Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey, stolen from the locker room after February's game, was returned to him Monday by Patriots owner Robert Kraft along with his jersey from Super Bowl XLIX, which was found with the other one.
The two jerseys were found in Mexico “in possession of a credentialed member of the international media,” the NFL said, NBC News reported. No criminal charges were filed, and a suspect has not yet been publicly identified.
Brady wore the Super Bowl LI jersey Feb. 5 while leading his team on a historic comeback over the Atlanta Falcons at Houston's NRG Stadium, and he was named MVP of the game.
The FBI investigated the theft along with the Houston police department.
“We know how much this means to the Patriots and football fans everywhere, and we are honored to be able to bring these jerseys back” to Boston, where the Patriots are headquartered, the FBI said, NBC reported.
Kraft presented the Super Bowl LI jersey to Brady, saying, “Thanks to our good friends’ cooperation throughout, here it is.” He then pulled out a second jersey, from Super Bowl XLIX, and said, “It took an international trip.”
Brady laughed and said, “That’s awesome,” a video posted by the Patriots showed.
Houston police had assigned a value of $500,000 to the jersey from Super Bowl LI.
Brady didn’t say what he would do with the jerseys, except that he planned to “make something very positive come from this experience,” Fox Sports reported.
Twitter was full of stories about Rob Gronkowski swiping the jersey at Fenway Park on Monday and pretending to run away as Brady threw out the first pitch at the Red Sox game with the jersey.
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