The NFL announced on Monday that Tom Brady's jersey from Super Bowl LI has been found after an international investigation. USA TODAY Sports
Tom Brady’s missing jersey from Super Bowl LI has been found in Mexico, along with the jersey the New England Patriots quarterback wore in the Super Bowl two years earlier, Houston police chief Art Acevedo told reporters on Monday.
The NFL said in a statement that investigation from the FBI, NFL security and Texas law enforcement officials discovered the jerseys in the possession of a “credentialed member of the international media.” Acevedo said efforts are underway to authenticate the jerseys, which are "in the hands of the NFL and FBI" in Boston.
Executive Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Lowery told USA TODAY Sports "there have not been charges or an arrest in the matter involving the recovered jerseys" since the authentication process has not been completed.
Brady discovered the jersey was missing shortly after returning from the 34-28 overtime win against the Atlanta Falcons to the Patriots’ locker room following his post-Super Bowl media obligations.
It was previously unreported that Brady's game-worn jersey from Super Bowl XLIX had gone missing.
"I am happy my jersey from SB 49 and SB 51 have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved," Brady said in a statement released via his agent, Don Yee. "I know they worked 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."
The NFL also reached out to the Denver Broncos regarding a recovered helmet that might belong to Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller.
“We have been in contact with NFL security regarding a Denver Broncos helmet that could potentially belong to Von Miller," the Broncos said in a statement. "As it is an ongoing investigation, we will refer all additional questions and inquiries to the NFL."
Acevedo said recovering the jersey was "not the highest priority" of his department.
"I told them not to burn the midnight oil," Acevedo said. "If it was that important (to the NFL), you'd have better security measures inside the locker room. By the same token, it's Texas. We have a lot of organizational pride. Our mayor and our (city) council put a lot of effort in welcoming the world to the city of Houston. The only blemish was the theft from the locker room."
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