On Monday, the NFL released a statement that a collaboration between New England Patriots’ security team and FBI recovered Tom Brady’s stolen Superbowl jersey, along with other memorabilia. The jersey had been missing for more than six weeks and was valued at $500,000 by the Houston Police. Along with the infamous jersey, a Brady Super Bowl XLIX jersey and Superbowl 50 helmet were recovered.
The alleged thief is Mauricio Ortega, a former executive for Diario la Prensa: a Mexican newspaper company. The company announced that Ortega had resigned last week. According to the NFL, “the items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media.” confirming the likeliness of Mauricio being the crook. A Broncos helmet was also recovered, most likely belonging to Von Miller: the Superbowl 50 MVP.
Brady, for the most part, is pleased to know his jerseys were recovered and grateful to the people who made it happen, “I am happy my jerseys from SB XLIX and SB LI have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved…I know they worked very 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.” This jersey may be the greatest NFL memorabilia ever known to man. It was with it that Tom Brady led the historic 25 point lead against the Atlanta Falcons. Along with the jersey, he was also happy for taking the ring and bringing, yet another Lombardi trophy to Foxborough.
“Those are pretty special ones to keep. What can you do?” Brady said. “I’ll take the ring and that’s good enough for me.”
Shortly after they were confirmed to be real, the jersey were returned to their rightful place at Patriot Way in Foxboro. It was such a big deal, that the owner of the Patriots, Robert Kraft, took a picture with the FBI agents that returned them.
Along with the tweet the FBI released a statement: “Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Boston is pleased to return the jerseys worn by New England Patriots MVP Tom Brady during Super Bowl 49 and Super Bowl 51 to the New England Patriots and National Football League. We know how much this means to the Patriots and football fans everywhere, and we are honored to be able to bring these jerseys back to Foxboro.”