Super Bowl legend Tom Brady's missing jersey found

Published: 21 March 2017

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It’s a story that became as famous as the New England Patriots’ fairy tale comeback to win this year’s Super Bowl.

Who stole superstar quarterback Tom Brady’s jersey while the team was celebrating the unbelievable win in the locker room.

But the mystery has been solved, with authorities finding the jersey in Mexico, along with the jersey worn in Brady’s fourth Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks two years earlier.

In a statement, the NFL said they were found “in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media.”

They are currently being authenticated by authorities, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.

The Mexican Editorial Organisation, a major newspaper publishing company, has allegedly identified the man as Martin Mauricio Ortega, director of one of its newspapers Diario La Prensa, until he resigned last Tuesday.

The man dubbed the greatest quarterback of all time seemed pretty chuffed to have this jersey back.

“I am happy my jerseys from SB 49 and SB 51 have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved. 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,” Brady said in a statement released via his agent, Don Yee. 

According to ESPN, authorities used footage from Fox, which showed Ortega entering the locker room and, with his back to the camera, reaching into Brady’s bag and putting the jersey into a black plastic bag before leaving.

Authorities went over approximately 20,000 credentials, eventually settling on Ortega as a person of interest.

The jersey has been valued at $500,000 by Houston Police and sports auctioneer Ken Goldin.

A Denver Broncos helmet believed to be Von Miller’s from Super Bowl 50 was also recovered, sources told ESPN.