Tom Brady Super Bowl jersey located by FBI on foreign soil

  • The FBI has recovered the jersey worn by Tom Brady in the Super Bowl six weeks after it was stolen from his locker 
  • It was located in Mexico thanks to the joint efforts of NFL security, New England Patriots security, law enforcement authorities and the FBI
  • FBI agents also located the jersey Brady wore during the Patriots 2015 Super Bowl win, which had never before been reported as stolen
  • The person who stole the jerseys reportedly pawned them off after taking them from the quarterback's locker 
  • That individual has not been named but is a 'credentialed member of the international media' the NFL revealed on Monday 
  • Jay Glazer of Fox Sports later revealed that the culprit in the Brady case may have also stolen 2016 Super Bowl MVP Von Miller's helmet and cleats  

By Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com

Published: 09:00 EDT, 20 March 2017 | Updated: 11:44 EDT, 20 March 2017

The hunt for Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey has finally come to an end, with the FBI recovering the historic piece of memorabilia six weeks after it disappeared from the quarterback's locker in Houston. 

In a brief news release sent out on Monday morning, the NFL wrote that the jersey worn by Brady during last month's game had been located and retrieved thanks to the joint efforts of NFL security, New England Patriots security,  law enforcement authorities and the FBI. 

The FBI reportedly became involved in the hunt due to the fact that the jersey was located in Mexico.

It was revealed at the same time that the jersey Brady wore in the 2015 Super Bowl was also recovered by the FBI, with the same individual accused of stealing the quarterback's uniform on both occasions.

The thief has not yet been identified, but is a 'credentialed member of the international media' according to the NFL, and the individual sold off the jerseys to the same person.

No further information was given by the NFL, whose release on Monday came from a member of the press office and not Commissioner Roger Goodell, despite the fact that Brady's Deflategate foe is generally the first to speak about major news regarding the league.

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Lost and found: The FBI has located the football jersey worn by Tom Brady in the Super Bowl six weeks after it was stolen from his locker (Brady above during the Super Bowl in February) Lost and found: The FBI has located the football jersey worn by Tom Brady in the Super Bowl six weeks after it was stolen from his locker (Brady above during the Super Bowl in February)

Lost and found: The FBI has located the football jersey worn by Tom Brady in the Super Bowl six weeks after it was stolen from his locker (Brady above during the Super Bowl in February)

Befuddled Brady: The jersey was found Mexico thanks to the joint efforts of NFL security, New  Patriots security, law enforcement and the FBI (Brady realizing he has lost 2017 jersey above) Befuddled Brady: The jersey was found Mexico thanks to the joint efforts of NFL security, New  Patriots security, law enforcement and the FBI (Brady realizing he has lost 2017 jersey above)

Befuddled Brady: The jersey was found Mexico thanks to the joint efforts of NFL security, New Patriots security, law enforcement and the FBI (Brady realizing he has lost 2017 jersey above)

Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer said on 'Undisputed' Monday morning that the thief got access to the jersey by following Bill Belichick into the locker room after the game. 

The man walked in with a backpack and then exited shortly after with something beneath his arm according to Glazer, who said that this was all captured by camera crews filming the event. 

Glazer also noted that while this person was 'credentialed,' he did not believe him to actually be a member of the media.

During that same appearance Glazer also offered up another unbelievable twist in the story, revealing that the Denver Broncos believe this same man might have stolen the helmet and cleats belonging to 2016 Super Bowl MVP Von Miller. 

That would mean that the thief stole memorabilia from the past three winners Super Bowl MVP recipients.

DailyMail.com has reached out to 2014 winner Malcolm Smith of the Seattle Seahawks and Joe Flacco, who won the honor in 2013, to learn if any pieces of their uniforms went missing after their Super Bowl victories.

Members of the Houston Police Department, who were the first to respond to the case, were also vital in locating the jersey according to Chief Art Acevedo.

He wrote on Twitter early Monday that the men and women of the Major Offenders Division tracked down the uniform, at which point the FBI was called in to recover the stolen goods with the help of Mexican officials.  

Brady's most recent jersey was said to be worth $500,000 based on the price it would likely get at auction, though that number seems a bit low given the historic significance of this year's game.

Whispering angels: Cameras inside the Patriots locker room captured the moment Brady told owner Bob Kraft about the theft (above) Whispering angels: Cameras inside the Patriots locker room captured the moment Brady told owner Bob Kraft about the theft (above)

Whispering angels: Cameras inside the Patriots locker room captured the moment Brady told owner Bob Kraft about the theft (above)

With his fifth Super Bowl win and fourth MVP trophy last month, Brady cemented his status as the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.

Brady said he specifically remembered putting his No. 12 jersey into his bag following his team's remarkable overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons. 

'I put it my bag and I came out and it wasn't there anymore,' Brady told reporters on Monday - about 11 hours after his Super Bowl victory.

'It's unfortunate because that's a nice piece of memorabilia, so if it shows up on eBay somewhere, someone let me know to try to track that down.'

Soon after the jersey went missing it was revealed that an equipment manager had even locked the piece of memorabilia away so that it would not be stolen, a move that makes sense now in light of the revelation about Brady's 2015 jersey disappearing from his locker. 

A befuddled Brady was filmed moments after the Patriots record-breaking win telling owner Bob Kraft that he could not find his uniform, saying in a video posted by Around the NFL writer Dan Hanzus: 'Somebody stole my game jersey.'

Kraft, who was in a jovial mood and passing out celebratory cigars to the team at the time, responded to Brady by saying: 'Well, you better look online.' 

The owner and longtime pal of President Trump later told Maria Bartiromo while appearing on her Fox Business Network show 'Mornings with Maria' that stealing Brady's jersey was akin to 'taking a great Chagall or Picasso.' 

Creepy me?: The suspect board (above) that Brady put together last month in the hunt for his jersey Creepy me?: The suspect board (above) that Brady put together last month in the hunt for his jersey

Creepy me?: The suspect board (above) that Brady put together last month in the hunt for his jersey

The theft of Brady's iconic jersey also sent Twitter into meltdown at the time, with many quick to identify who they believed might have stolen the jersey - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

'Roger Goodell so mad the Patriots won he stole Brady's jersey...SMH,' joked one individual on Twitter.

'Goodell definitely stole Brady's jersey,' said another person on Twitter.

Jason Gay joked on Twitter: 'Can't believe someone took Brady's jersey. Be on the lookout in New England for someone wearing a Tom Brady jersey.'  

Brady also joined the search efforts last month when he shared a photo of the suspect board he had put together in the hunt for the jersey. 

Among those he suspected of he act were half time performer Lady Gaga, teammate and 'sneaky little squirrel' Julian Edelman and 'creepy me,' which Brady wrote under a courtroom artist's rendering of him from one of his Deflatgate hearings.

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