Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl jersey found in Mexico

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The jersey worn by Tom Brady during his historic Super Bowl comeback in February has been recovered. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The jersey worn by Tom Brady during the New England Patriots’ remarkable comeback over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI is missing no longer.

The NFL announced Monday in a statement that Brady’s jersey has been recovered after being found in the possession of an unidentified member of the international media.

Houston police chief Art Acevedo said the department’s major offenders division traced the jersey to Mexico and it was recovered with the help of the FBI and Mexican authorities.

The NFL said the jersey, which had been assigned a value of $500,000 by the Houston police, was in “possession of a credentialed member of the international media”.

The statement added that Brady’s jersey from the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks in February 2015 was also recovered.

“Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered,” the NFL said. “Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.

“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.”

Shortly after the Patriots’ come-from-behind victory over the Falcons at Houston’s NRG Stadium last month, Brady realized his jersey was taken from a bag in the locker room.

“I put it in the bag, and I came out and it wasn’t there any more,” Brady told media the following morning. “It’s unfortunate because that’s a nice piece of memorabilia. If it shows up on eBay somewhere, someone let me know so I can track that down.”

The team’s owner Robert Kraft likened the theft to “taking a great Chagall or Picasso” in an interview on the Fox Business Network.

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