Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl 51 jersey found after apparent theft
By Anton Toloui, SSNHQ reporter
Last Updated: 20/03/17 4:35pm
The jersey worn by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in last month's Super Bowl LI victory has been found after apparently being stolen.
Brady's shirt had gone missing during the celebrations after the 39-year-old collected his fourth Super Bowl MVP award, having helped the Patriots rally from a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28.
That sparked an investigation involving the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, who have recovered the jersey as well as the one worn by Brady in New England's Super Bowl XLIX victory over Seattle in 2015.
The NFL confirmed the jerseys were found in the possession of a member of the international media who was accredited for last month's season finale.
It is thought the top was taken from Brady's bag from inside the locker room at Houston's NRG Stadium. It is valued at around $500,000, which means it could be classed as a first-degree felony carrying a maximum penalty in Texas of 99 years in prison.
A league statement read: "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.
"The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media. Due to the ongoing investigation, we would refer any additional questions to the FBI."
Brady said at the time: "It's unfortunate because that's a nice piece of memorabilia.
"If it shows up on eBay some day, can you let me know so I can track that down? That was a pretty special one to keep. But, what can you do? I'll take the ring and that's good enough for me."
New England have won five of the past 17 Super Bowls, with Brady under centre every time.