Tom Brady says he’s not sweating it but the New England Patriots, the NFL and law enforcement agencies are still looking for his Super Bowl jersey.
Brady spoke with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on Tuesday and indicated that he was scheduled “to speak with somebody this week” about the search for the valuable jersey, which disappeared from his duffel bag inside the team locker room after the game.
Brady told Florio he is still hoping to get it back but “if I don’t, I don’t…It’s a jersey. I put it in my bag because I wanted to keep it.”
Brady’s historic fifth Super Bowl win, propelled by an epic second half comeback, has made it more than a “nice piece of memorabilia” as he described it. Anyone trying to sell the stolen shirt would be stymied by the publicity but if Brady had turned it over to auction, it’s likely the winning bid would be at least $400,000. It’s also a safe assumption both the team and the Pro Football Hall of Fame would love to have it on display. Long-time appraiser Leila Dunbar offered her analysis of the jersey’s value with comparables and market analysis.
Houston Police and NFL Security have been hoping there was video taken inside the locker room during the time the jersey went missing and that it might yield some clues. So far, though, there has been no indication a suspect in the case has been identified.
The game-winning football was apparently located and is currently on display at the Hall at Patriot Place, a facility that serves as the team’s museum.