The NFL has confirmed that quarterback Tom Brady's missing jerseys from Super Bowl LI and XLIX have been recovered.
Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, said that his No. 12 jersey went missing on Feb. 5, immediately after the Super Bowl LI game in Houston, where the Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime. USA Today reports that Brady was seen frantically searching for his missing jersey in the aftermath of the Patriots' win.
"It was right here. I know exactly where I put it," he said. Brady then called his security team to help him find the missing jersey.
On his way out of the stadium, reporters asked whether he had recovered the jersey.
"No," he said. "It is going to be on eBay soon, I guess."
Houston police teamed up with the FBI to track the jersey, and their search eventually led them to Mexico.
"The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media," the NFL confirmed in a statement, according to WPIX.
Because the investigation is still ongoing, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo could not release more details. Brady's jersey from Super Bowl XLIX was also recovered. The LI jersey alone was estimated to be worth $500,000.
Acevedo says that lax security in the NFL locker rooms allowed the thefts to occur in the first place, according to WFXT.
"It was a jersey and now two jerseys ... I just hope the NFL takes a look at their security in the locker rooms," he said.
The missing jersey was a "blemish" on Houston's otherwise successful hosting of the Super Bowl, according to Acevedo. He says that it was the hard work of the Houston Police Department that led to the jersey's eventual return.
"The jersey is in the hands of the NFL and the FBI. It is in Boston," he said. "but the reason the jersey was recovered was because of the men and women of the Houston Police Department."
"It's like the Texas bravado," Acevedo continued. "You came to the wrong state."
Brady is the first NFL quarterback to win five Super Bowl titles. He also has four MVP titles, more than any other player in the league.
Authorities are currently working to ensure the authenticity of the jerseys, but Acevedo believes that the items are not knock-offs.
"We're highly confident these are, in fact, the jerseys," he said, according to WFXT.