“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 and I don’t want anything to mar that victory,” Patrick said in the statement. “Whoever took this jersey should turn it in. The Texas Rangers are on the trail.”
A Patriots fan posted an Instagram post of himself holding up an authentic Brady jersey from after Sunday’s game with hashtags including #BradysRevenge and #stolehisjersey. The caption was later updated to include “RELAX!!! ITS A JOKE.” If one of these guys had actually stolen Brady’s jersey, the Texas Rangers wouldn’t have much trouble tracking them down.
Brady looked high and low around his locker in NRG Stadium on Sunday night and could not find the game jersey he had worn while winning his fifth Super Bowl, according to USA Today.
“It was right here,” he said. “I know exactly where I put it.”
Security and equipment staff began looking for it, too, but it did not immediately turn up. “This is not good,” he said. “It was right here, and now I don’t have it. Not good.”
As he left the stadium, he told USA Today that the jersey, destined for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was still missing. “It’s going to be on eBay soon, I guess,” he said.
At his MVP news conference on Monday morning, Brady was again asked about the garment — and again invoked a certain online bidding site.
“That’s a nice piece of memorabilia,” he said, “so if it shows up on eBay somewhere someone let me know.”
He declined to say whether he had planned to give it to his mother, who is battling cancer, adding only: “Those are pretty special ones to keep, but what can you do? I’ll keep the ring and that’s good enough for me.”
We’ll see how the Texas Rangers do in tracking it down. As Brady told Boston radio station WEEI on Monday, losing it “sucks, but oh well.”
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