The curious case of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl LI jersey has finally been solved.
An FBI-led investigation uncovered two of Brady’s uniforms in Mexico. One was worn during New England’s Super Bowl LI victory over the Atlanta Falcons, and the other came from the Super Bowl XLIX win against the Seattle Seahawks.
A helmet believed to have belonged to Denver Broncos star rusher Von Miller was also found.
The Mexican Editorial Organization (OEM) identified Martin Mauricio Ortega as a man involved in the ordeal. There was footage showing Ortega entering the Patriots’ locker room after the Super Bowl. He reached into Brady’s bag, and put the jersey in a plastic black bag.
Per ESPN, Brady released a statement via his agent Don Yee:
“I am happy my jerseys from Super Bowl 49 and 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 can make something very positive come from this experience.”
Ortega was able to gain access to the locker room based upon his standing as a credentialed member of the international media. Houston Police valued Brady’s jersey at an eye-popping $500,000.
Source: Greg M. Cooper /USA TODAY Sports