After Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to a historic comeback victory against the Atlanta Falcons in last month's Super Bowl, someone stole the five-time Super Bowl winner's jersey out of his locker. On Monday, law enforcement announced they found the jersey, estimated to be worth as much as $500,000, in Mexico, in the possession of a member of the international media.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted that his department's Major Offenders Division had tracked down the jersey south of the border.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported earlier Monday morning that FBI and NFL security had located the jersey. Glazer also indicated the jersey had been stolen by a person posing as an international media member. The person has not been identified and charges have not been filed.
But it was unclear if the thief was posing as a media member or actually was a credentialed member of the press. The NFL released a statement Monday morning confirming that the jersey had been recovered. In that statement, the NFL identified the suspect as a "credentialed member of the international media," making no indication that the person had secured their credentials through deceptive means.
The NFL said that authorities had also recovered the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots 2015 Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
After the Super Bowl win, in which the Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to secure an overtime victory, Brady mentioned that he was scheduled to speak to investigators about the jersey.
“I hope I get it back,” Brady said on the PFT Live radio show in February. “If I don’t, I don’t. It’s a jersey... I put it in my bag because I wanted to keep it. It’s just a nice piece of memorabilia to have, but I’m not sure where they’re at with that. I know I have to talk to somebody this week in regards to them trying to find it, but if they don’t, they don’t."