Tom Brady won Super Bowl LI in stunning fashion, driving the New England Patriots to one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.
What he lost, though, was the jersey he wore while doing it. Until now.
The FBI has recovered Brady's now-infamous Super Bowl jersey, and where they found it is shocking. The NFL released a statement regarding the jersey recovery, but didn't release any footage of the suspect who swiped the jersey estimated to be worth at least $500,000.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports 1 was the first to release exclusive footage of the suspect during his talk show Monday morning, giving a glimpse of the man believed to be responsible for stealing from Touchdown Tom:
It's hard to see the jersey, but obviously the suspect was trying to keep it as low key as possible. How he managed to stuff what is a rather large jersey so neatly under his arm is a mystery in itself. The NFL's jersey are rather bulky, even when folded, because of the stitched lettering.
The investigation led the FBI to Mexico, where they also recovered Brady's Super Bowl jersey from the Patriot's victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Quite the memorabilia haul, to say the least.
Here's the NFL's statement regarding the new development, courtesy of Brian McCarthy:
The investigation is still ongoing, but it appears they've cracked a case that seemed to quiet down after it became one of the biggest stories following the Patriot's win.
Brady racked up 466 yards and two touchdowns during the Patriots' comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons, earning Most Valuable Players honors on his way to his fifth title and fourth Super Bowl MVP.
It was the performance of a lifetime, driving the value of the jersey through the roof. Adding even more value was the fact that it was the first overtime game in Super Bowl history. The Patriots discovered the jersey was taken shortly after and filed a police report immediately.
The alleged thief clearly has media credentials hanging around his neck, which allowed him to pop into the locker room and out with the jersey. We're willing to bet that he won't be approved for a credential again any time soon, should he be found guilty of this unusual crime.
One of the most important game worn pieces of sports apparel is headed back to its rightful owner, and the credentialed media member responsible for this will be lucky to watch the NFL at all once the investigation concludes.
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