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 Brady's jersey from 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 
  • The recent jersey was worn while Brady cemented his status as the greatest quarterback of all time with his fifth Super Bowl and fourth MVP trophy

By Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com

Published: 09:00 EDT, 20 March 2017 | Updated: 10:08 EDT, 20 March 2017

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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.

After the swiping the historic pieces of memorabilia, the common crook sold off the jerseys to the same person.

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)

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.

With his fifth Super Bowl win and fourth MVP trophy, 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.' 

Brady was initially quite upset however when he first realized the jersey had gone missing, and other players immediately began to search the locker room.

'It was right here. I know exactly where I put it,' said Brady at the time.

He later added: 'This is not good. It was right here and now I don't have it. Not good.' 

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.' 

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