reports had been valued at $500,000 by Houston police.
“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.”
New England Patriots fans will hope that the team can replicate their Super Bowl success once again next season; in the Belichick/Brady era, the Patriots have enjoyed a sustained period of unprecedented success, as well as their fair share of disputes with league officials over such incidents as deflate-gate and spy-gate.