The jersey worn last month by the New England Patriots' quarterback during Super Bowl LI in Houston was recovered at the home of a former newspaper editor, Mexico's National Security Commission told CNN on Monday. According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the league believes "someone posing as global media" was responsible for the theft.
Until today, it was lost but as since confirmed by the Houston Police Department, it has been found alongside another one of Brady's jerseys that went missing; the one he wore in Super Bowl XLIX.
On Monday, the National Football League released a statement saying that the jersey had been found following joint efforts by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Patriots' security team and other law enforcement agencies.
Shortly after pulling off an epic comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in Houston on Super Bowl Sunday, Brady - still a mere mortal despite some unconfirmed reports - returned to the locker room with the rest of the team to change. It's possible the alleged criminal's scheme wouldn't have ever been uncovered if members of the media didn't notice Brady frantically searching for his jersey in the locker room following the Patriots' 34-28 victory against the Falcons in Super Bowl LI in Houston. So it's unfortunate because that's a nice piece of memorabilia. We repeat, the jersey has been found. The NFL described the suspect as "a credentialed member of the worldwide media". "So if it shows up on eBay somewhere, someone let me know". "Hopefully when I get the jerseys back I can make something very positive come from this experience".
The Super Bowl 51 jersey went missing nearly immediately after the game last month in Houston.
Investigation began immediately following Super Bowl 51, as Brady could not locate his jersey - which Police valued at $500,000 - after placing it inside his bag. Glazer claimed this person "posed" as a member of the media, and was not actually affiliated with anyone.
Comey responded by stating that he was a fan of the New York Giants, who have defeated Brady and the Patriots in two recent Super Bowls.
The U.S. District Attorney's Office will determine the charges the person responsible will face.