Not everything went Tom Brady’s way in the evening hours of Sunday night. As he celebrated his fifth Super Bowl championship, he was in search of the game-worn jersey he’d taken off minutes earlier.
It was nowhere to be found.
Brady told those standing near his locker that he knew where he’d put the white jersey with the Super Bowl LI logo on the front but it wasn’t there.
— Billy Krumb (@ClubhouseCancer) February 6, 2017
According to USA Today, Brady called security staff, team equipment managers and backup Jimmy Garappolo over to help help in the search but their efforts apparently turned up nothing. Boston Fox affiliate WFXT sports anchor Tom Leyden indicated later that the jersey was locked up by one of those equipment people but he later posted that a “miscommunication” with Patriots officials led to that report.
If it were ever to come to auction or be put up for sale, the Super Bowl jersey would likely be one of the most valuable modern era sports jerseys ever sold, likely reaching well into six figures. One of Brady’s regular season jerseys sold for $56,000 Saturday at the Super Bowl Auction in Houston. Three other Brady game jerseys worn in recent years have fetched between $26,000 and $46,000, all from regular season games.
“This is not good,” he told those standing near his locker Sunday night. “It was right here and now I don’t have it. Not good.”
— NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2017
Brady later left the locker room but told USA Today he still didn’t have the jersey.
“It’s going to be on eBay soon, I guess.”
That’s not likely. The jersey would be considered stolen property. Knowing it was reported stolen, no auction house would sell it and the consignor would likely face charges.
Team locker rooms are generally guarded by security and the only people allowed in are those who have credentials to enter the area. That would likely rule out a rogue fan who managed to not only sneak into the highly secured area of the stadium but past those checking passes outside the dressing room drawer.
On Monday morning, Brady again addressed the missing jersey.
Brady on his jersey: Those are pretty special ones to keep. But what can you do? I’ll take the ring. That’s good to me.
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) February 6, 2017