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Case solved: NFL, FBI find stolen Tom Brady Super Bowl LI jersey

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The FBI. An apparent rogue member of the “international media.” It’s a modern-day football crime thriller, all in the search for the Tom Brady Super Bowl LI jersey.

Now, Brady’s jersey can be returned to its rightful owner.

The NFL announced Monday morning that the league’s security office had recovered the jersey worn by the New England Patriots quarterback in February’s Super Bowl LI victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

The find concludes a six-week search that began after the brazen theft of Brady’s jersey from the Patriots’ locker room shortly after the conclusion of the Super Bowl in Houston.

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The league said the jersey turned out to be “in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media.”

It turns out that Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey wasn’t the only thing they found. The search for that jersey also turned up the former Michigan star’s jersey from the Super Bowl two years earlier, when the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks.

The Super Bowl LI jersey had an estimated value of $500,000 on the sports memorabilia market. The NFL referred any other questions to the FBI.

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