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Tom Brady is going to get his Super Bowl 51 jersey back.
On Monday, the NFL announced on Monday that Tom Brady’s jerseys from Super Bowl 51 and Super Bowl 49 have been found, thanks to the help of the NFL security department, the FBI, and the Houston Police Department.
The NFL said the jerseys “were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media.” The Austin American-Statesman reported that the jerseys were found in Mexico.
Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that the Super Bowl 51 jersey was “stolen by someone posing as international media member.”
Glazer elaborated further on Fox Sports’ “Undisputed,” saying the NFL, Patriots, and Houstin Police all watched security footage looking for clues before finding a person of interest, a credentialed media member, who entered the Patriots locker room after the game.
“That person of interest, from what I’m told, is an international member of the media. I don’t believe he’s actually a member of the media, but he was posing as a member of the international media. Got credentialed, it’s been going on for some time. And he actually, from what I’ve been told, they have him going into the locker room right behind Bill Belichick, as if he’s with the team. Goes in there, loiters around for a little while, and is seen leaving the locker room… with something under his arm.”
Additionally, according to Glazer, the Broncos believe the same person who stole Brady’s jerseys may have stolen Von Miller’s helmet and/or cleats after the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 win.
Former Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted about finding the jerseys:
Proud @houstonpolice Major Offenders Divison traced Brady Jersey to Mexico & it has been recovered with help of FBI & Mexican authorities.
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) March 20, 2017
The Super Bowl 51 jersey went missing almost immediately after the game last month in Houston. Brady said he set it down at his locker and it was gone when he returned. The NFL and Houston police then began looking for it.
According to Glazer, authorities had to verify the jerseys were indeed Brady’s and are expected to return them to Brady and the Patriots some time this week.