With All Eyes on Tom Brady, His Super Bowl Jersey Went Missing
But now not even Brady has the most coveted one, the one he wore in the New England Patriots’ stunning, come-from-behind Super Bowl LI victory over the Atlanta Falcons. It went missing shortly after he took it off in the locker room after the game Sunday night, and on Monday nobody seemed to know where it was.
The lieutenant governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, asked the state police to help their local counterparts in Houston find Brady’s jersey.
“In Texas we place a very high value on hospitality and football,” Patrick said in a statement on Monday. “Tom Brady’s jersey has great historical value and is already being called ‘the most valuable N.F.L. collectible ever.’ It will likely go in the Hall of Fame one day. It is important that history does not record that it was stolen in Texas.”
It is not clear if it was misplaced or stolen; a spokesman for the team declined to comment.
In a video shot in the locker room, Brady is heard complaining that somebody took the jersey. He had put it in a bag, he said, and noticed it was gone when he checked the bag later.
However upset Brady may have been, he managed to joke that it might turn up on an online auction site.Replica jerseys can be purchased for about $120 from the N.F.L. merchandise store, but a game-worn one, technically owned by the team and the league, surely could go for thousands of dollars in an auction.
On Monday morning, Brady said he was disappointed, but he appeared to have accepted that the jersey, the one that bore witness to the greatest comeback victory in a Super Bowl, was gone for good.
“Those are special ones to keep, you know, but what can you do?” he asked after receiving a football-shaped trophy for being named the game’s most valuable player. “I’ll take the ring, and that’s good enough for me.”
Brady will get more than a ring. He and other members of the Patriots will also get winners’ checks for $107,000.
Of course, social media weighed in on the jersey.
Not long after, they amended their post to say, #NOitsNOTThisSTOLENjersey.