HOUSTON – The jersey stolen from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady last month in the dressing room of the NRG Stadium in Houston after the 2017 Super Bowl has been recovered in Mexico, apparently from an as yet unidentified journalist.
“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,” said a statement from the National Football League, which attributed the find to cooperation among NFL security and Patriots security, the FBI and various police forces.
The assessed value of the championship jersey is approximately $500,000.
Brady announced that the New England uniform shirt had disappeared after the Patriots’ 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
The NFL note also said that the jersey Brady used in the 2015 Super Bowl, in which the Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks, was also recovered.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the jerseys were found in Mexico and are currently being examined in Boston by the FBI to confirm their authenticity.
The NFL said the items were found in the possession of a member of the international media who had the necessary credentials to report on those games.
Almost simultaneously, the Mexican Publishing Organization said on Twitter that a former executive of Diario La Prensa, one of the newspapers of the network, is involved in the case.