HOUSTON – The heist of Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey may gain as much notoriety as the most famous art, jewelry, or bank heist.
Every sports talk show covered the “crime” after the biggest game of the year. Tom Brady said he was 100% certain he placed the jersey in his gear bag following Super Bowl LI. Suddenly the famed No. 12 was missing.
Since somebody apparently “intercepted” his jersey, Texas officials are calling in the Rangers, according to ESPN.
Lt. Gov. wants jersey found
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made the request Monday afternoon. Outside of Texas, people think of Rangers as a baseball team. But within the Lone Star state, the Texas Rangers are a highly respected law enforcement agency that was the forebearer in name to the baseball team. And, according to Patrick, they are on the case.
Patrick indicated the Texas Rangers will work with Houston Police Department to retrieve the jersey that belongs to the New England Patriots quarterback.
Prior to the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, many people referred to Brady as the GOAT—greatest of all time, although it was still arguable. Following the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, combined with his five victories in the big game, along with four MVP awards from Super Bowl victories, most fans no longer disagree, regardless of team affiliation.
“It is important that history does not record that it was stolen in Texas. I’ve called Colonel Steve McCraw to ask that the Texas Rangers work with the Houston Police Department on this case,” said Lt. Gov. Patrick.
“I’m a Texans and Cowboys fan first, but the unquestionable success of the Super Bowl in Houston last night was a big win for our entire state,” he said. “And I don’t want anything to mar that victory. Whoever took this jersey should turn it in. The Texas Rangers are on the trail.”
A Houston Police Department spokesman told ESPN that no police report has been filed regarding the missing jersey but the department has been in contact with NFL Security.
“We have been looking into this disappointing matter and will continue to assist law enforcement authorities,” an NFL spokesman said Monday.
After all the attention given to the disappearance, one thing seems certain, the jersey is not about to find its’ way to eBay.