Not wanting to experience another Tom Brady “Jerseygate” The NFL is getting serious about protecting game-worn and game-used Super Bowl memorabilia.
According to a law enforcement source cited by TMZ.com, there will be “federal agencies, multiple state agencies and private security plus ‘surveillance everywhere’ during Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.
Last year, a young collector helped the FBI track down a Mexican publishing executive who had boasted of owning Brady’s valuable Super Bowl 51 jersey and was also found to be in possession of another Brady Super Bowl gamer and a helmet from former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, among other pricey memorabilia.
The theft was embarrassing for league and local security hired to prevent such things. The value of game-worn memorabilia from big name players is apparently now understood.
Exactly what measures are being taken to secure game-worn gear isn’t known but safe to say there will be more eyes on the items from the time they’re brought to the stadium until they’ve been safely secured after the game between the Patriots and Eagles.
Should the Patriots win a sixth Super Bowl and Brady earn a record-setting sixth ring, anything used by him would likely be among the most valuable game-used NFL memorabilia in existence.